Barmouth Viaduct temporary closures

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Barmouth Viaduct temporary closures

Postby pwa » 18 Oct 2020, 5:24am

For anyone planning trips in that area, best to be aware of planned closures for restoration.

https://www.networkrail.co.uk/running-t ... h-viaduct/

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Re: Barmouth Viaduct temporary closures

Postby Cyril Haearn » 18 Oct 2020, 5:58am

Abermawddach/Barmouth
1982 the worms were chewing the bridge, it was closed for trains but open for cyclists :?
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Re: Barmouth Viaduct temporary closures

Postby philvantwo » 18 Oct 2020, 7:01pm

Should replace Llangollen bridge in the seven wonders of wales poem!

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Re: Barmouth Viaduct temporary closures

Postby pwa » 18 Oct 2020, 7:06pm

philvantwo wrote:Should replace Llangollen bridge in the seven wonders of wales poem!

I always feel that when you get to the middle, stop and look up the estuary, you are looking at Wales in all her majesty. There is no finer view.

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Re: Barmouth Viaduct temporary closures

Postby John Holiday » 19 Oct 2020, 3:56pm

They wanted to shut the cycle path across it a couple of years ago, but there was a huge outcry & it stayed open
The authorities said it needed too much maintenance, but it is a a huge asset & attraction.

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Re: Barmouth Viaduct temporary closures

Postby AndyK » 19 Oct 2020, 11:55pm

pwa wrote:
philvantwo wrote:Should replace Llangollen bridge in the seven wonders of wales poem!

I always feel that when you get to the middle, stop and look up the estuary, you are looking at Wales in all her majesty. There is no finer view.

"There is no better walk than from Barmouth to Dolgellau other than from Dolgellau to Barmouth"

- John Ruskin

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Re: Barmouth Viaduct temporary closures

Postby PDQ Mobile » 20 Oct 2020, 2:00pm

AndyK wrote:"There is no better walk than from Barmouth to Dolgellau other than from Dolgellau to Barmouth"

- John Ruskin

Ruskin would not have used the Mawaddach Trail, I guess, because it was still a railway.
But perhaps he came over by the (today) B road to Llynnau Cregennen. Or along the line of the main road North of the river. I don't know.

For the more adventurous (and fit) there is a finer version.
Barmouth -Cader Idris -Barmouth.

Start in town.
Over the bridge and straight up into the hills behind Arthog steadily gaining altitude towards secret Llyn Cyri, eventually to reach the long ridge of Craig-y Llyn to Craig Las. Just picking a route along and up somewhere.
Eventually to join the Pony Path where it emerges onto the plateau (Golden Plover country) and skirt the cliffs above Llyn Cae and so to the splendid summit.
Then descend the steep Fox's Path ;(always stay right on top of the ridge to avoid the sliding screes) to the shore of Llyn Cae and then on down the path.
At the B road go straight over and on down Afon y Kings and so to the Maddach Trail and the estuary as the sun "westers".
Follow this back to Barmouth short-cutting round to the Mawddach Terrace houses and so gain (big high tide can make this impossible and one must stay on the trail) the long bridge again.

Wander across the bridge as the sun sets golden into the lapping sea and your whole day's adventure is lit in a burnished glow behind you.

Retire to the slightly sleazy depths of Barmouth for /chips/ beer/ pizza (delete as appropriate) and and a feeling of utter contentment.

John Ruskin would have approved methinks?

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Re: Barmouth Viaduct temporary closures

Postby Cyril Haearn » 20 Oct 2020, 5:10pm

There is talk of Fairbourne being abandoned in a few decades when the sea rises
Could the sea level affect the bridge?
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Re: Barmouth Viaduct temporary closures

Postby pwa » 20 Oct 2020, 5:17pm

Cyril Haearn wrote:There is talk of Fairbourne being abandoned in a few decades when the sea rises
Could the sea level affect the bridge?

Not directly. It is quite high above the waves. But it could pose a challenge for the coast line elsewhere.

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Re: Barmouth Viaduct temporary closures

Postby Bonefishblues » 20 Oct 2020, 5:18pm

Not just talk, it's official policy. Fairbourne's (soggy) toast!