Places on the Mawddach Estuary - Bontddu

Bontddu Visitor Information
The village of Bontddu (pronounced approximately ‘Bon-thee’) is positioned mid-way along the estuary’s north shore. Bontddu Map & Directions

In centuries past, the main route between Dolgellau and Harlech once left the estuary shore line here to cross the hills behind, completely bypassing what was then the tiny settlement of Barmouth.

Bontddu was at the heart of a mini-gold rush in the late 1800s. In the woods behind the village lie the remains of the Clogau Gold Mine, one of the largest of a string of Goldmines working a gold seam running along the north shore of the estuary and up towards Coed y Brenin.

The RSPB reserve at Garth Gell is a short walk to the east, and for those seeking more rugged terrain, the village sits at the southern end of the Rhinogs, a range of hills stretching north towards Porthmadog. The Mawddach Way is easily accessible, passing through the Clogau workings a little higher up the valley.

For something a little different, why not explore some of the remains of 20th century military activity in the area. From hill-top memorials to beach defences, there are over 50 different sites in and around the Mawddach Estuary to be explored on foot, by bike or by car. See here for further details.

War Memorial
Find out about the Bontddu War Memorial here

What’s on in Bontddu?
For a comprehensive guide to all the events and activities in Bontddu and the surrounding area please visit the Mawddach Estuary Events page.

Local Arts & Crafts
To view local arts and crafts produced in Bontddu and the surrounding area please visit Mawddach Crafts.

A number of places in the village and surrounding area offer accommodation ranging from self-catering cottages and smart B&Bs. There are also caravan parks and campsites, and these are well served by bus connections.

Public Transport
Bontddu is well served by bus connections between Harlech, Barmouth and Dolgellau . Click here to access a public transport journey planner.

Mawddach Trail information
Bike rental
Information on The Mawddach Way
Tyddn Du Campsite

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