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Barmouth Bridge is currently closed until 12 December 2021 as part of a multi million pound maintenance programme. The iconic viaduct across the Mawddach Estuary is closed during this time to trains, pedestrians and cyclists.The bridge is due to re-open on Monday 13 December.
 
Although you will not be able to travel over the bridge to Barmouth from Graig Wen’s side of the estuary until 13 December this year, you don’t need to miss out on epic views of this extraordinary structure and you can still get over to Barmouth.
 
Here’s our tips for alternative routes:
 
The Mawddach Trail to Fairbourne Beach
 
Cycle or walk the Mawddach Trail past Morfa Mawddach train station, crossing the rail tracks at the established crossing. Continue along the Mawddach Trail to the beach at Fairbourne.  You can enjoy wonderful views of the bridge as you go and see the engineering workers and their machinery right out in the estuary and on the bridge. Continue into Fairbourne for drinks, ice-creams or a meal at The Penrhyn Bar and Grill or the Fairbourne Steam Railway Cafe. You can get good picnic food or a coffee at Bwyty Bach Deli and there’s also a fish and chip shop and Kebab shop. Fairbourne beach is long and lovely (sandy when the tide goes out) and dogs are welcome on most of the beach all year.
Take the ferry from The Point
 
The passenger ferry runs until the end of October (weather permitting) between The Point and Barmouth. Bikes, dogs and pushchairs all welcome! The trip only takes a few minutes but there are fantastic views of the bridge. The ferry goes from the beach opposite Barmouth, just beyond the Fairbourne steam railway terminus. It costs £2.50 each way until 4pm ish.
 
The fun way to get to The Point is on the Fairbourne Steam Railway (check timetable first). You could also cycle or drive and walk the last few hundred meters. There is free but limited parking near The Point.
Drive to Barmouth via Penmaenpool Toll Bridge
 
The Penmaenpool Toll Bridge is another Grade 2 listed wooden toll bridge suitable for cars and small camper vans. It is currently open 08.30 – 18.30 Monday to Saturday and 10 – 18.30 on Sundays (times can vary in winter). Drive across it for the scenic road route to Barmouth.  Stop off at the George III pub by Penmaenpool Toll Bridge for a pint or pub grub.
When this toll bridge is closed, you can always drive around the main road which just takes a few minutes longer.
 
Walk from Morfa Mawddach around Fegla Fawr
 
Explore the interesting headland of Fegla Fawr and you can watch the work on the bridge en route. From Morfa Mawddach, walk along the Mawddach Trail towards Barmouth Bridge. Take the signposted footpath on the right through a small gate.  Read more about the historic curiosities on this walk here.

Barmouth Bridge restoration work

The £30 million restoration project is taking place in phases over several years. The contractors are working hard in all weathers, sometimes 24 hours a day 7 days a week. The bridge looks spectacular lit up at night while they work. This year they are replacing over 1,000 timber and metal elements of the viaduct. You can read more about the restoration project here.

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