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Mawddach-Ardudwy Trail

122 km / 76 miles

Gwynedd
A long distance walk around the beautiful Mawddach Estuary and the ancient upland and coastal areas of Ardudwy, linking Barmouth, Dolgellau, Porthmadog and Harlech. There is a 26-mile extension of the main route to Portmadog from Llandecwyn station, see path varinats (linked routes).

From Barmouth the Trail explores both sides of the Mawddach estuary, with a route often in common with the Mawddach Way, before following the waymarked Ardudwy Way north through the foothills of the Rhinogs. It then follows the new Wales Coast Path around the lower Dwyryd valley to Porthmadog, then returns via Harlech, with its famous castle, now a World Heritage Site, and Shell Island to Barmouth.

The western edge of Snowdonia National Park in Meirionnydd, lying between the Mawddach and Dwyryd estuaries, contains some of the most beautiful upland and coastal scenery in Wales. Most falls within the large ancient district of Ardudwy, which formed part of the traditional Welsh Princes' heartland of Gwynedd and became absorbed into the new county of Merionethshire in 1284. The area offers a stunningly diverse landscape of mountains, foothills, woodland, valleys, lakes, estuaries, impressive sand dunes and long sandy beaches. Its upland landscape is crossed by important ancient trackways and is renowned for its extensive archaeological remains. These include ancient hut settlements and field systems, Neolithic chambered tombs, Iron Age hillforts, Bronze Age stone circles and standing stones. It extended north from the northern side of the Mawddach estuary past Harlech to beyond the Afon Dwyryd and Vale of Ffestiniog. The Rhinog mountains and Trawsfynydd formed its main border in the east and the coast its boundary in the west.


Details:

Path Type
Other Paths
Attributes
Challenging; Coastal; National Park; River
Start and Finish
SH612158 - Barmouth, Gwynedd
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Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Guidebook
Mawddach-Ardudwy Trail (Kittiwake - 2013)

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Accommodation within 5 Km of this Path:

 
 
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Tyddyn Mawr  (bookable online)
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12 Km
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Ffynnon  (bookable online)
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21 Km
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Aber Cottage Guesthouse  (bookable online)
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21 Km
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Ivy House  (bookable online)
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21 Km
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Torrent Walk Caravan & Camping  (bookable online)
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21 Km
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Cader View & Arran Cottage  (bookable online)
2 Km
21 Km
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Dolgun Uchaf  (bookable online)
2 Km
21 Km
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Helmau Cottages  (bookable online)
2 Km
21 Km
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Garden Cottage @ Torrent Walk  (bookable online)
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21 Km
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Bryn Annas Chalet  (bookable online)
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39 Km
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Cysgod Y Coed  (bookable online)
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39 Km
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Glandwr Mill  (bookable online)
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39 Km
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Agnes Fach  (bookable online)
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41 Km
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Bryn Melyn Apartments  (bookable online)
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41 Km
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Gwril View  (bookable online)
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42 Km
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Dinas Caravan Park  (bookable online)
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69 Km
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Dinas Camping  (bookable online)
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71 Km
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Glamping Hideaway in the Hills  (bookable online)
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71 Km
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Artists Cottage  (bookable online)
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89 Km
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91 Km
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Gwesty Ael y Bryn Hotel  (bookable online)
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112 Km
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Marians Bed and Breakfast  (bookable online)
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114 Km
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Llwyndu Farmhouse  (bookable online)
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118 Km
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Talarfor  (bookable online)
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120 Km
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Penbryn Mynach Holiday Cottage  (bookable online)
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121 Km

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122.4 Km (76.1 miles)
3,491 m (11,453 ft) ascent
461 m (1,512 ft)  maximum height