Barmouth

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Barmouth
Welsh: Abermaw
Barmouth.jpg
Barmouth across the Mawddach estuary
Barmouth is located in Gwynedd
Barmouth

 Barmouth shown within Gwynedd
Population2,522 
OS grid referenceSH613158
Principal areaGwynedd
Ceremonial countyGwynedd
CountryWales
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBARMOUTH
Postcode districtLL42
Dialling code01341
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Coordinates: 52°43′19″N 4°03′18″W / 52.722°N 4.055°W / 52.722; -4.055

Barmouth
Welsh: Abermaw
Barmouth.jpg
Barmouth across the Mawddach estuary
Barmouth is located in Gwynedd
Barmouth

 Barmouth shown within Gwynedd
Population2,522 
OS grid referenceSH613158
Principal areaGwynedd
Ceremonial countyGwynedd
CountryWales
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBARMOUTH
Postcode districtLL42
Dialling code01341
PoliceNorth Wales
FireNorth Wales
AmbulanceWelsh
EU ParliamentWales
UK ParliamentDwyfor Meirionnydd
Welsh AssemblyDwyfor Meirionnydd
List of places
UK
Wales
Gwynedd

Barmouth (Welsh: Abermaw (formal); Y Bermo (colloquial)) is a town in the county of Gwynedd, north-western Wales, lying on the estuary of the River Mawddach and Cardigan Bay. The English form of the name is derived from "Aber" (estuary) and the river's name "Mawddach"

The town is served by Barmouth railway station.

History[edit]

The Carousal Cafe

The town grew around the shipbuilding industry, and more recently as a seaside resort. Notable buildings include the mediaeval Tŷ Gwyn tower house, the 19th century Tŷ Crwn roundhouse prison and St John's Church.

William Wordsworth, a visitor to Barmouth in the 19th century, described it thus: "With a fine sea view in front, the mountains behind, the glorious estuary running eight miles inland, and Cadair Idris within compass of a day's walk, Barmouth can always hold its own against any rival."

There is also a new Lifeboat Visitors' Centre, where visitors can purchase souvenirs, and take a look at the RNLI lifeboat from the viewing gallery. The busy harbour plays host to the annual Three Peaks yacht race.

Barmouth Bridge, which takes the Cambrian Line over the River Mawddach, was also formerly at the end of the GWR Ruabon Barmouth line, which passed through Bala and Dolgellau. The southern end of the bridge is now the start of the Mawddach Trail, a cycle path and walk way that utilises the old trackbed.

The Barmouth Ferry sails from Barmouth to Penrhyn Point, where it connects with the narrow gauge Fairbourne Railway for the village of Fairbourne.

Barmouth is (geographically) one of the closest seaside resorts to the English West Midlands and a large proportion of its tourist visitors, as well as its permanent residents, are from Wolverhampton, Birmingham, Dudley and other parts of the Black Country, and Telford, Shropshire.

Sport[edit]

Barmouth has one major association football team: Barmouth & Dyffryn United, the team competes in the Welsh Alliance league and is generally well supported by residents.

Notable people[edit]

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Etherington-Smith, Meredith (1992-08-18). "Obituary: Tommy Nutter". London: The Independent. Retrieved 2009-10-09. 

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