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We will catch the train from Barmouth to Llwyngwril and walk back along the Wales coast path, approx. 8 miles.
The first 5 miles of this walk goes up over a hill (up to 280 metres approx.) and then descends down to Fairbourne. The rest of the walk is all on the flat either on the seafront at Fairbourne, over the embankment, or walking over Barmouth bridge.
The village of Llwyngwril is sandwiched between the hills and the sea, with the railway running close to the shore with the coastal road just inland behind which, the hills rise steeply.
It has two churches and a chapel, Salem Chapel. It is painted blue and is sometimes known as the Blue Chapel, and from the outside looks like a typical Welsh Non-conformist Chapel. However the interior is an elaborate mixture of Gothic-style features including simulated stone staircases, wood carvings, ornate ceilings, arched windows, marble fireplaces and an organ gallery complete with a plywood organ.
After a brief exploration of the village we start the walk by following a lane up and passed several standing stones and an old quarry up to Cyfannedd Fawr.
The path does go quite steeply up but apart from a short stretch on some grass and stones which could be wet and muddy, most of the path to the top is on an old lane so easy walking.
The views south back to Llwyngwril and then down to Fairbourne and over to Barmouth, are fabulous.
We make our way down to Fairbourne, a small resort developed in the 19th century on part of the estate belonging to the chairman of McDougalls flour.
The path is wide and grassy with a bit on a stony surface, and the last bit to Fairbourne beach, is on the pavement.
Sadly because of climate change this area will become the first community in the UK to be abandoned.We follow the embankment before heading towards Morfa Mawddach station and then the last part of the walk takes us across the iconic Barmouth bridge.
***For anyone not wanting to do the whole walk there is the option of catching the train back to Barmouth from Fairbourne (after approx. 5 miles, though the timings aren't that convenient but there is a pub/café there where people could wait) or Morfa Mawddwch (after aprox. 7 miles) BUT the walk back over Barmouth Bridge is a fabulous experience.
Terrain / Difficulty
This is the coast path so there will be ups and downs but some level walking too--see above.