Panorama Walk, Barmouth
The Panorama Walk is Barmouth’s most famous walk and the view from the summit is one of the most spectacular in Wales, taking in the mighty bulk of Cader Idris to the south and the epic sweep of the Mawddach Estuary.
Visitors have been enjoying the views of the dramatic coastal scenery from Panorama viewpoint since Victorian times. Such was its popularity in the early 1900’s that the original walk to the viewpoint incorporated a tearoom and the so-called ‘pleasure grounds’ (Panorama Gardens). Both have now long gone, and the lower slopes are slowly being reclaimed by native woodlands.
The Panorama Gardens part of the walk is a short loop, and can be accessed from a nearby car park which eliminates much of the climbing. Even children who “don’t do walking” have enjoyed this one!
You can cut the route short at this point, or continue upwards to Bwlch y Llan at just over 300m and exchange the views of the Mawddach for those up the Ardudwy coast and onwards to the Llŷn Peninsula.
We left our trusted camper, Nell in the National Park roadside car park and took our excitable Jack Russel terrier, Archie on our walk. Unfortunately Tess our collie couldn’t join us as she’d hurt her paw
Distance: Approx. 4 miles
Time: Approx. 3-4 hours
Difficulty: The viewpoint – Easy / The circular – Moderate (steep sections)
Postcode for Sat Nav: LL42 1DJ (approx.)
Grid Ref: SH 625 166
Ordnance Survey Map: OS Ordnance Exp OL23 (Cader Idris & Llyn Tegid)
The Snowdonia National Park Car Park about 1 mile from Barmouth.
Approach from Barmouth to Dolgellau: follow A496 through Barmouth, after you have passed Barmouth Bridge on your right take the first left at the end of a terrace of tall town houses (Pocklington Terrace) and follow the signs for Bae Abermaw Hotel.
Approach from Dolgellau to Barmouth: follow the A496 to Barmouth, before you reach the Barmouth Bridge on your left take a sharp right just before the end of Pocklington Terrace, following the signs for Bae Abermaw Hotel.
The road climbs steeply passing the Bae Abermaw Hotel on your left. Follow this narrow road for about a mile and park in the National Park roadside car park on your right.
1. From the car park, head down the hill a short distance to a gate on the LEFT marked ‘Panorama Walk’. Follow the track, dipping down behind the back of a barn, before climbing up the opposite bank. The track, following the line of an old road sweeps left and becomes walled.
2. Pass through the gate across the old road, just after where it enters the trees. To walk up to the view point, turn RIGHT through a second gate in the side wall marked ‘Panorama Walk’ and follow the trail, keeping LEFT as it ascends through the trees onto a rocky headland. Upon your return to the old road you can cut the route short at this point and return to the Car Park or turn RIGHT to continue your walk.
3. Follow the old road as it drops down through the woodland. What remains of the Panorama Gardens can be seen on your left. At the tarmaced road turn LEFT, entering the scattered village of Cutiau. Head straight on towards the old chapel.
4. Beyond the chapel, and at the junction under electrical service lines, turn LEFT onto the path marked by yellow posts climbing the hillside. The path becomes tarmaced as it passes a farm, Llwyn onn Isaf.
5. At the T-junction with the road, turn LEFT, walking along the road for around 100m to a public footpath on your RIGHT. Continue onto the footpath between walls which starts next to a concrete service road. Follow the path bearing right towards the radio mast.
6. At the radio mast continue straight on and up the faint path climbing the steep hillside onto Bwlch y Llan and down the other side.
7. At the far side of the pass of Bwlch y Llan, turn LEFT at the T-junction, and follow the broad path as it meanders down to a small farm, Gellfawr. Turn RIGHT onto a footpath running below the barn.
8. With the farm buildings of Gellfawr farm on your LEFT, passing the front of the house, follow the road down to the car park for a well earned cuppa in your campervan.
Please note. These directions are for guidance only, we can accept no responsibility for any loss, damage or injury resulting from the use of this information. Always take a map with you and be prepared for the weather to turn. Do not venture out in bad weather and always take care with coastal tides.
Our roadtrip to Panorama Walk, Barmouth