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Barmouth Bridge, Barmouth

Categories: Bridges, Landmarks, Tourist Spots
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4.9/5 based on 220+ reviews on the web
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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  • We parked up just near the bridge. £2.50 for 4 hours. We walked along the bridge, a fair few cyclists but no trouble after reading a couple Of reviews. We didnt walk all the way to fairbourne. We cros...  read more »
  • Great little cycle with stunning views, a must if you are in the area. Easy for kids and adults alike as it is flat following an old railway line. 
  • The bridge is a real relic to the Victorian rail system and is pretty well maintained. We cycled over the bridge onto the excellent Mawddach trail, which follows the old railway track from Barmouth to...  read more »
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