Mid Wales Scenic Rail & Steam Tour - Day 3

We are going to travel today back to Dovey Junction and then up the Cambrian Coast Line to visit the little Fairbourne Railway and then onto Barmouth. However before we do that, you may have noticed yesterday that at the north end of the promenade, Aberystwyth has a Cliff Railway climbing up Constitution Hill - so that is where we are going first!

 

Morning

The Cliff Railway opens at 10am (April to October). Head for the promenade (you can call back later to your overnight accommodation to collect your luggage) and, facing the sea, turn right and walk to the far end of the prom. By the way, it is traditional to ‘kick the bar’ (the railings at the end of the prom) although no one seems to know why this started many years ago! The entrance to the Cliff Railway is just up from here.

The Aberystwyth Electric Cliff Railway (to give it its full name) is the longest in Britain and has been transporting visitors to the summit of Constitution Hill since opening in 1896; on a clear day it is possible to see 26 mountain peaks spanning much of the length of Wales. Once at the summit visitors can experience the views afforded by the world’s largest camera obscura, which offers a bird’s eye view of 1000 square miles of land and seascape; there is a café here.

Leave enough time to collect your luggage, get something for lunch on the train and catch the 12.30 from Aberystwyth station.

The Aberystwyth Electric Cliff Railway is the longest in Britain and the only one in Wales. Its 778 feet undulating track and tilted carriages are the unique work of Victorian engineer G. Croyden Marks.

Cliff Terrace, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 2DN

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Lunch

There is a ticket office and waiting room on the station at Aberystwyth; our train leaves at 12.30, stops at Borth and then Dovey Junction - change trains here. This is probably one of the more remote places to change trains! However, there should only be a five minute await until the 12.57 Pwllheli trains arrives.

More details for rail fans as usual - Points of Interest Aberystwyth-Dovey Jnc.

The railway station is the terminus of the Cambrian Line from Shrewsbury. Located less than 5 minutes from the town centre, there is a taxi rank and bus station adjacent.

Alexandra Rd, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 1LH

 

Mid Wales Steam Railways Tour Journey Notes 4 - Aberystwyth to Dovey Junction.

Aberystwyth Railway Station, Alexandra Rd, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 1LH

 
 

Afternoon

For more info on this section of our Tour from Dovey Junction - see Points of Interest Machynlleth-Barmouth.

Our Cambrian Coast Line train will cross over the Dyfi River and head for the coast on the north side of the estuary at Aberdyfi/Aberdovey and run alongside the golf course and sand dunes to Tywyn. Entering Tywyn, look out for the Talyllyn Railway on the right - we will be back here tomorrow.

The line hugs the coast and we arrive at Fairbourne at 13.43; leave the train here; turn right out of the station (towards the beach) and the little Fairbourne Railway station will be on your left. Ask the booking office to look after your luggage for you. The Fairbourne Railway is a 2 mile long miniature railway which has provided a service between the village and Penrhyn Point since its opening in 1895. Originally built to carry building materials, the Railway has carried holidaymakers for over a hundred years. It runs alongside the beach to the end of the peninsula to Barmouth Ferry station where there is a connection with a pedestrian ferry across the Mawddach estuary to Barmouth. In the past, this was used by such people at the Archbishop of Canterbury but that was a few years ago - in 1188!!!

We catch the little 14.00 Fairbourne Railway train to Barmouth Ferry; this leaves for the return trip at 14.30 and there will be nearly an hour to look around the railway when we get back (on some dates, the return trip departs at 14.50). These trains run on from 9 April to 29 October 2020 (“diesel train on demand” 8 - 21 October).

We need to be at the Cambrian Coast Line station at 15.45 to catch the train to Barmouth. This is just a short trip but includes crossing the Mawddach estuary by one of the longest timber viaducts still in regular use in Britain.

We arrive at Barmouth at 15.57. Time to drop off the luggage and take a walk across Barmouth Bridge?

We need to be at the Cambrian Coast Line station at 15.44 to catch the train to Barmouth. This is just a short trip but includes crossing the Mawddach estuary by one of the longest timber viaducts still in regular use in Britain. We arrive at Barmouth at 15.55. Time to drop off the luggage and take a walk across Barmouth bridge?

Firstly a location tour of Barmouth. For the promenade, turn right out of the station and right over the railway; straight on for the sea, right for Marine Parade for B&Bs, Guest Houses and the Min y Mor Hotel.

For places to eat and the shops, turn right from the station then left into Beach Road; at the end of this road, shops and cafes left in King Edward Street or High Street right for the main part of the town and Richmond House.


Continue on this road for Barmouth Bridge towards the harbour and follow the A496 Dolgellau road past the Last Inn; access to the Barmouth Bridge will be on your right. There is a footpath alongside the railway track and you can walk over the Mawddach estuary to Morfa Mawddach station. You can continue your walk from here along the Mawddach Trail which follows the route of an old railway line to Dolgellau. If you want a photo of a train on the bridge, there is a southbound one that leaves Barmouth at 16.56. Return over the Bridge to Barmouth for the evening.

Mid Wales Steam Railways Tour Journey Notes 5 - Machynlleth (Dovey Junction) to Barmouth.

Machynlleth Railway Station, Heol y Doll, Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 8BL

 

A stunning train journey alongside the most beautiful shoreline with a view of the countryside in the background. Fairbourne Railway extends two miles between Fairbourne Village and Barmouth Ferry railway, Mid Wales.

Rail Route: Fairbourne - Barmouth Ferry

Beach Road, Fairbourne, Gwynedd, LL38 2EX

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Fairbourne railway station is on the Cambrian Coast Line from Machynlleth to Pwllheli.

Station Rd, Fairbourne, LL38 2AQ

 

Abermaw / Barmouth in Southern Snowdonia is a great location for Mountain, Sand and Sea. Extensive sandy beach with attractions, water sports and boat trips. Situated on the Coast Path with walking and cycling available for all abilities.

Southern Snowdonia, LL42 1LS

 
 

Evening

Dinner at the Min y Mor Hotel on the Promenade or at one of the cafes and restaurants that Barmouth has to offer.
 

Overnight

Suggestions for places to stay tonight include the Min y Mor Hotel on the Promenade which has a licensed restaurant, a choice of Guest Houses on Marine Parade (including the Endeavour, Ocean Drive, Sandpiper and the Môr Wyn) and Richmond House on High Street.
 
 

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