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Penmaenpool is a village in the welsh county of Gwynedd and is also in the Snowdonia National Park.

Penmaenpool seen in the distance on the south bank of the Mawddach Estuary

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By car: Penmaenpool is on the A493 Tywyn / Dolgellau trunk road. The village is about three miles west of Dolgellau and 12 miles north-east of Tywyn. A bus service runs to and from nearby Dolgellau. There are two bus stops in Penmaenpool.

By train: Take the Cambrian Coast Line to Morfa Mawddach. Morfa Mawddach is about three miles west of Penmaenpool. (There is no railway line to Penmaenpool.)

By boat: Small vessels can sail down the estuary to Penmaenpool from Barmouth. Contact the Barmouth Harbour Master on 01341 280671 for information.

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  • Wooden Toll Bridge

A famous landmark at Penmaenpool is the wooden toll bridge that spans the Mawddach Estuary. Replacing the ferry, the wooden bridge was built in 1879 by the Penmaenpool Bridge Company under the auspices of John Leigh Taylor of nearby Penmaenuchaf Hall. The toll bridge is a Cadw-registered building. Cadw [1]is the official guardian of the built heritage of Wales.

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  • Old Railway Footpath [2]

Walkers and cyclists can travel along the old Cambrian Railway line which is now a public path following the course of the Mawddach Estuary. The shale path extends from the outkirts of Dolgellau via Penmaenpool to Arthog.

  • Mawddach Way [3]

Penmaenpool is also a start/end point for one of the suggested three section of the 49km long distance footpath walk 'The Mawddach Way' which is a circular walk around the Mawddach Estuary.

Birdwatchers should visit the RSPB observation centre which is housed in near the toll bridge. The signal box affords ornithologists good views of the Mawddach Estuary and tidal mudflats.

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The George III Hotel is located at the end of the toll bridge and is open throughout the year.

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Penmaenuchaf Hall Hotel


  • Penmaenuchaf Hall Hotel[4]
  • Coed Cae Bed & Breakfast Located just a short stroll accross the Penmaenpool Bridge [5]


  • YHA Kings[6] 0870 770 5900. 42 beds across 7 rooms. Out of season, it's possible for groups to reserve the entire hostel.


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