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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 carries the Cambrian Coast Railway across 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. 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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  • I crossed the bridge after a thunderstorm and it was wonderful, before my eyes a fairytale landscape: hills, Rainbows, Sandy, islets and cottages overlooking the sea.
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  • From Barmouth across the bridge, turn right to railway catch trian to ferry station and reture to Barmouth on ferry. Round trip approx.5 miles (not all walking).  more »
  • You can’t come to Barmouth and not walk over the 150 year old wooden viaduct. It has survived two word wars and wood worm. This is the gateway to many longer walks. However just standing On the bridge...  more »
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  • I've walked over this bridge more times than I can remember. The views are amazing. I found the cyclists on the whole very annoying, they are often rude and very rarely consider the elderly, disabled or children ( on one occasion I saw a cyclist knock a small child over and cycle on) in my opinion that should be required to dismount and push their bikes across
  • Excellent views and free to use.
  • Historic bridge well worth a visit
  • Stunning ..like being in an old world haha
  • Walk across between beautiful Barmouth or gorgeous Morfa Mawddach . Incredible views of Mountains,river Mawddach,Sands,Sea and Barmouth - Fairbourne panorama. ¾ of a mile long. Currently free. You can also travel on the mainline Cambrian Coast Railway between Machynlleth to Pwllheli. In the top 10 world's must see/do great railway journeys. Look carefully and you might even see our Dolphins ? A romantic place to watch the sunrise or set from this historical bridge. Come celebrate its 150th birthday soon,in 2017.

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