West Wales Walking Holiday
Friday, 19th March 2021
Revised: Friday, 15th October 2021
The West Wales Walker
- Industrial heritage at the Corris Railway
- The oldest preserved steam railway at Tywyn, the Talyllyn Railway
- Stunning mountain and coastal views
- Steam courtesy of the Vale of Rheidol Rly
- A magnificent stroll in the Elan Valley passing towering dams
- Scenic rail journey on the Cambrian Coast
This holiday has two stunning walks, including one described as “one of the most spectacular Railway Walks that Britain has to offer”, and all to be enjoyed while staying in the seaside town of Aberystwyth, come and seaside for yourselves.
FridayMeet your Sherpa at Machynlleth Station mid-afternoon and we set off straight away for an afternoon of Welsh Railway Heritage. Just down the road is the Corris Railway, this narrow gauge, former slate railway is set to make for a great start.
SaturdayBy rail this morning from Aberystwyth, via Dovey Junction, to remote Morfa Mawddach from where our first railway ramble commences. This is where the branch line to Dolgellau came off the Cambrian Coast Line and ran alongside the banks of the Mawddach Estuary. We are going to walk the track-bed as far as the picturesque toll bridge at Penmaenpool (about 5 miles) enjoying mountain views within the Snowdonia National Park. This walk is described by Julia Bradbury as “one of the most spectacular Railway Walks that Britain has to offer”. After lunch we travel to nearby Tywyn for a steam-hauled round trip on the oldest preserved railway in the world – The Talyllyn.
SundayOur steam this Sunday morning is courtesy of the Vale of Rheidol Railway and we are starting the day with a chuff through the magnificent scenery to Devils Bridge. Time here to descend the steps and admire the bridges before a spot of lunch. Then, we take to the hills for the magnificent and desolate drive to the top of the Elan Valley. Here there are a succession of reservoirs held back by enormous dams that provide water (by gravity) to Birmingham. We are going to walk (about 4 miles), under the watchful gaze of circling Red Kites along the track-bed of the Birmingham Corporation Railway which skirts the waters on a steady descent. At the Elan Valley Visitor Centre, we re-join our coach and drive back to Aberystwyth in time to catch the sun setting over the Irish Sea.
MondayA final stroll this morning is along the prom to Constitution Hill. We’ll take the electric cliff railway to the summit for lovely views over the town. After a morning coffee we transfer up to Aberystwyth station where homeward bound journeys to commence.
The Marine Hotel
For three nights we are accommodated at the very pleasant Marine Hotel on Aberystwyth Promenade and included is dinner, bed and breakfast. This hotel enjoys one of the nicest positions of any hotel we use with the sea lapping against the prom just 20 yards from the front door and beautiful sunsets dipping behind the pier.
- 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
- Light lunch at the Talyllyn Railway
What's not Included
- Travel to/from the holiday start point
- Personal holiday insurance
- Other lunches
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