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“Superb Estuary Walk”
Review of The Mawddach Trail

The Mawddach Trail
Ranked #2 of 17 things to do in Dolgellau
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed October 10, 2013

This trail found fame recently when Julia Bradbury walked it in her TV series. Running from Dolgellau to Barmouth it can be very busy on Bank Holidays and occasionally the walk can be ruined by high speed cyclists particularly if you are walking with a dog.

Thank michaeljohnlee3
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Reviewed September 24, 2013

We cycled from Barmouth to Dolgellau and back, having hired bikes from Birmingham garage. Really enjoyed it, especially going out (a bit tired on the way back) stopped for a drink at the hotel by the toll bridge at Penmaenpool ( a bit odd as we had to hunt the bar man down and hotel reception really wasn't interested in helping!). Worth going onto Dolgellau as it's such a pleasant town; full of character.

Thank mendip_7
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Reviewed September 18, 2013

This route is 8-10 miles long from Dolgellau to Barmouth along a disused railway line. Cycling and walking is very easy along the wide track with stunning views of the estuary. The highlight is travelling along the railway bridge across the mouth of the estuary with mountains on one side and the sea on the other.

Thank wincho
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Reviewed September 16, 2013

A round trip along the Mawddach estuary from Dolgellau to Barmouth of almost 20 miles. Part of the abandoned Ruabon-Barmouth railway line. Ideal for cycling - not sure I'd fancy walking on such an unforgiving surface. Superb scenery west of Penmaenpool. Nothing special east of this point. Worth starting and finishing at Penmaenpool if you're up against the clock. The only negative is the trail's badly designed bike gates: it would be very difficult to negotiate them with a tandem or a child in tow.

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Reviewed September 16, 2013

We hired mountain bikes from Chris at Birmingham Garage, Barmouth for a very reasonable £14 per day. It made a change for us cycling rather than walking and we certainly got to see more of this beautiful estuary, several herons and marvellous views and thoroughly enjoyed crossing the wooden bridge at the beginning. We turned back at Penmaenpool, and were glad we did the trail from Barmouth as it seemed more downhill on the way back, which we were grateful for as the rain had set in and we were rather tired, so bear this in mind if like ourselves, you rarely cycle. Yes the trail is flat, but with chunky mountain bike tyres, it is still quite hard work if you last went on a bike as a child!

Thank ZaksAngel
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