New Gwynedd Bridge Shortens Path by 10 Miles!

The length of the Wales Coast Path has been reduced by nearly 10 miles thanks to the opening of the new Pont Briwet bridge across the River Dwyryd in Gwynedd.

Since opening in May 2012, the Wales Coast Path has taken a circuitous route between Penrhyndeudraeth and Llandecwyn via the bridge at Maentwrog.

Initially this was because the old timber road and rail bridge, dating from the 1860s, was not considered safe for walkers due to its very narrow roadway and lack of a pavement.

In any event, the bridge has been closed to all road users since October 2013 to allow a complete rebuild.  

The railway section of the bridge has been open since September 2014 but it is the opening of the road, with pavement / cycle track, on 13 July 2015 which has allowed the realignment of the WCP.

Just in case you are wondering, this rerouting was taken into account when the official distance of the Path was calculated – so it is still 870 miles!