GPS Cycle and Walking Routes


Mawddach Trail

9 miles (14 km)

This splendid cycling and walking trail takes you along the old Ruabon to Barmouth railway line on excellent paths. The route runs for about 9 miles from the coastal town of Barmouth to Dolgellau, through the Snowdonia National Park. You start by crossing the Barmouth Bridge over the lovely River Mawddachestuary on the coast ofCardigan Bay. The route then runs right alongside the estuary to Penmaenpool Bridge where you can stop for some riverside refreshments. The final stretch continues along the river to the historic town of Dolgellau. It's a beautiful trail with lots of bird watching opportunities around the estuary. The nearby Cadair Idris makes for a wonderful backdrop for the whole of the route. It's also a very flat trail so it's perfect for people of all abilities.
Highlights on the route include the little village of Arthog where you could take a small detour to visit the Arthog Waterfalls. The series of pretty falls run along a stream to the south east of the trail, just before you cross the estuary into Barmouth.
To extend your walking in the Barmouth area try the Panorama Walk. The circular trail climbs above the town for excellent views back down to the estuary.

Mawddach Trail OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Mawddach Trail Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby

Photos

Access to the Arthog to Morfa Mawddach section of the Mawddach Trail - geograph.org.uk - 1100810

Access to the Arthog to Morfa Mawddach section of the Mawddach Trail.

Access to the Mawddach Trail at Penmaenpool - geograph.org.uk - 1083502

Access to the Mawddach Trail at Penmaenpool

A small ex-railway bridge at Garth Isaf - geograph.org.uk - 1100298

A small ex-railway bridge at Garth Isaf. Now forms part of the Mawddach Trail. Another reminder of the past railway history here is the group of old telegraph poles visible on the right-hand side of the track.

Cyclists on the Mawddach Cycle Trail - geograph.org.uk - 1374109

Cyclists on the Mawddach Cycle Trail

Barmouth Toll Bridge - geograph.org.uk - 1396502

Barmouth Toll Bridge The end of the Mawddach Trail, Barmouth is in view.

The Mawddach Trail near Dolgellau - geograph.org.uk - 1428479

The Mawddach Trail near Dolgellau At this point the trail follows the south bank of Afon Wnion.

The Mawddach Trail, old platform at Morfa Mawddach Station - geograph.org.uk - 1430003

On the platform at Morfa Mawddach Station. The platform now separates the car park and the cycle trail (on the right of the platform). The station, which was formerly known as Barmouth Junction, once had five platforms - more than any other station in Wales apart from Cardiff and Swansea.

Wooded stretch of the Mawddach Cycle Trail - geograph.org.uk - 1374220

Wooded stretch of the Mawddach Cycle Trail

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

Mawddach Trail.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Share>Save to Files)