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Mawddach Valley Dolgellau Gwynedd Wales
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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. <br><br>Since being featured on the BBC television programme Railway Walks with Julia Bradbury it has become ever more popular with cyclists and walkers alike. <br><br> 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. <br><br> 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 George Hotel. <br><br> 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 Dolgellau. <br><br>You will find links to the bicycle hire shops among the attractions listed on the side bar of this web page.
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