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Walking in and around Porthmadog

There are many lovely walks in and around Porthmadog, many with wonderful views. Perhaps the most picturesque is the PICTURE POSTCARD WALK……………………

Walk down Snowdon Street towards the mountains and at the bottom, with Snowdon Mill on your left, you see the Tremadog cliffs of Moel Hebog and Moel Ddu on the far left, Snowdon in the centre, Cnicht and the Moelwyn Mawr on the right.

Pass over the bridge crossing the “Cut” canal feeding into the inner harbour, known locally as “Llyn Bach” (Small Pool), created as a flood control pool for the harbour when the “Cob” causeway and shipping harbour was created for the export of Porthmadog’s slate.  After crossing the bridge to the right is a footpath that takes you along the top of the inner harbour wall.

Along this path to the left are scenic views of “Traeth Mawr” at the Glaslyn river estuary.  This flood plain grassland is refuge to many species of wading birds such as herons, curlews, sandpipers, geese, ducks and swans to mention but a few. The flora and fauna give rise to an area of special scientific interest as well as great beauty with an impressive backdrop of Cnicht, the Moelwyns and Cambrian hills.

Just before the end of the path, sit on one of the benches and take in the magnificent views, perhaps with one of the trains from Harbour Station en route to Blaenau Ffestiniog. After that, continue along the path over the sluice gates to exit opposite the Ffestiniog Railway to your left and the tourist office to your right.

 For the more adventurous, continue alongside tourist office around Pen Cei, pass the Yacht Club and boat yards, right up the short hill and the path will take you down to Borth y Gest.



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