GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Barmouth to Fairbourne Walk

3 miles (5 km)

Enjoy fabulous views of the Mawddach estuary and Barmouth Bay on this popular walk from Barmouth to Fairbourne. There's some fabulous scenery with beaches, harbours, saltmarsh, lagoons and fine views of the surrounding mountains.
The walk starts in Barmouth, taking you past the pretty harbour before crossing Barmouth Bridge. The Grade II listed woodenrailway viaduct crosses theRiver Mawddachestuary and is open to walkers and cyclists. It was opened in 1867 and runs for about 699 metres (764yds) with great views in all directions.
The bridge leads you to Morfa Mawddach where you turn west along a lovely footpath running along saltmarsh and lagoons. Eventually you come to the coast where you turn south toward the village of Fairbourne where there is a beautiful two-mile stretch ofbeach. You could also head north from the village and visit Fairbourne Spit, a longspitofsandandshingleat the mouth of theRiver Mawddachwhere it reachesCardigan Bay. The Fairbourne and Barmouth Railway runs the length of the spit and, at the very end of the headland a ferry service makes the river crossing toBarmouth.
To extend your walking in the Barmouth area try the splendid Panorama Walk which takes you up to some splendid hill top viewpoints including the hill fort at Dinas Oleu.
This route uses part of the Mawddach Trail which takes you along the old Ruabon to Barmouth railway line on a brilliant cycling and walking trail. Just turn east at the end of the bridge to continue along the trail. It will take you to Dolgellau where you can try the excellent Precipice Walk.
You can also try the long distance Taith Ardudwy Way which starts in the town.

Barmouth to Fairbourne OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Barmouth to Fairbourne Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

If you continue south along the coast path it will take you to Llwyngwril where you will find walks along the Afon Gwril to the Llwyngwril beach where you can look out for dolphins.


Merioneth Yacht Club Compound - - 583654

Merioneth Yacht Club Compound

Barmouth Bridge. - - 349359

Barmouth Bridge.

The Round House - - 597368

The Round House

View from "The Island". Barmouth. - - 585353

View from 'The Island' Barmouth.

Footpath on sea-defence at Morfa Mawddach - - 1087613

Footpath on sea-defence at Morfa Mawddach

Footpath at Morfa Mawddach - - 1087975

Footpath at Morfa Mawddach

Saltmarsh at Morfa Mawddach - - 1087630

Saltmarsh at Morfa Mawddach

Saltmarsh, lagoons and drainage channels - - 1088674

Saltmarsh, lagoons and drainage channels near Fairbourne

GPS Files

GPX File

Barmouth to Fairbourne.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Barmouth to Fairbourne.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)