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The Mawddach Estuary



The Mawwdach river rises near to Lake Bala and is joined by the Afon Wnion downstream from Dolgellau. The poet William Wordsworth called it "the sublime estuary" and reported that " it could "compare with the finest in Scotland".

The estuary is a superb place to watch wading birds and gulls. A rail and footbridge runs from Morfa Mawddach Station to the resort of Barmouth.

Bontddu, set on the estuary hills which were the centre for the nineteenth century goldrush, experienced a brief boom at the time. Gold was discovered there in 1834 and prospectors flooded into the area. By the 1920's the industry had all but disappeared.

The Abergwynant Woods are one of only two surviving fragments of woodland on the estuary that where once a source of wood for shipbuilding that in the eighteenth century occured in creeks along the river.


A walk at the Mawddach Estuary


Penmaenpool

Dolgellau