This is one of my favourite lines, the trip from Dovey Junction to Pwllheli is best done on the late afternoon train, to experience sunset over the Cambrian Coast. The line runs along the coast for much of the 53 miles, giving spectacular views of both the Welsh mountains, and the shoreline. The single track line passes through 25 working stations, several of which are request stops, and you’ll see a further 5 disused stations, most of which are now private houses.
And being Wales, there’s castles – Harlech of course, which you can’t miss, Criccieth, perched on an outcrop jutting into the sea, and if you look left as you leave Dovey Junction, you will see the Regency Gothic Glandyfi Castle (now a 5 star hotel) nestling amongst the trees.
Dovey Junction has to be one of Britain’s top remote stations. Not quite as dramatic as Carrour, it also has no road access, just a half mile footpath, and a spectacular position on the Dovey Estuary, in the middle of the Dyfi national nature reserve.
It’s worth stopping here for a while between trains, to experience the peace and quiet. You may even spy an Osprey, their nesting sites are very close to the station.
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