Walking Holidays in Snowdonia20th August 2014
Snowdonia – often described as a “breathing space” of Britain – welcomes countless thousands of walkers year in and year out. The beauty and splendour of the national park leave all its visitors in awe, and gives memories that last a lifetime. Naturally, among the best ways to enjoy the air, scenery and natural magnetism of Snowdonia is to go walking there. If you’re staying with us at Barmouth Bay, nestled by the Mawddach Estuary, then you’re already in the perfect location to explore some of Snowdonia’s finest walks.
There are walks in the area to suit all ages and abilities. First, for the novice hiker or less agile individual, there’s the gentle and forgiving Mawddach Trail. While covering a fair distance of over 9 miles, the trail moves over gentle slopes and flatter ground, without the need of specialized kit, steep climbs or rigorous strain to reach a summit. It is also among the more flexible walks, as it can be joined from many points in its circular route. Officially it begins in Dolgellau, but Barmouth offers a nice starting point too, with its magnificent railway bridge to cross, and wonderful views over the estuary.
For those wanting more of a choice when it comes to difficulty, then there’s nothing better than the Panorama Walk. The Panorama Gardens are a famous attraction, and a gentle circuit at which to start your hike, which is perfect for those looking for more of a relaxing time than a real challenge. The more adventurous walkers will move from The Panorama up to Gellfawr, and the most daring will take it all the way to the top at Bwlch y Llan. Originating in the Victorian Era, the Panorama Walk has been highly popular for a century, even though some of its areas are starting now to be overtaken by woodland. It offers unbeatable views of the estuary, Barmouth Bridge and Cadair Idris.
As usual, however, there are that select group of people who come to Barmouth Bay who are not in the mood for just a gentle stroll or a mediocre hike — they are after something they can really get their teeth into. The Mawddach Round is the natural choice for such visitors, covering 28 miles and including the summits of both Cadair Idris and Diffwys. The Mawddach Round is a true test of skill and endurance, and isn’t for the faint of heart. The weather can be a little more extreme in parts; slips and falls can mean a little more than just a sprained ankle. Therefore, one needs to be well prepared in both physical fitness and specialized kit before taking on the mighty Round.
With wonderful on-park facilities set to the backdrop of Wales’ finest national park, Barmouth truly is a walker’s paradise. Besides those mentioned above, countless more walks await you, with dozens of paths, trails, slopes and mountaintops to be explored and enjoyed.