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Barmouth, where I was born,  is situated on the west coast of North Wales at the south west corner of Snowdonia National Park, arguably one of the most beautiful parks in Britain. Lying between a mountain range and the sea (see map) on the mouth of the river Mawddach, Barmouth has old and new to please the traveler. Its history is linked closely with the shipping and slate industries. Be sure to see the old town with its steep steps and slate-roofed cottages on the side of a mountain. Enjoy its harbours, old and new. Take a walk across the spectacular Barmouth bridge spanning the river, and whatever you do, make sure you spend at least a day on the magnificent beach where at one time the "Toast rack" (driven by my grandfather) would carry tourists up and down the promenade


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Looking from my childhood home at 3, Heol-y-Llan, Barmouth, a ridge of mountains can be seen. These are part of the Cadair Idris range and can be followed to Dolgellau, a market town ten miles up the river Mawddach.


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This web site was originally created in 1995 and has been active since 1996. It is planned to be non-profit for the lifetime of the author.

Contributions are always welcome

Send email to: John Pugh (Author)


Many people have contributed to the content of this site.

To all of them, and others so inspired, my thanks.

9th Oct, 2007

People of Barmouth

This site is mainly about the people of Barmouth, some of whom contributed a great deal to the community. As with many small towns their best kept secrets are their people and their deeds. Many memorable people have lived in Barmouth and its surroundings and this site is dedicated to them and to the beauty of the area. If you are such a person I would be delighted to hear from you and if you would like your name to be included on the web site please send me an e-mail and consider attaching a picture of yourself. I am hoping that this site will help to reunite old friends and also help us all to make new friends. I have also assembled a list of visitors who have contacted me through this web page and commented on their visit to Barmouth through the years.


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'Ty'r Craig', visible from the street where I lived has a grand view of the Irish sea to the west - a good spot to watch the sun going down in all its glory. My favourite haunt, 'The Peak' is in the background. This house was built as a holiday home by the 'Greener' family, famous for their highly-prized shotguns.

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Mum & Dad

My father was born in the Barmouth area and my mother was born in Liverpool. They met as a result of WWII. My father and and grandfather worked for the local "Crosville" bus company for many years before retiring. My parents lived near Conwy for many years. Conwy is easily accessible from Barmouth and boasts one of the best preserved castles in Wales.

Author - John Pugh

My office and MIDI studio. We have 9 PCs at last count on our home broadband  network. My favourite? The Mac Pro with OSX.

Places to go and Places to Stay

Barmouth has many places to visit and I have inserted some small items of interest beginning with the quay and panorama walk and then the clock house and Ynys-y-Brawdd. Barmouth  is an excellent home base for visiting other Snowdonia locations such as the Slate mines in Blaenau Ffestiniog, the Mawddach river, lakes such as Cwm Bychan near Llanbedr and castles such as the magnificent one in Harlech, below which I attended school at 'Ysgol Ardudwy'. There are also many options for accommodation including camping grounds, farmhouses, cottages, guest houses, hotels. A  link to an external commercial website (Lokalink) has been included above since it contains current local information as well as some terrific photographs of the area. This Barmouth web site however, remains strictly non-profit.

Barmouth and the Arts

A variety of Books · exists about Barmouth and its surroundings ranging from guides to poetry. I recently added a sound section which will be expanded as material becomes available. I hope to include paintings of Barmouth at some point. I continue to visit my home town to add to my photographic and historical collection so you may bump into me at one of my 'haunts' on occasion.

My last visit to Barmouth: July 6th, 2005

Suggestions, changes etc., are welcome.

This web page was updated on the 9th October, 2007.