By rail to your cottage or the train for a day out for Mid and North Wales holiday visitors
Published: Thursday 8th Aug 2013
Written by: The Wales Cottage Holidays Team
Wales Cottage Holidays has a number of properties that are accessible by rail or if you travel here by car, the trains provide some superb journeys for a day out and are often the most enjoyable way to see the countryside and the landscapes of Wales. So if you don’t have a car (or wish to leave it at home) or for a day trip without having to drive - take the train! Do give us a call on 01686 262800 and we can find the best property for you.
Arriva Trains Wales runs a two hourly service on the Mid Wales Cambrian line from Birmingham International (connecting with Virgin Trains services out of Euston) via Birmingham New Street, Wolverhampton, Telford, Wellington and Shrewsbury where there are connections from Crewe. From Shrewsbury the service heads west into Wales, calling at Welshpool, Newtown, Caersws and on to Machynlleth. Here the train divides and two carriages go on to Borth and Aberystwyth and the other two head up the coast to Pwllheli. With superb views of the North Cambrian coast, the line from Machynlleth runs to Aberdyfi, Tywyn, Barmouth, Harlech and into North Wales at Penrhyndeudraeth where it turns west to Porthmadog, Criccieth and the terminus at Pwllheli. A trip on this route is a wonderful way of seeing the coast and in addition to the main stations, there are also a number of small halts along the way where you will be able to wave down the little two-coach train to stop for you!
The North Wales Coast Line runs via Wrexham or Chester west along the coast to Prestatyn and Rhyl, continuing through North Wales to Abergele, Colwyn Bay, Llandudno Junction (with a branch from here to Llandudno itself), Llanfairfechan and Bangor before crossing Anglesey to Holyhead. From Llandudno Junction, there is also a delightful branch south through the Vale of Conwy down to Llanrwst and Betws-y-Coed; it then continues to Blaenau Ffestiniog where it meets up with the Ffestiniog Railway.