Meirionnydd Coast Path

A walk along the Meirionnydd section of the Wales Coast Path, from Porthmadog to Machynlleth.

6 to 7 nights
62 miles
Moderate to Moderate / Demanding

From £535 per person

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About this route

From the town of Porthmadog to the ancient city of Machynlleth, the Meirionnydd Coast Path follows a gentle coastline of dunes, marshes and quiet beaches.

Along the way, the path visits a variety of towns, villages and harbours, as well as fascinating historic landmarks including standing stones, Iron Age hill forts and impressive castles. Along with the spectacular scenery on offer, this part of the Welsh coast is home to an abundance of wildlife, including the many species of birds that frequent the Morfa Dyffryn Site of Special Scientific Interest.

The Meirionnydd Coast Path is an excellent walk for those keen to see the magical beauty this corner of Wales has to offer. 

© Contours Walking Holidays Meirionnydd Coast Path map
Porthmadog to Machynlleth
62 miles (99 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday highlights

Visiting one of Wales' most impressive castles at the World Heritage Site of Harlech Castle.

Admiring the contrast between the rugged mountains of the Snowdonia National Park and the gentle, sweeping beaches along the Meirionnydd coastline.

Experiencing the Glaslyn, Dywryd, Mawddach and Dyfi estuaries with their expansive sands, abundant birdlife and terrific scenery. 

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
MECP1 From Porthmadog to Machynlleth 6 nights, 5 days walking Moderate / Demanding£535
MECP2 From Porthmadog to Machynlleth 7 nights, 6 days walking Moderate£625

Meirionnydd Coast Path 6 nights, 5 days walking

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  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Travel info
  • Weather

Travel to Porthmadog where your first night's accommodation has been booked

Day 1

Porthmadog to Harlech. 12 miles (19.5km)

Day 2

Harlech to Tal-y-Bont. 10.5 miles (17km)

Day 3

Tal-y-Bont to Llwyngwril. 14 miles (22.5km)

Day 4

Llwyngwril to Aberdyfi (Aberdovey). 12.5 miles (20km)

Day 5

Aberdyfi (Aberdovey) to Machynlleth. 12 miles (19.5km)


Depart from Machynlleth after breakfast

Your Itinerary

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this tour. Sometimes there may be a shortage of available accommodation in a preferred location, in which case we will transfer you from the trail to your accommodation and back again at no extra charge. Overnight stops marked with a (T) will always require transfers as standard.

The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to walk more than a mile from the trail to your accommodation; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Dog friendly tours are subject to a Daily Dog Charge, which will be listed below if applicable. Our standard prices per person are based upon two people sharing a room; if you are walking on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Walker or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Walker Supplement
£40.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£30.00 per person / per night

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£55.00 per person / per night

What's included?

  • 6 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail, or a short distance away via taxi provided at our expense.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.

Extra Nights & Rest Days

Taking a day out of your walking schedule is a great way to delve into the local sights and communities along the trail. The harbour town of Porthmadog is a pretty seaside location that offers the chance to ride a steam train along Ffestiniog Railway, touring Snowdonia in comfort before your walk begins.

A rest day at historic Harlech, meanwhile, will leave you with plenty of time to soak up the sun at its wide sandy beach, try the artisan ice cream at Hufenfa?r Castell, or to explore Harlech Castle, rising above the rocky precipice from which it sprouts.

Barmouth occupies a stunningly beautiful spot, with a backdrop of mountain peaks and a sandy coast bordered by the Mawddach Estuary, itself a haven for birdspotters. Another excellent beach can be found further along the trail at Aberdyfi (also known as Aberdovey), should you prefer to pile on the miles before you relax on warm sands.

The final stop of the Meirionnydd Coast Path, Machynlleth, is a popular spot for a rest day: picturesque, with a wide main street lined with brightly-painted shops. It was here that Owain Glyndwr set up his government, and his Parliament building hosts a museum dedicated to him. Plas Machynlleth, the 17th century mansion of the Marquess of Londonberry, houses Celtica, an exhibition of all things Celtic, while the Centre for Alternative Technology and the Wales Museum of Modern Art both promise a full day out.

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£55.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 61.5 miles (98.5 km)
Duration: 6 nights, 5 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 10.5 miles (17 km)
Maximum daily distance: 14 miles (22.5 km)
Code: MECP1 Grade: Moderate / Demanding
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Porthmadog
End of holiday: Machynlleth

Travel Information

Useful information and travel links that will assist you in your plans to travel to the start of the holiday and back from the end of it are sent to you with your full tour pack. A summary is given below:

By Air - The most convenient major city and international airports are Bristol, Birmingham and Cardiff.

By Rail - There is a rail station at the start of the trail (Porthmadog) and also at the end of the trail (Machynlleth).

By Bus - Various bus services run to Porthmadog and from Machynlleth.

From London - Trains run from London Euston station to Porthmadog.

Return To The Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail, is to take the train from Machynlleth to Porthmadog.

Weather Information

To find out more about the weather forecast for your chosen holiday's general location, please see the following websites:

  • MetCheck - This website allows you to look up detailed weather information for specific locations as far as six months in advance.
  • Met Office - This website shows regional area forecasts a few days in advance, with a general UK forecast description of up to 30 days in advance.
  • Mountain Forecast - This website shows what the forecast is like up on specific hills and fells, and offers forecasts a few days in advance.
"Aberdovey Harbour" by Tricia Hewson (2019)
"From Harlech Castle" by Tricia Hewson (2019)

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