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Harbour, Fairbourne, Panorama, Bridge

This web location will be used to house information about Barmouth and its surroundings to assist visitors to the Barmouth area. If shopping is of interest, browse around the shops. If narrow-guage railways or castles or mountains appeal, some excellent web sites have already been put together. Portmeirion is a Spanish village constructed near Portmadoc where pottery is made for export all over the world. We also have slate quarries, mountain walks, lakes and rivers. If you feel like staying in Barmouth today try out the following:


The harbour takes one's breath away with the tide at full flood or at full ebb and the Mawddach estuary has a view that once you stop to look, will steal away your day. There are usually rowboats for hire and ferry rides up the river. A ferry ride across the river takes you to the Fairbourne peninsula where you can ride on a narrow guage steam engine to the seaside town of Fairbourne. The harbour often has fishing boats moored at the dockside and lobster is a common site. Don't forget to try the "fish and chips" at the harbour cafe.

There's a short ferry ride from the harbour to the Fairbourne narrow guage railway, which boasts miniature working steam trains that carry you through the sand dunes to the town of Fairbourne, a few miles away. Take a picnic and spend a day on the secluded beach. This is a view looking towards Barmouth harbour from the railway terminus just across the harbour. There are open carriages as well as covered carriages and the engines are well cared for and maintained by the local enthusiasts.



This walk starts a short distance from the harbour and leads to a spectacular view of the river Mawddach estuary. This is a view of the Estuary looking inland from the Dolgellau road, about 3 miles from Barmouth. At high tide the sandy area seen in this picture will be covered with water. The view from Panorama walk gives a higher vantage point for this very attractive river basin. Fishing enthusiasts will also find these sands a good source of lugworms.

The Barmouth railway and pedestrian bridge was built in 1867. The original structure had a drawbridge, where a section of the bridge was winched back onto the northern side of the bridge. This was before the swing bridge was inserted in 1901.The bridge has a section that swings 90 degrees to allow ships with tall masts passage from up river to the open sea and vice versa. There is no such sailboat traffic today and the new harbour is on the seaward side of the bridge so the swinging section is only opened once a year for maintenance purposes. I have never measured the distance across the bridge but it was generally supposed to be a half mile long. It is a great walk with one of the best views of the estuary around and good fishing. 



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