Barmouth's location on the west coast of North Wales and lying between a mountain range and the sea on the mouth of the river Mawddach is arguably one of the most beautiful locations in Wales. It rests just within the south west corner of Snowdonia National Park and is steeped in a history rich with connections to the shipping and slate industries.
The old town is well worth a visit with its steep steps and slate-roofed cottages on the side of a mountain. The harbour is beautiful and you can walk across the spectacular Barmouth Bridge spanning the river which can be an ideal activity for an evening stroll.
The beach is large and perfect for sunbathing and games
and surfers can often be seen depending on the swells and
time of year. Kids love the beach yet its size means
those wanting to get away and relax in peace and quiet
can do so easily. It also has a large range of shops,
pubs, hotels and other accommodation, a funfair from
March to October and amusement arcades. There are also a
number of Caravan parks in the area.
Barmouth is also the home of the Fairbourne &
Barmouth Railway track which was originally laid in 1895,
by Mr. Arthur McDougall of 'McDougalls's
Flour' fame. It was built to transport building
materials for the construction of Fairbourne village.
Since then his horse-drawn trams have been replaced by
steam engines and in 1985 the 15" gauge track was
converted to 12½". The line is 2 miles long and
runs between Fairbourne Station and Penrhyn Point, site
of the Pullman Pavilion Restaurant, where passengers can
embark on the Ferry to Barmouth.
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