The Dolgellau to Barmouth Bike Trail runs from the
market town of Dolgellau to the seaside resort of Barmouth in southern
Snowdonia, West Wales. Known as the Mawddach Trail it is a traffic free
trail that runs for 10 miles along the south bank of the Mawddach River.
Since being featured on the BBC television programme Railway
Walks with Julia Bradbury it has become ever more popular with cyclists
and walkers alike.
Access to the trail from the Dolgellau end
is easy; simply head toward Bont Fawr (close to the town Car Park) the
bridge that crosses the Wnion River. From here, follow the way markers
all the way to the coast.
The trail zigzags while crossing the Wnion River but
on reaching the Mawddach River it is simply a matter of keeping the
river to your right all the way through to the coast and the estuary of
the Mawddach River. The trail runs along the track bed of a redundant
railway line, which explains the lack of gradients on the route.
The views are phenomenal with the added bonus of several nature
reserves alongside the way. Should the full route (20 miles return)
prove to be too daunting I would strongly recommend at least persisting
as far as Penmaenpool (one third of the way) and the picturesque river
crossing. Refreshments are available on the riverbank at the Penmaenpool
It is unnecessary to give detailed directions as
the route is obvious and there are several information boards along
side the trail. More information on the wildlife and flora and fauna is
available by clicking on the link below. Bikes are available for hire in
You will find links to the bicycle hire shops among the attractions listed on the side bar of this web page.
Review Dolgellau to Barmouth Bike Trail.