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Light Railways in West Wales

February 2023

You may have noticed that trains feature heavily chez Trenewydd, and really, you can't beat a nostalgic steam engine chuffing its way through the gorgeous Welsh countryside.

1. Vale of Rheidol Railway

This is a full day out, for sure, and a fantastic one. First, it's a drive up the beautiful coastline to Aberystwyth which is a wonder in itself. There, you'll head through the charming station to pick up the narrow gauge steam train and settle in for the ride. The journey from there to Devil's Bridge is spectacular as it winds through some truly lovely scenery: fields, streams, ancient woodland, and mountains.

Once you arrive, it's a short walk to the famous Mynach Falls and Devil's Punchbowl. You have a choice of walking routes around the falls depending on how long you want to take; we picked the longest one and it was certainly worth the effort. There are plenty of places to rest along the way, either to catch your breath or just take in the scenery. Be warned though, it's not suitable for a buggy or wheelchair.

When you emerge from the end of the walk, handily, the Hafod restaurant is right there for some well deserved refreshments before you head back to the station for the return journey.

2. Teifi Valley Railway

This narrow gauge railway runs along the original GWR track and has a chequered history to say the least, but since 2014 work has continued in earnest to improve and extend the line and it's a lovely day out. As well as the journey itself, you'll find a very sweet café for refreshments; a cute Pixie Line for the young and young at heart to enjoy (look out for Pixie villages, camp sites and secrets in the trees); and a fantastic museum set up in the old signal box.

3. Gwili Steam Railway

What's special about this lovely experience is that you can book a dining train! How fabulous; you can choose either a scrumptious dinner or a vintage cream tea to enjoy while you watch the scenery passing by. Both sound amazing; perfect for a birthday or anniversary treat. Or if you just want something a little more exclusive, then why not book a compartment for you and your travelling companions?


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