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The Local Area Guide to living in Barmouth

Tucked away from prying eyes on the west coast of Northern Wales, the beautiful waterfront town of Barmouth sits proudly. With the Mawddach Estuary to its front and the dramatic peaks of Snowdonia, in particular, the Cadair Idris and Rhinogydd range tumbling down to its back. Barmouth is, arguably, one of the most impressive locations in the nation. The picturesque resort was once a bustling centre for shipbuilding, but now little evidence remains to tell this once glorious tale. Barmouth now serves its purpose as a popular seaside resort for families and adrenaline junkies.

Aside from the traditional seaside delights on offer, the town is an excellent hub from which the magnificent surroundings can be explored. Barmouth is also the starting point of the world-renowned Three Peaks Yacht Race - a gruelling adventure which takes competitors through Wales, England and Scotland. It's certainly easy to see why so many are drawn to the alluring charm of this hidden gem in the Gwynedd county.

Information about the local residents

According to the 2011 Census, the permanent residents of Barmouth stand at a humble 2,522. The town's population tends to swell during the summer period as crowds flock to take advantage of the gorgeous landscapes and miles of soft, sandy beaches.

Due to its geographic location, many who visit or decide to relocate here come from the West Midlands region in England, in particular, Birmingham and Wolverhampton. There's also a significant retiree community present in Barmouth, which is hardly surprising considering the calm and unruffled atmosphere of the town.

Nearby schools

Parents with young children shouldn't be discouraged by the fact that there's only one school within the immediate vicinity of Barmouth. Ysgol y Traeth Primary school caters for children aged between 3-11 years and consistently excels in areas such as academic achievement, pupil progression and learning standards. For secondary education, pupils will have to venture to nearby Harlech, this is where Ysgol Ardudwy secondary school is located. Here, pupils leave with excellent GCSE results and are taught to a high standard.

Getting around

Barmouth railway station serves this pretty town. Trains depart the station every two hours, taking passengers to Birmingham (in under 3 and a half hours), Shrewsbury to the south and Pwllheli to the North. Since trains follow the Cambrian Coast line route, passengers can expect to witness exquisite coastal scenery drifting past them. During the summer period, extra trains are provided to serve the sudden influx of holidaymakers.

The town is also well connected by bus. The 38 and 39 buses provided by Express Motors transport users around Barmouth and to surrounding towns like Dolgellau and Bontddu. Although the service ends in the evening, it is more than sufficient. Locals and holidaymakers can also get small open boats - the Barmouth Ferry - to cross the gorgeous estuary to get to Penrhyn Point, from here, you can catch the Fairbourne train to Fairbourne village. Not only is this a great day out, it also provides you with a different vantage point of Barmouth - though, the service only runs from April to October.

Local shops

There are over 60 independent stores, cafes and restaurants to explore in this pretty coastal town. The majority of which are scattered around the busy high street and harbourfront. During the summer period, many are drawn to the latter to enjoy the alfresco dining opportunities in a picture-perfect setting, as well as the chance to sample exquisitely prepared seafood dishes. If you need to refill your cupboards, you can pick up supplies from Co-op, Iceland or Spar. You can also snap up seasonal produce and other fascinating wares by paying a visit to Barmouth market every Thursday, though, this is only present during summer. After summer passes, Barmouth returns to its slower pace of life, yet still provides residents with all the essential amenities they need. If, however, you're craving name brand stores and high street delights, Birmingham is a train or car ride away.

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All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.