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Cambrian Line

Cambrian Line

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The Cambrian Line runs from Shrewsbury to Aberystwyth via Machynlleth and trains on the Cambrian Coast Line depart from Machynlleth and travel from Dyfi Junction up the coast north to Pwllheli.

These railways provide access to many holiday destinations in Mid Wales and their scenic routes make for delightful trips to see the area. Indeed the Guardian newspaper recently included the Cambrian Coast line in its list of “10 of the World's epic train journeys”!

Visit Mid Wales has an excellent selection of trips by rail ranging from days out to tours lasting 2 to 5 days. From the top bar menu, click on ‘Information’ and select ‘Tours & Itineraries’. All have details of what to see at the various locations and the 5 day town tours also have a guide on what to look out for on your journey.

There are also tours on the Cambrian lines for railway enthusiasts which take in many of the famous narrow gauge steam railways; these have detailed notes on the main line route, former stations, closed lines, what to see and how things were at the end of the steam era in the late 50s/early 60s.

For station details and train times, also click on ‘Information’, select ‘Travel’ and then, from the panel on the right, choose ‘Train Information’.

From Shrewsbury, the Cambrian Line runs west through the Shropshire countryside to cross the border into Wales and on to the market town of Welshpool. The next stop is Newtown followed by the village of Caersws and then to Machynlleth; here many of the trains divide into two - one part to Aberystwyth the other to Pwllheli.

Machynlleth is the operational focal point for the Cambrian Lines; all train movements on the 130 miles of track are controlled from here and the trains are serviced here as well.

From Machynlleth the line continues to the remote Dyfi Junction (the station has no vehicular access) where the routes diverge; travelling south, trains call at the coastal village of Borth before reaching the terminus at Aberystwyth.

The Cambrian Coast Line route from Dyfi Junction is to Aberdyfi, Tywyn, Llwyngwril, Fairbourne and over the Mawddach estuary via Barmouth bridge - at 700 metres long, this is one of the longest timber viaducts still in regular use in Britain. Travelling north from Barmouth, the line continues to Dyffryn Ardudwy, Harlech, Penrhyndeudraeth and to Porthmadog. Here the line turns west to Criccieth and finally Pwllheli. In addition to the stations mentioned, there are another 13 little halts at which trains will call on request.

Services on the Shrewsbury to Aberystwyth route consist on 12 trains each way Monday to Saturday running every one or two hours and 9/8 on Sunday. The Cambrian Coast Lines has 5 weekday trains each way between Machynlleth and Pwllheli with one on Sundays (3 between mid-May and mid-September).

Opening details

Rail & Bus Travel Information from Traveline Cymru - www.traveline.cymru

Prices

Discount Rail Card: The Cambrian Lines Railcard costs just £5 and offers at least one third off most individual Standard Class rail fares on the Cambrian Lines.

Cambrian Coast Ranger tickets allow one day of train travel offering unlimited travel on the Cambrian Line.
Day Ranger Ticket:
Adult: £9.80
Child: £4.90
Family: £19.90

Address

The Station,
Machynlleth,
Powys,
SY20 8TG

Location

Directions

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Map reference: SH 744013  Lat: 52.59513 Long: -3.85459

Cambrian line from Shrewsbury through to Aberystwyth. Change at Machynlleth for the Cambrian Coast Line to Pwllheli