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West Wales Steam Railway Holiday


Welsh Starling Cloud

Aberwristwatch antics

Holiday date: Friday, 12th August 2022
4 days for  £649 per person
£1298 for two people sharing
Single supplement £90
Tour reference: WC4/1

How about an exciting four-day soirée based on the promenade at Aberystwyth, a town with a Victorian pier, funicular cliff railway, camera obscura, and a steam railway - “Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside!”

Holiday Highlights

Kite spotting from the Vale of Rheidol train
Dramatic drive past the dams of the Elan Valley
The start of preservation with the Talyllyn Railway
Welsh industrial heritage at the Corris Railway
Electric Cliff Railway up to the headland
Welshpool and Fairbourne Steam Railways

Holiday Itinerary

Day 1 - Friday

We meet at Machynlleth Station early afternoon and head into the Dulan Valley for the Corris Railway, a place steeped in the local history of the slate industry. Tea, coffee and Welsh Cakes abound before we complete our journey to Aberystwyth in plenty of time for sunset number one on a barmy summer evening!

Meals: Dinner
Day 2 - Saturday

A coastal day to the north starts at the Talyllyn Railway, the first preserved railway in Britain. Then, we head further up the coast to Fairbourne for a ride on the charming miniature railway to the beach where we board the ferry to Barmouth. We’ll rail back to Aberystwyth over the famous Barmouth Bridge and around the coast in time to appreciate sunset number 2.

Meals: Breakfast,Dinner
Day 3 - Sunday

We head off this morning by steam train, chugging up the Vale of Rheidol amid increasingly dramatic scenery. A mountainous afternoon sees us going “over the top” and then through the magnificent Elan Valley on one of the most scenic roads in all of Wales. We have one last sunset to see so what better way to do so than while enjoying an evening meal together at the top of Constitution Hill and have privately hired the Victorian Cliff Railway to take us there.

Meals: Breakfast,Dinner
Day 4 - Monday

Time to head for home but not before a final dose of steam. We take a super scenic route to remote Llanfair Caereinion, the headquarters of the Welshpool & Llanfair Railway. This line is a delight, running alongside the river and then through rolling farmland and is best enjoyed, perhaps, from the open balconies of the rolling stock. After lunchtime we transfer to Welshpool Station from where homeward bound journeys commence.

Meals: Breakfast


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Our Hotel(s)

5 Star

The Gwesty Marine, Aberystwyth

This is a traditional sea-front hotel with a fine Georgian façade overlooking Cardigan Bay. It oozes that special “British resort” charm and has all the usual room amenities associated with a three star hotel. Take a stroll, go for a paddle, or peer along the pier! Our evening dining here is from a multiple-choice menu, changing daily and, to ensure quality of service and cuisine, will be at an agreed time according to each day’s itinerary.

Features and Facilities

Free WiFi available
Disabled lift on site
Pet friendly
Free Parking Available
Comfy beds
Crisp cotton sheets
Shower and/or bath
Digital television
Complimentary Wi-Fi
Tea and coffee facilities

What's included


All heritage railway rides
All public transport journeys, in standard class accommodation
Private coach transfers throughout the holiday


All entrances
Detailed itinerary/information pack
Services of courier throughout


Hotel accommodation on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis

What's not included

Travel to/from the holiday start point
Personal holiday insurance
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