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Barmouth Bridge, Barmouth
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Barmouth Bridge, also known as Barmouth Viaduct, is a single-track largely wooden railway viaduct that crosses the River Mawddach estuary on the coast of Cardigan Bay, Wales. It sits between Morfa Mawddach and Barmouth in Gwynedd and caters for rail, foot and cycle traffic.The bridge opened in 1867, and originally included a drawbridge section at its north end for tall ships to pass, though this was later replaced by the current swing bridge section. In 1980, woodworm threatened the safety of the bridge, which needed major repairs to avoid closure. Tolls were collected for foot and cycle traffic until 2013; as of 2015 the future for non-rail traffic is uncertain. The bridge is a Grade II* listed structure, and has one of the longest timber viaducts still in regular use in Britain.Location and structureThe bridge crosses the estuary of the River Mawddach from Morfa Mawddach near Arthog northwards to the edge of Barmouth. The line is operated by Arriva Trains Wales, with connecting services south to Aberystwyth and east to Welshpool and Shrewsbury. The section containing the bridge is on the Cambrian Coast railway between Machynlleth and Pwllheli. The bridge is a Grade II* listed structure about 699m long and contains 113 wooded trestles supported by a series of cast iron piers. It is one of the longest timber viaducts still standing in Britain.
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  • A short walk or a long hike we find the historic bridge wonderful. The tide and river is fascinating and the view inland are magnificent. 
  • We walked along this bridge not knowing where we were going but really enjoyed the walk, amazing views and scenery and a ferry ride back to Barmouth at the end! It takes about an hour 
  • A short stroll from the harbour takes you up to Barmouth Bridge, where a wooden walkway is situated right next to the train line. A lovely walk to get to Fairbourne or a nice cycle ride. We only walke...  more »