Cambrian Coast Railway named as one of the World's epic train journeys
A spectacular view of Harlech Castle from the Cambrian Coast Railway
One of the UK’s leading national newspapers, The Guardian has named the Dovey Junction to Pwllheli line, also known as the Cambrian Coast Railway line as one of the world’s top 10 epic train journeys. The recognition follows hot on the heels of Lonely Planet naming North Wales in the world’s top 10 regions to visit in 2017.
In its top 10 listing, The Guardian states: “From the lonely request stop at Dovey Junction, the Cambrian Coast line clings to the shore of Cardigan Bay so closely it is often damaged by sea storms. Chugging for the best part of 2½ hours along one of Britain’s most scenic railway lines, trains traverse the half-mile-long, 150-year-old Barmouth bridge, which spans the Mawddach river. They then pass lovely Portmeirion on the far side of the sandy Dwyryd estuary, and offer up choice views of Harlech and Criccieth castles.”
Rhydian Mason, Rail Development Officer for the Cambrian Railways Partnership said the region has so many attractions to offer, including the Wales Coastal Path, the magnificent castle at Harlech, the spectacular Snowdonia National Park as well as a host of renowned TV and film locations for Hollywood Blockbusters, cult 60s dramas and the multi-award winning Hinterland series.
From Porthmadog, train passengers can take their choice of narrow gauge steam trains to visit Caernarfon Castle, Beddgelert and Blaenau Ffestiniog as well as other new attractions, such as Zip World. The region is also well served by quality hotels, including Portmeirion and the Trefeddian in Aberdyfi and there are many welcoming inns and seaside villages to explore.
International visitors arriving at Birmingham Airport can catch a train directly from Birmingham International to Aberystwyth or Pwllheli.
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Published 6 January 2017