For those looking for an escape, the tiny seaside town of Barmouth in County Gwynedd on the northwest of Wales is about as far from civilisation as you will get. Situated on the briny coast of Snowdonia National Park, Barmouth is the ideal location for a walking holiday, or for lovers of any intrepid outdoor activity.
You will be rewarded for your travels as this sleepy harbour town has some truly awe-inspiring views. Here you can go hiking or cycling in unrivalled mountain landscapes, try fishing in the River Mawddach or just amble along heritage trails with coastal mountain views. Finally, it would be rude not to top it all off with a well-earned tipple in a welcoming local pub.
Discover the History of BarmouthBarmouthinitially sprung up amidst the height of the shipbuilding industry, and later became a popular seaside resort. It has a lesser-known literary history, too. Not only did it inspire poetry by William Wordsworth, but it was also visited by J. R. R. Tolkien who later penned the renowned Lord of the Rings trilogy, basing his setting of Middle Earth on the splendid scenery that surrounds Barmouth.
Snowdonia National ParkIf you’re visiting Barmouth, the chances are you are intending to explore Snowdonia National Park. Snowdonia is the oldest and most diverse national park in Great Britain, promising an array of profound scenery and exciting activities. The park, spanning a whopping 838 square miles, is particularly popular with hikers. So lace up your walking boots, because you’re about to go on the most unforgettable trek of your life.
Barmouth BridgeIf you fancy a wander that’s a little less intrepid than those offered by the nearby mountains, why not head over Barmouth Bridge? This single-track wooden viaduct traverses Cardigan Bay. It’s a Grade II listed structure and, though it’s a fair walk across, it offers a whole new perspective on the mountains and the town – just keep an eye out for trains!
Relax on Barmouth BeachIf you’re visiting simply for the peace and quiet, why not lounge on Barmouth Beach? This sandy beach overlooking the old harbour makes the perfect sun-kissed spot to relax on with a book. During autumn, it’s also great place to blow away the cobwebs and is a popular surfing spot all year round.
Pay a Visit to the Dragon TheatreYou might not expect to find a theatre in a town as small as Barmouth, but the Dragon Theatre, situated in a converted Victorian chapel, is actually surprisingly large. It has an eclectic programme of exhibitions, performances, shows and films screenings, as well as a bar where you can relax with a beer or a glass of wine after the shoe, and take in the view over the River Mawddach’s estuary.
Who wouldn’t want to see the indomitable landscape that Wales is famed for? Then you add to this all the charms of a quaint seaside holiday resort. Yes, Barmouth is bound to blow you away. Book your trip today with Expedia.