Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Barmouth Mawddach Estuary and The George III Hotel, Penmaenpool, Wales

Our final outing on this particular stay in Wales was to the Barmouth Mawddach Estuary where the mountains meet the sea, along the wooded banks and sandy shores. It is in the south west corner of the  Snowdonia National Park,

Barmouth is perched on the side of a mountain with beautiful views of the harbour and Barmouth Bridge which spans the river mouth. There was a bitterly cold wind blowing that day in January but we took a short walk along part of the Railway Walk to the toll bridge across the river mouth.
The Railway Walk - Barmouth to Dolgellau

After our walk we went to  The George III Hotel in Penmaenpool, Dolgellau for lunch, a lovely location with beautiful views over the estuary.   The main hotel was built around 1650 and was once two separate buildings. One half was a pub and the other half a ships chandlers serving the local boat building industry. In 1890 the buildings were joined to make the place into a hotel.  Until 1964 the hotel was adjacent to a railway station, but sadly it was a victim of the Beecham Railway Cuts The hotel was extended in 1977 when the Victorian Railway Station Waiting Room, Ticket Office and Station Masters Quarters were obtained and extended to form bedrooms for the hotel.  

Our lunch was excellent as the hotel prides itself in using the highest quality locally sourced fresh ingredients and the interior surroundings were a cosy respite from the cold weather.

This is another area we would very much like to return to next time we are visiting my sister.

My mosaics and photos will enlarge if you click on them, however if you would prefer to view the photos individually, you may do so in My album entitled. Travel Tales - Barmouth Mawddach Estuary

For further information I direct you to the sources I used myself, The Railway Walk - Barmouth to Dolgellau , Barmouth Snowdonia National Park,  The Mawddach EstuaryThe George III Hotel  Beeching Railway Cuts.


  1. Hi Linda,

    I can't believe the coincidence ... I think I mentioned that we would be visiting friends in Llandudno North Wales over the Mayday Bank Holiday.

    They have said that they will be taking us to visit family, who happen to live in Barmouth and have booked Sunday lunch for us at the 'The George' which you mention in your post. We are also due to take in the Dinorwig Power Station, during our drive through Snowdonia.

    Talk about a small world ... I am off noe to follow up some of the great links you have provided, thanks.


  2. It's been a long time since we were in Wales. Love the peaceful scenery.

  3. The weather looks threatening, but days like that can be calm and peaceful. And oh, what a wonderful cosy looking hotel!

  4. I want to hide out in your suitcase....

  5. Wonderful collages!
    Seems a very nice place to visit. Hope the weather is sunny sometimes;o)

    Happy day, Lindy****

  6. Seems like a rainy day... the perfect time to stay in a warm spot with good food and better company!

    I got lucky on both my Welsh trips, only a smidgen of rain a couple of times... my sister's friends didn't want me to leave, they said I was a good luck weather charm! :D

    North Wales is such a beautiful region, you're lucky having your sister living there gives you the perfect excuse to visit regularly!

    Well, I've reached the end of this blog.... and probably inundated your e-mail's inbox with notifications for my comments, sorry about that! I've really enjoyed reading about your travels (and life in Italy and photos) and I look forward to future posts! :o)

  7. This place is gorgeous! I want to go to this place for a holiday right now!

  8. also joining this site in google and following it in blogger reading list..for me to get updated..


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