Cambrian Coast Explorer - Southern Snowdonia Day 2

A two day trip letting the train take the strain on the Cambrian Coast line - one of Wales' most spectacular railways.

Train times are for Mondays to Fridays based on National Rail timetables from 15 December 2019 to 16 May 2020. Subsequent train times until December will probably be similar but will not be confirmed until nearer the time.



Catch the Cambrian Coast train from Tywyn station at 09.29 and. sit back and enjoy this stunning coastal railway trip.

As the train makes it's way northwards across the Mawddach Estuary you will travel though the popular resort town of Barmouth and a little further on you'll see Harlech Castle - a World Heritage site. Onward towards Minfordd, and the village of Portmeirion comes into view.

Leave the train at Minffordd (you will arrive here at 10.44) and take a short 15 minute walk to Portmeirion, the little piece of Italy found on the coastline of Wales!

The Mawddach Estuary is where the River Mawddach (Afon Mawddach in Welsh) meets the sea and forms a stunning wide sandy estuary. At the mouth of the Estuary is the town of Barmouth and 8 mile inland is the town of Dolgellau.

Southern Snowdonia, LL40 2TA



Enjoy your time walking around the picturesque Italian style village of Portmeirion and have some lunch at one of the cafes and restaurants on site. Why not buy some of their famous pottery to take home, or as a gift for someone!

This unique village is set on its own private peninsula on the southern shores of Snowdonia. It was created by Welsh architect Clough Williams-Ellis to demonstrate how a naturally beautiful place could be developed without spoiling it.

Portmeirion, Penrhyndeudraeth, Gwynedd, LL48 6ER

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Walk back to Minffordd station and board the train heading back down the Cambrian coast line to Aberdyfi - the journey takes around an hour and a half. Turn right out of the station and walk into Aberdyfi - picturesque coastal village.

You have a choice of places to stay and eat tonight! Either Aberdyfi or Machynlleth, the choice is yours! If you decide on Machynlleth check the train times before you travel.

Aberdyfi is a small seaside village on the north side of the Dyfi estuary in southern Snowdonia.

Gwynedd, LL35 0ED


Aberdyfi Beach in Southern Snowdonia is a popular beach of perfect sand and the occasional sand dune extends for miles, from Aberdyfi all the way to Tywyn.

Aberdyfi, Gwynedd, LL35 0RT



Aberdyfi has plenty of places to eat but for a spectacular view while you're eating why not try The Trefeddian - perched above the village, it truly has dinner with a view


Spoil yourself with a stay at the Trefeddian Hotel which was awarded the 'Best Mid Wales Hotel 2020 and best AA Hotel Wales. Other places to stay in Aberdyfi include stylist guest houses and self catering apartments. Check out to find your perfect place to stay

The centre of the village has coffee shops, bars and restaurants and the Aberdyfi Golf Club is located on the outskirts of the village

If you stay in Aberdyfi, there is a train back to Machynlleth in the morning at 09.33 connecting to Aberystwyth or Shrewsbury,

Located half a mile from the picturesque harbour village of Aberdyfi, with panoramic views of Cardigan Bay. Relax in comfort and enjoy fine food complimented by friendly service. Lift & indoor swimming pool. Families of all ages welcome.

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Other Itineraries

> Explore Mid Wales Days Out

> Heritage Railways

> Scenic Railway Day Trips

> Short Breaks by Train

> Short Breaks in Mid Wales

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