Part 2 – Penmaenpool to Arthog

Once past Penmaenpool you enter a large cutting, before a dead straight section which ends with the first glimpse of your final destination… Barmouth Bridge. Follow the route and you start to see the estuary opening up with herons and oystercatchers and maybe a glimpse of an Osprey which has been known to make the odd visit.

The Mawddach Trail - Around Arthog

The Mawddach Trail – Around Arthog

Carry on and you can make another diversion down to a little pond at Abergwynant, if not, then carry on to your next old ‘station’ at Arthog. This can also be your departure back home if you want, as there are busses which run back to Dolgellau from this little village, just follow the road to your left and turn right until you reach a bus stop. If you want to carry on (and why wouldn’t you) just follow the path straight ahead after you go through the gates and this leads you to Morfa Mawddach station (which is the main Cambrian Coast line and still in operation). Here you turn right and carry on to Barmouth Bridge (which was opened in 1867).

The Old Railway Bridge at Arthog

The Old Railway Bridge at Arthog