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The Mawddach Trail from Dolgellau

A strenuous walk (low hills and fells (below 600m)) in national park Snowdonia in Gwynedd, Wales, about 21.70km (13.48 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 7:15h. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 349m (1145ft)
Descent 354m (1161ft)
Max. Elevation 280m (918ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 703m (2306ft)
Start & End
Distance 21.70km
Duration ~7:15h
Created by Anonymous Walker on 23 Sep 2015
The Mawddach estuary provides the backdrop for this hugely enjoyable walk in west Wales. The first half follows paths over low hills, before returning via the Mawddach Trail. You could continue into Barmouth from Arthog for a linear walk, or even better, split the route over two days to save weary legs - this is a corner of the UK to be savoured.

Walk Functions


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Mawddach Trail

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Y Garn from Llanelltyd

★★★★★ ★★★★★
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Walk Map

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OS Grid SH724176
Take the bus to Dolgellau to start the walk. You can cut a bit out of the start by continuing to Penmaenpool or Taicynhaeaf (across the estuary).
OS Grid SH716179
Follow the road heading west out of town, towards the river.
About 0.87 km (~0.54 miles) from
OS Grid SH712179
At Glyn Farm, take the footpath continuing west.
About 0.45 km (~0.28 miles) from
OS Grid SH705177
The first section passes through woodland, then enters the open hillside. Keep heading west.
About 0.68 km (~0.42 miles) from
OS Grid SH693175
The path winds beneath Craig y Castell before you meet a larger track on its western side.
About 1.22 km (~0.76 miles) from
OS Grid SH687166
After a few twists and turns you will reach Waen Fechan.
About 1.10 km (~0.68 miles) from
OS Grid SH683159
The track continues down hill to the youth hostel. A short road section here as you cross the river valley.
About 0.79 km (~0.49 miles) from
OS Grid SH677156
You are soon back on the hills...
About 0.70 km (~0.43 miles) from
OS Grid SH661145
Keep to the lower path, which reach Llynnau Cregennen.
About 1.93 km (~1.2 miles) from
OS Grid SH655148
Pick up the mountain road past Gefnir Farm. Just beyond it, pick up the footpath to avoid a long road walk.
About 0.60 km (~0.37 miles) from
OS Grid SH649138
Above Pant-Phylip, drop down through the woodland to the estuary path.
About 1.14 km (~0.71 miles) from
OS Grid SH640147
Pick up the estuary path near Arthog.
About 1.20 km (~0.75 miles) from
OS Grid SH652160
The trail follows this picturesque estuary inland. There are campsites all along as well - worth considering making this a two-day trip.
About 1.69 km (~1.05 miles) from
OS Grid SH678183
As the estuary narrows, the path heads inland.
About 3.47 km (~2.16 miles) from
OS Grid SH694185
You can cross over here and pick up the bus back into Dolgellau.
About 1.67 km (~1.04 miles) from
OS Grid SH706185
Otherwise continue on into Dolgellau.
About 1.12 km (~0.7 miles) from
OS Grid SH729175
Finish up back in Dolgellau for a well-earned pint and the chance to put your feet up. Who's up for Cadair Idris tomorrow?
About 2.58 km (~1.6 miles) from

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