OS Grid Ref:- SH 6918

Penmaenpool is a quiet village with an old wooden toll bridge which was opened in 1879. The village is situated on the beautiful Mawddach estuary.

Penmaenpool Wildlife Centre

The Penmaenpool Wildlife Centre is situated a few miles from the town of Dolgellau. The centre is owned by the Snowdonia National Park but administered by the Royal society for the Protection of Birds and the North Wales Wildlife Trust.

The information centre and observation point are housed in a railway signal box, where telescopes and binoculars are provided for the use of the public. The National Park purchased the section of railway line when it closed down in 1965 and converted it into a walk along the southern side of the estuary.

Penmaenpool is a Site of Special Scientific Interest. It is an important breeding site for wetland birds such as redshank and merganser. Water rails can also be observed in the winter. The Garth Gell Bird Reserve lies opposite. Nature trails, Information Centre, buzzards, ravens, cormorants, pied flycatcher, woodwarblers, red start and more.


The Mawddach Estuary