Barmouth Bridge, Mawddach Estuary

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The Mawddach Estuary is where the River Mawddach (Afon Mawddach in Welsh) meets the sea and forms a stunning wide sandy estuary. At the mouth of the Estuary is the town of Barmouth and 8 mile inland is the town of Dolgellau which is connected to the coast by the Mawddach Trail. The trail runs from Dolgellau to Morfa Mawddach, at the south side of the Barmouth railway bridge.

The Mawddach Trail is managed by the Snowdonia National Park Authority. The trail is a leisure route for walkers and cyclists, and is part of the Sustrans Cross-Wales Cycling Route.

The River Mawddach is a river which has its source in a wide area north of Dduallt in Snowdonia. The river has many tributaries of a similar size to the main river. The catchment area is bounded to the east by the Aran Fawddwy massif and to the west and north by the Harlech dome which forms a watershed just south of Llyn Trawsfynydd.

The estuary of the Mawddach was a great centre of ship building in the 18th century and probably for some centuries before, however there is little evidence remaining of this activity in the estuary today. Other past industries include gold panning in the River Mawddach at Coed-y-Brenin.

Today the river sustains an important salmon and trout fishery and the countryside it flows through is some of the most spectacular and scenic in the UK.

Coed Garth Gell

RSPB Mawddach Valley takes in two very different habitats around the Mawddach estuary which are open to the public - the woodland of Coed Garth Gell and the wetland of Arthog Bog.

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Accessible by Public Transport: Barmouth station is 1 mile away.

Mawddach Estuary

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Dolgellau - Barmouth, Southern Snowdonia, LL40 2TA

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Image Credit: Crown CopyrightLôn Mawddach | Mawddach Trail, DolgellauThe walk along the estuary from Barmouth to Dolgellau is 9.6 miles (15km). This easy leisure walk is suitable for all the family and involves no climbing. A section of the trail has been adapted for people with disabilities.

Mawddach Estuary, BarmouthLôn Mawddach | Mawddach Cycle Route, DolgellauThe Mawddach Trail is flat and totally traffic free, making for a superb 18 mile return trip. The route follows the course of the old railway line from Dolgellau to Barmouth with picnic areas, viewpoints and little nature reserves.

National Trust - Cregennan Lakes, Southern SnowdoniaCregennan Lakes, WalesCregennan Lakes in southern Snowdonia are owned by the National Trust and are a renowned and often photographed beauty spot. There are tremendous views of the Mawddach Estuary and Barmouth Bridge from near the lake.and the lakes are situated on the northern slopes of Cadair ldris.

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