Meirionnydd Coast Path

Meirionnydd Coast Path

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

5 to 7 nights
62 miles
Moderate to Demanding

From £540 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, this walking holiday visits a variety of towns, villages and harbours, as well as fascinating historic landmarks including standing stones, Iron Age hill forts and impressive castles. This section of the Wales Coast Path is home to an abundance of wildlife, including the many species of birds that frequent the Morfa Dyffryn Site of Special Scientific Interest.

A walking holiday along the Meirionnydd Coast Path is the ideal choice 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 (100 km)
1st February to 28th October

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 5 nights, 4 days walking Demanding£540
MECP2 From Porthmadog to Machynlleth 6 nights, 5 days walking Moderate / Demanding£645
MECP3 From Porthmadog to Machynlleth 7 nights, 6 days walking Moderate£750

Meirionnydd Coast Path 5 nights, 4 days walking

£NNN per person
  • 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. 11.5 miles (18.5km)

Day 2

Harlech to Barmouth. 17.5 miles (28km)

Day 3

Barmouth to Tywyn. 19 miles (30.5km)

Day 4

Tywyn to Machynlleth. 14 miles (22.5km)


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.

Overnight stops marked with an (L) have very limited accommodation, and therefore more often than not will also require a transfer, particularly on bank holidays and weekends. We will use non-transfer accommodation wherever possible.

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 travel 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 on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Traveller or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Traveller Supplement
£55.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£40.00 per person / per night

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

Extra night (Standard)
£60.00 per person / per night

What's included?

  • 5 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.

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)
£60.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 62 miles (99.5 km)
Duration: 5 nights, 4 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 11.5 miles (18.5 km)
Maximum daily distance: 19 miles (30.5 km)
Code: MECP1 Grade: Demanding
Season: 1st February - 28th October
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 Birmingham, Bristol 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 bus 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.

Customer reviews from the Meirionnydd Coast Path

“Another beautiful stretch of Welsh coastline, with a pleasing mix of sandy beaches and high-level sections with stunning views of sea and mountains.”
Mr Julyan, UK
“It was a great walk; not too strenuous and with beautiful coastal views. Contours is a fantastic company; my trip was very well organized and I had no issues with anything. I would certainly use them again. A great mix of castles, history and beautiful views. Mileage was good; allowed for exploration of various towns along the way. Would certainly use Contours for future trips.”
Mrs Naughton, USA
“Very nice and beautiful view I have seen during this walking tour, enjoy a lot, and nice accommodation, the owners of the B&B are all friendly and helpful.”
Miss Zhang, Italy
“This area of the WCP has well maintained paths and good signs which enabled us to relax and enjoy the walking and scenery.”
Ms Sharp, UK
"Church on Approach to Barmouth" by Simon and Clare Parker (2020) "Church on Approach to Barmouth" by Simon and Clare Parker (2020)
"Harbour at Porthmadog" by Simon and Clare Parker (2020) "Harbour at Porthmadog" by Simon and Clare Parker (2020)
"Robin on a Signpost" by Simon and Clare Parker (2020) "Robin on a Signpost" by Simon and Clare Parker (2020)
"Looking back over Barmouth" by Simon and Clare Parker (2020) "Looking back over Barmouth" by Simon and Clare Parker (2020)
"Aberdovey Harbour" by Tricia Hewson (2019) "Aberdovey Harbour" by Tricia Hewson (2019)
"From Harlech Castle" by Tricia Hewson (2019) "From Harlech Castle" by Tricia Hewson (2019)