Barmouth April 2012

At the end of April twenty members went to Barmouth on the north-west coast of Wales for a three night/four day walking break, arranged and led by Mike and Lyn. We stayed at the very comfortable Min y Mor hotel on the promenade which ‘fed and watered’ us well. 

On the sunny first day we walked 10 very flat miles with no stiles into Barmouth from Penmaenpool along the dis-used railway line beside the Mawddach Estuary.

The walk began from the car park by the toll booth of the pretty toll bridge which takes one across to the main Barmouth-Dolgellau road.
This walk is one of the Julia Bradbury railway walks as shown on TV


although we also did a short, steep diversion to see the Arthog Falls, 
which are more of a prolonged but impressive water cascade in a forestry glen than a traditional waterfall. 

The next day was cold and windy but mainly dry and we ventured high onto the hills and moors with a 9 mile walk from Talybont along part of the Ardudwy Way before finishing on the Panorama walk with its spectacular views high above Barmouth.

The third day was dry and bright with high cloud and little wind so the party split with seven intrepid members successfully climbing Cadair Idris via the Pony Path whilst the remainder of the group walked in the foothills.
Apart from some cloud covering on the very summit we enjoyed good visibility for the climb and descent, as this view from the saddle below Cadair Idris shows.

We finished our visit on day four in nice weather with the 4 mile Precipice Walk above Dolgellau  

tea break

before returning home to a very wet Malvern.

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