A pilgrimage to the Panorama Walk viewpoint has long been a popular excursion for visitors to Barmouth. The summit vista is rather special, taking in, as it does, the mighty bulk of Cadair Idris to the south and the epic sweep of the Mawddach Estuary. The section up to the viewpoint is short, but a much more involved route can be concocted by starting down at the Orielton Woods car park on the edge of Barmouth.
A couple of waterfront viewpoints, at Porth Aberamffra and close to the Barmouth Bridge, give a taste of what is to come. Unfortunately the top viewpoint is a perched at a considerable height above Barmouth and must be earned with not inconsiderable effort. This does mean some steep road pounding, but soon it is possible to escape onto some footpaths.
The return journey drops you steeply down through Orielton Woods where you can see a stainless steel sculpture of a trilobite.
Orielton Woods car park is a good starting point for the longer circuit. If you just wish to visit the Panorama Walk viewpoint then there are parking spaces on the adjacent road, although the approach road is quite steep.
A combination of narrow roads, tracks and footpaths, some of which are quite steep.