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Our favourite short walks from Penmaenpool

Bryn Hyfryd is ideally situated in Penmaenpool for immediate access to several stunning short walks, so no need to get in the car!

1. Mawddach Trail

Stretching for 15 magnificent kilometers, the trail follows the line of the old Dolgellau railway branch line between lovely Dolgellau and the picturesque seaside town of Barmouth (Abermaw). The trail takes its name from the tidal estuary which it closely follows for much of its length.

The beauty of the Mawddach trail is that it can be accessed from several places and is completely flat (except one short sharp hill at its end in Barmouth) - thus making it possible for all abilities, including wheel chair users to experience the peace and grandeur. Although 15km in length you are completely free to walk as little or as far as you desire. This section will just cover short distances, up to a total of 8km from Penmaenpool.

Our cottage, Bryn Hyfryd is situated just two minutes walk from the trail at Penmaenpool, so it makes it easy to take in some of the trail, which we do regularly. here there is a choice of direction.

1a. Penmaenpool to Dolgellau:- 6km walk (total)

Access the trail at the George III hotel. The trail winds through lovely native woodland until the main A493 is reached. Cross with care and follow the trail through more open countryside, following the river until the town is reached. We love to have coffee & cake, late breakfast or lunch in Dolgellau before heading back. Try T H Roberts or Yr Hen Efail.

1b. Penmaenpool to Abergwynant:- 4km (total), 6km including the woods walk

Access the trail as above. Head part the George III with the estuary on your right. The trail heads firstly through a cutting and then into more open ground. The views open up the further you walk, so please only use this as a guide. We usually walk as far as the bridge over the stream at Abergwynant, take in the views for 5 before heading back. If feeling a little more energetic then there are several colour coded walks in Abergynant woods, and a magnificent viewpoint. See link below for a more detailed description and map

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