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Penmaenpool tollbridge over the River Mawddach - wooden tollbridge built in 1879, a grade 2 listed building. It costs 60p to take a car across with free access for walkers, it closed by 6pm in September when we were there. Penmaenpool also had a railway station and the Mawddach trail passes through the village. In July 1966, fifteen people, inclouding 4 children were drowned when Barmouth ferry the 'Prince of Wales' hit the tollbridge on a trip from Barmouth to the George III hotel by the river. 2006 Remembrance service

comments (15)

The lighting on this image is beautiful!
John Prior: We were lucky with the evening light over the whole week. Thanks Elizabeth
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 5 Oct 2011, 06:44
What's so weird about this beautiful image, John, is that the land is so close to the bridge. Maybe it's low tide...but you'd think they's just build a road instead?!
John Prior: Thanks Ginnie. The bridge is quite a lot longer than what I've shown here and the river curves, also this shot is at low tide. From pictures the boat looked like a huge open clinker dinghy and was probably quite old, it probably did not take that much of a blow to sink it when the boatmen lost control in the strong tidal current.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 5 Oct 2011, 06:49
Lovely lighting John: a place well worth visiting I suspect
John Prior: Thanks Chris, the whole area is worth walking on a fine day.
Sad to think of a disaster happening in such a peaceful looking setting
John Prior: Thanks Bill, the wonders of a google searchsmile
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 5 Oct 2011, 08:20
I have similar thoughts as Ginnie I suppose if I could see the big picture all would make sense
John Prior: Thanks Vintage. The bridge is quite a lot longer than what I've shown here and the river curves, also this shot is at low tide. From pictures the boat looked like a huge open clinker dinghy and was probably quite old, it probably did not take that much of a blow to sink it when the boatmen lost control in the strong tidal current.
nice line with bridge that makes.
John Prior: Thanks Chantal
A great picture John. I was interested reading about this bridge, and the Prince Of Wales ferry accident.
John Prior: Thanks Frances, all is revealed thanks to Google smile
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 5 Oct 2011, 09:44
A lovely scene John.
John Prior: Thanks a lot Chad
Good to see it was rebuilt after the very sad accident, it is surrounded by lovely countryside.
John Prior: I don't think the bridge was damaged by the boat, from pictures the boat looked like a huge open clinker dinghy and was probably quite old.
  • Linda
  • United Kingdom
  • 5 Oct 2011, 15:15
So picturesque, it is a shame it holds memories of such a sad time smile
John Prior: Thanks Linda, I did not know the story until I did a Google search, It seemed to be over shadowed by a Lifeboat tragedy in Cornwall and later the same year the terrible event at Aberfan.
Would be nice to walk it, that's for sure.
John Prior: The whole area is great for walking, thanks Mary
I've driven over this a few times John but never actually seen it from this angle. A grand shot.
John Prior: Thanks Les, It has been there a long time, now owned by an English family I understand.
  • crash
  • United States
  • 5 Oct 2011, 21:39
would love to spend some time here ... lovely landscape
John Prior: Thanks Crash, the whole area is great for landscapes
Another favourite spot well pictured, John. Never heard the tragic story before, though.
John Prior: Thanks Graeme, nor had I until I did a google search.
  • Phil
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 23 Oct 2011, 15:58
Amazing landscape!

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