18/01/22 UPDATE: Trains are now running over Barmouth Bridge but check timetable for weekend changes. Damage to timbers is more extensive than anticipated so, although the walkway was temporarily open over Christmas, it is now closed for further work until mid February.
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.