Ruined jetty on Mawddach Estuary at Graig Wen

1. Wander through our fields to the Mawddach Estuary and see how many birds you can spot – look out for waders in winter, herons first thing in the morning and swallows and bats on a summer evening. There’s a bench and table at the bottom near the ruined jetty – a perfect spot for a picnic or watching the sunset.  2. Pub lunch at the George III will taste so much better if you’ve made the hour and 10 minute walk along the Mawddach Estuary Trail there. Or it’s a 30 minute cycle ride – 2 bikes for adults are available to hire from reception. There’s a bus back to Graig Wen – last one around 8.05pm but please check first as times change and the bus times are irregular.

Barmouth Bridge

3. Walk the estuary trail to Morfa Mawddach train station and head across the iconic Barmouth Bridge. Refuel in Barmouth with fish and chips from the Mermaid on the beach or treat yourself at the ice cream parlour on the quay. Foot passengers (and dogs) can catch the ferry back to Penrhyn Point and follow the footpath back to the train station and home. It’s flat all the way – apart from our hill – and the trip to Barmouth and back over the bridge is great for bikes.

Cregennan Lakes

4. Walk up Arthog waterfalls or zig zag up the switchback mountain road to Cregennan Lakes. On a clear day look across Cardigan Bay to Bardsey Island – an ancient place of pilgrimage. You can walk a circuit of the lakes in around half and hour – there’s always soggy bits so use appropriate footwear. Keen walkers should allow around 5 – 6 hours to follow the circular route  to the lakes from Graig Wen taking in mountain scenery, waterfalls and estuary – and a pub.  OS maps available to buy from reception.  5. Combine a trip to Fairbourne’s sandy beach with an exploration of the mysterious Blue Lake. It’s a favourite wild swimming spot but splashing through the secret tunnel to the water’s edge is adventure enough for most!  Or look down on the deep water from the cliff edge being a bit scared…..  Ask us for directions.

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