Barmouth Bay is surrounded by a great number of spectacular walking routes, and there’s no better way to explore than by grabbing your hiking boots (or wellies!) and heading out into the great outdoors! With rugged scenery surrounding you, breathtaking views and wonderful nature, this area of North Wales is guaranteed to make even non-hikers enjoy a walk.
You’ll be spoilt for choice when deciding which routes to take, so here are our top 10 walks to get you started.
1. Snowdonia National Park
Get your walking boots on, it’s time to explore! Snowdonia is home to some of the most breathtaking views in the country with a vast variety of stunning trails perfect for hiking all year round. From dramatic mountainous scenery to historical remnants, there are so many fascinating and scenic routes to explore throughout Snowdonia National Park.
2. The Torrent Walk
Looking for a simple yet scenic stroll in Snowdonia? The Torrent Walk is an extremely popular low-level circular route with plenty to keep you interested without walking your socks off! The route takes you through the stunning gorge formed by the river Clywedog with incredible views all around. From woodland to riverside trails, the Torrent Walk is the perfect picturesque route.
3. Coed Y Brenin
Time to grab the wellies; this walk tackles some of the toughest terrain in the forest! Stretching over 3.5 miles with striking views and scenery, you should expect mud, rocks, tree roots and paths as narrow as 50 cm whilst you embark on this walking adventure! For a fascinating geological walk, park up at Ponte Cae’n Coed car park and take the seven-mile volcano trail walk.
4. The Mawddach Trail
The Mawddach Trail stretches over 9.5 miles alongside an unused railway track on the southern edge of the Mawddach estuary. Open between 1869 and 1965, this route was popular with Victorian holiday makers visiting the famous resort of Barmouth. Ideal for both walking and cycling, this route features great views of the hills to the north as well as an abundance of birdlife as you near the Estuary.
5. Dolgoch Falls
It’s not every day you see a gorgeous backdrop of cascading waterfalls, and yet The Dolgoch Falls consist of three! With striking views and a series of caves and tunnels to explore, Dolgoch Falls is the ideal walking spot with beautiful scenery. Feeling peckish? There’s even a wonderful picnic spot at the top of the falls perfect for a short break and bite to eat.
6. Llyn Padarn & Padarn Country Park
Llyn Padarn is a glacially formed lake in Snowdonia, accompanied by Padarn Country Park on its Southern banks. Packed with multiple activities and trails to explore perfect for all the family, this route makes a brilliant day out. From watersports, walking, wildlife, heritage and striking mountain views, Llyn Padarn and Padarn Country Park has something for everyone.
7. Panorama Walk
Fancy a little adventure? Home to some of the most spectacular views in Snowdonia, this varied and wonderful trail has been a hit with visitors since the Victorian times. With a number of different walks which stretch across various distances, The Panorama Walk is perfect for all; from the more energetic walkers to those looking for a shorter stroll!
8. The Wales Coastal Path – Barmouth to Tywyn
Wales is the first country to have a path stretching around its entirety, and The Wales Coastal Path is the ideal walking route with jaw-dropping scenery and views. Perfect for both cycling and hiking, The Wales Coastal Path is lined with multiple signs to keep you on track – making it easy to navigate without a map!
9. Dinas Oleu
The Dinas Oleu walk takes you from Barmouth town centre up to the top of the gorse-covered hill, known as Dinas Oleu. As you make you way upwards the dramatic views across the estuary below are spectacular. Full of historical significance, the Dinas Oleu walk allows you to explore the first area of land donated to the National Trust by Mrs Fanny Talbot in 1895.
10. Taith Ardudwy Way
In the world of family scenic walks, this is a real Barmouth classic. Ideal for its multiple walking trails, the route is separated into three different sections; southern, central, and northern. Surrounded by some of the best coastal and mountainous views in Wales, Taith Ardudwy Way is the perfect walking route to embrace your inner explorer!