Tywyn Mainline Station Tywyn Mainline station is a short 5 minute walk away from the Talyllyn Railway with trains running to and from Birmingham, Machynlleth and Pwllheli.
A free car park is available for national rail users. Check the Transport for Wales website below for more information & live departure boards.
Narrow Gauge Railway Museum
The Narrow Gauge Railway Museum is an important collection of artefacts relating to Narrow Gauge Railways in the British Isles, throughout a period spanning some 200 years.
The collection ranges from complete locomotives to smaller pieces such as paperwork, signalling equipment and tickets.
As such, it is a unique and comprehensive record of these fascinating railways, nearly 80 of which are represented in the collection.
King’s Café offers a wide variety of quality food, drinks and snacks for every time of day!
Breakfasts are served from 9am until 11:30am, Hot and Cold snacks are served from 12 noon until 3pm and Hot Meals
(including Home Cooked Specials!) are served from 12 noon until 3pm alongside a luscious selection of Desserts.
On Sunday’s, Sunday Lunch is served from 12 noon until 2pm, later during peak season. Takeaways are available and dogs are welcome.
Llechfan Volunteer Hostel
A hostel available as part of our accommodation options for volunteers.
The hostel comprises of 3 bedrooms accommodating 12 residents at a time, a shared kitchen, two shower rooms, a living room, a dartboard room, a launderette and a toilet.
Locomotive Sheds Where the locomotives are stored, prepared and maintained, including the UK’s oldest continually used narrow-gauge locomotive shed.
Not usually open to the public however you can have a guided tour on our Behind The Scenes experience.
An easy, level walk which visits St Cadfan’s church before making a bee-line for the Afon Dysynni.
After a walk beside the river, you turn inland, passing a fine dovecote and what remains of
Ynysymaengwyn, once a stately home.
A short walk along the road brings you to the ancient Croes-faen,
where you either turn left to return to the start along quiet lanes, or make a short diversion to Hendy
Halt and a ride back in the train.
From the station at Rhydyronen there is a splendid walk up the steep-sided valley of Nant Braich-y-rhiw where, after
crossing the stream, you turn sharp left to return to the station to start the second part of this route. If you have the
stamina, and help with transport, you could continue in a south-easterly direction to cross into Happy Valley.
However, to continue this walk you then accompany the railway for an easy walk back to Pendre, passing an area of
Open Access Land (Tir Cymen) at Hendy.
Here you can make a diversion to your walk and climb the hill to enjoy
superb views over Cardigan Bay. At Pendre you can take the train to Tywyn: it is such a short ride you may wish to walk
through the town.
This route presents you with a choice of walks: station to station either way, or an enjoyable journey around the whole
circuit. If you choose to start from Rhydyronen you are soon presented with a stunning vista of the sea and
the valley as you climb gently up the lower slopes of the south-western extremities of the
Tarrens. A steep descent brings you back to the railway at Brynglas Station, an alternative starting point. You then pass a
fine converted mill and the handsome house of Dolau-gwyn before making your way through woods and beside
Nant Rhydyronen back to the start.
Following quiet lanes and pretty riverside paths down to the Afon Dysynni, this is an easy walk
which offers expansive views towards the sea in the west, and
the mountains to the east. Your return route passes
Ynysymaengwyn on its way back to the station.
Dolgoch Falls & Walks Dolgoch Falls, three sets of magnificent waterfalls in a beautiful wooded ravine, are served by Dolgoch station and many passengers alight here before rejoining the train later in the day
(train service permitting). The Dolgoch estate was presented to the people of Tywyn and access is free (with donation boxes). There are various walks around the falls including a circular tour
taking in all three levels of the falls.
The falls are attractive at any time of year offering restful serenity beneath the trees. If the weather is wet, then the falls are even more stunning as the water thunders down.
Please note that for all but the lower falls the paths are steep with a lot of steps. Please take care.
Public Car Park There is a pay and display car park nearby, adjacent to the B4405 road.
Passengers should note that the path from the car park to the station is not suitable for the elderly or people with disabilities.
Adventure Playground Let the children burn off some steam in the Adventure Playground located next to the car park.
Children can experience driving a stationary wooden train and let their imagination run riot.
There is a picnic area with benches, so take your lunch!
There is a really long slide – the children will love it and so will the young at heart
Leave Abergynolwyn Station and, after a short stretch of road, you are soon walking along a steep gorge
defined by the Afon Dysynni, which squeezes through this narrow gap before reaching Dyffryn Dysynni,
where it turns south-west and heads for the sea. A very quiet lane is then joined at Pont
Ystumanner and this is followed for a short way to Llanllwyda, with the craggy hulk of Bird Rock directly
You then turn left to start your return, initially climbing steadily and then more steeply,
amidst surroundings which seem remarkably remote. Your climb ends at Rhiwerfa,where you turn
left and begin a fairly steep descent through woods and down to the road. Opposite, just across
the valley, is the Talyllyn Railway. You then return along the main road to Abergynolwyn Station.
Nant Gwernol Nant Gwernol lies on the edge of Abergynolwyn village. It takes its name from a rocky river gorge with cascading waterfalls.
Rugged peaks loom above the forested hillsides that are dotted with atmospheric ruins and slate spoil heaps.
A fascinating route which circumnavigates Foel Cae’r-berllan and passes through the village of Abergynolwyn, where you can enjoy
a drink and a meal at The Railway Inn. You then walk along a valley with the Afon Dysynni hemmed in at its base before veering off
above Coed Cae’r-berllan and approaching Castell y Bere, prominent on a rocky outcrop to your left.
After visiting what is one of Wales’ most romantic castles you then make your return along the
cwm of Nant-yr-eira, initially through woods and then along an open trackway. You then drop down to the
lane to make a level return to the village, where a path takes you beside the river.
Nant Gwernol Trails There are three waymarked trails starting from Nant Gwernol station through the Dyfi forest that allow you to see something of the former slate mining activities in the area,
returning to either Abergynolwyn or Nant Gwernol stations.