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Swansea/Heart of Wales Towns Tour Journey Notes 1 - Swansea to Llandeilo.

Times in brackets are for halts and stations that are request stops - we may not call at these. Times assume departure from Swansea on schedule at 14.35. Left or Right refers to when facing direction of travel.

14.35 Depart Swansea on the West Wales Line that runs to Carmarthen and Fishguard. After 10 minutes, we pass the village of Gowerton on the left. Gowerton is known as the gateway to the Gower which became the first area in the UK to be designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1956. The Gower Peninsula is known for its coastline and beaches and is popular with walkers and outdoor enthusiasts, especially surfers. The southern coast consists of a series of small, rocky or sandy bays, such as Langland and Three Cliffs, and larger beaches such as Port Eynon, Rhossili and Oxwich Bay.

14.52 Arrive Llanelli; most of the town is on our right as we enter/left as we leave. With a population of some 50,000, it is the largest town in county of Carmarthenshire and sits on the Loughor estuary. Historically a mining town, Llanelli grew significantly in the 18th and 19th centuries with the mining of coal and later the tinplate industry and steelworks. The closure of coal mines and competition from overseas steel plants meant that Llanelli, like many other towns in southern Wales, saw significant and sustained economic decline from the late 1970s. However, the area is still home to a number of manufacturing companies many of which service the automotive industry but Llanelli is now being developed as a leisure and tourism destination.

14.53 Leave Llanelli on the same line we arrived on but soon we fork north-east onto the Heart of Wales line.

(14.57) Bynea. L- The village is close to the River Loughor. This was an agricultural area until the turn of the 20th century, when it became heavily industrialised with coal mines and steelworks. After Bynea we head north alongside the River Loughor.

(15.01) Llangennech. L - The village was a coal mining community, with several local collieries mining steam coal. We pass Morlais Junction, pass under the M4 motorway and pass Hendy Junction; both the railway junctions are for the Swansea District goods line on right. We cross over the Loughor just before Pontarddulais.

(15.06) Pontarddulais. R - Industrialisation began in the early 19th century. 1839 saw the arrival of this railway to the town which was built to transport anthracite coal from the Amman Valley to Llanelli and Pontarddulais was transformed from a rural settlement into an industrial community during the years 1872 to 1910 when six tinplate works were established. These were rendered obsolete in the 1950s and although partly replaced by light industry, this too gradually declined transforming the community into a dormitory village. We are still heading north-west but with the Loughor on our left.

15.14 Pantyffynnon. A brief stop - all train movements on the single track line up to Craven Arms are controlled from the signal box here. The railway to the right serves the Gwaun Cae Gurwen Collieries. We head north with the River Loughor on our left and pass under the A483 road which is also heading to Llandeilo.

15.17 Ammanford. R - An old mining town with over 5,000 inhabitants, it did not exist until the late 19th century; instead, the Cross Inn hostelry gave its name to the small collection of houses here. However, when the mining industry expanded and hundreds of workers and their families came to Cross Inn to mine the anthracite, the decision was made to change the town’s name. When Ammanford was decided upon, the local schoolmaster could not resist the temptation to declare that Cross Inn had been crossed out! Ammanford is now predominately a shopping area and tourism town for many villages in the neighbouring areas. From here we head north, cross the Loughor again; one of its tributaries, the Marlas is now on our left. We go under the A483 road to reach Llandybie.

15.22 Llandybie. L - A large village with a 3,800 population situated two miles north of Ammanford, it was on the northern boundary of the Carmarthen coalfield.; St Tybie is the parish church. Level crossing as leave the station and pass the outskirts of the village on our right; we cross the Marlas, another level crossing with A483 Ammanford to Llandeilo road and cross the Marlas again. We now follow on left (and cross several times) Afon Cennen which flows into the Tywi near Llandeilo.

(15.28) Ffairfach. Station is by a level crossing with the A483; the village is left, located close to the confluence of the Afon Cennen and the River Tywi. We cross the Tywi to reach Llandeilo.

15.33 Arrive at Llandeilo and leave the train.




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Map reference: SS 657935  Lat: 51.62500 Long: -3.94152


The Railway Station is located in the High Street off the A483 that runs through the city and to the north of the Maritime Quarter.

Junctions 42 - 47 of the M4 access Swansea city centre and the railway station is clearly signposted. The cities bus station is approximately a 20 minute walk across the city with Cardiff Airport 50 minutes away.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Swansea station

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