Mid Wales Town Tour Journey Notes 4 - Machynlleth to Aberystwyth
Times in brackets are approximate passing times - assuming departure from Machynlleth on schedule at 10.50. Left or Right refers to when facing direction of travel.
10.56 Dovey (Dyfi) Junction station. R - The Cambrian Coast Line to Pwllheli curves away to cross over the Dyfi River. We follow the south bank of the Dyfi.
(10.58) Look out for an osprey! In 2011, for the first time in over 400 years, ospreys bred in the Dyfi valley on the Cors Dyfi Nature Reserve site, following three years’ work to reintroduce the birds into the area. They are here at the Dyfi Osprey Project from early April to early September - when they return to West Africa. We pass through the Ynyshir Bird Reserve and the Dyfi broadens out to form an estuary; in the spring, breeding waders, including redshanks and lapwings and wildfowl will be here, the summer sees migrant waders such as green sandpipers and greenshanks and in the autumn, large numbers of ducks feed on the saltmarshes.
(11.03) Ynyslas. R - On the far side of the estuary is the village of Aberdyfi (Aberdovey). As we reach the sand dunes and the coast, Ynyslas Nature Reserve is on the right.
11.06 Borth. R - We stop at this coastal village - although all we see are the backs of the cottages! Rather more attractive is St.Matthew's Church on our left; it was built on a rocky outcrop in 1876 shortly after the arrival of the railway when the village was first being developed as a coastal resort.
(11.09) Llandre. The railway now turns inland and we pass through the village of Llandre. At the end of the 19th century a tramway ran from here to the lead mines in the hills.
(11.12) Bow Street. L- A large village, the name is apparently derived from the London street of the same name and was connected with the turn-piking of the main Aberystwyth to Machynlleth road from 1770.
(11.17) We run into Aberystwyth; the National Library of Wales and the Penglais campus of the University are on the hill to our right. The town has a resident population of some 16,000, swelled by over 10,000 students.
11.20 Arrive at Aberystwyth.