September 2012
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Llangollen Railway – a steam hauled heritage railway line.

LLANGOLLEN RAILWAY is mainly a steam hauled heritage railway line which starts at Llangollen Station that is located beside the Dee River Bridge in Llangollen Town.

Overview of Llangollen Railway

• It continues for 7 ½ miles upstream which follows the River Dee to the village of Carrog.
• The Town is on the south side of the river.
• It enters by crossing the bridge.
• The Railway remains close to the waters of the river for most of its length.
• On the north bank at Llangollen Station, the river is crossed on to the south bank via the Dee Bridge.
• This is approximately one mile upstream from Llangollen.
• Llangollen Railway was started in 1975.
• It was started by a group of enthusiasts who saw the potential for a scenic heritage line through the Dee Valley.
• 7 ½ miles of this track have been re-laid westwards.
• This is along the track-bed of the old Ruabon to Barmouth main line, through to Carrog.
• Here the line presently terminates.
• The old main line closed to passenger traffic in 1965 and to goods in 1968.
• The track, signaling and much of the infrastructure was removed or demolished.
• Llangollen, Berwyn and Carrog Station buildings survived.
• The enthusiasts commemorated the re-opening in 1975 with an open day at Llangollen Station.
• Here 60 feet of the track had been relaid.
• Berwyn was reached in 1985, Deeside in 1990, Glyndyfrdwy in 1993 and Carrog in 1996.
• The line then climbs steeply to reach Berwyn Station.
• From here the climb continues, through Berwyn Tunnel (1/3 mile) to Deeside Halt.
• From here the line rises gently for the next 2 miles to Glyndyfrdwy Station and village.
• Finally it reaches on to Carrog on a gently rising grade.
• Plans are in hand to extend the line a further 2 ½ miles to Corwen Town.

Ticket Information

Fares 2012: Adults £12, Seniors £10, Children £6, Family Ticket £30, Dogs/Bicycles £1 – This refers to a rover ticket on A, B or C Timetables only.

Places to see Around

1. Llangollen Wharf
Contact information and address
– Llangollen Wharf, Wharf Hill, Llangollen, Denbighshire LL20 8TA
– Tel: 01978 860702
• From the Wharf, embark on either a horse drawn boat trip along the feeder for the main canal, or a motorised aqueduct cruise.
• This takes one across the famous Pontcysyllte Aqueduct built by Thomas Telford.
• Both these trips take in the magical sights and sounds of the beautiful Llangollen Canal.

2. Stonehouse Brewery
Contact information and address:
– Stonehouse Brewery Limited, Stonehouse, Weston, Oswestry, Shropshire, SY10 9ES
– Tel: 01691 676457
• Stonehouse Brewery is a family-run brewery that is situated next to the Cambrian Railway Line, in Oswestry.
• The brewing is done using traditional methods.
• The mashing in, of the floor-malted barley, is done by hand and no sugars or extracts are added.

Other Attractions

• Ardress House
• The Argory
• Bellaghy Bawn
• Castle Coole
• Castle Ward
• Downhill Mussenden Temple
• Florence Court
• Mount Stewart
• Palace Demesne
• Penrhyn Castle
• Plas Newydd Anglesey
• Plas Newydd Llangollen
• Springhill
• John Knox House

North wales Attractions

• Beaumaris – at the eastern tip of Anglesey.
• Caernarfon – planned seat of Edward I’s power in Wales. Located in the town of Caernarfon.
• Castell y Bere – Last stronghold of the Welsh Princes, and their most impressive fortress and located in Bro Dysynni.
• Chirk – Built in 1295 and a National Trust Property and is located in the Wrexham County.
• Conwy – built by Edward I to control the stategically significant town and river of the same name.
• Criccieth – Welsh built castle near the eastern end of the Lleyn Peninsula.
• Dinas Bran – atmospheric ruin on a hilltop near Llangollen.
• Dolbadarn – Welsh built castle situated between Llyn Peris and Llyn Padarn lakes, close to the town of Llanberis.
• Dolwyddelan – Welsh castle, in the village of the same name on the main A470 road between Betws-y-Coed and Blaenau.
• Ffestiniog: Reputed birthplace of Prince Llywelyn the Great. The Disney film Dragonslayer was filmed here.
• Flint – Edward I’s first castle in Wales, in the far north-east close to the English border in Flintshire.
• Harlech – Another of Edward I’s “ring of steel”. Looks menacingly across Tremadog Bay at Criccieth Castle.
• Rhuddlan – in the small town of the same name, south of Rhyl.

Stately Homes
• Plas Newydd – National trust property located in Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, Anglesey, Wales.
• Erddig Hall – National Trust property located on the outskirts of Wrexham.

Heritage Railways
Standard gauge
• Llangollen Railway
Narrow gauge
• Bala Lake Railway
• Corris Railway, near Machynlleth
• Ffestiniog Railway, runs from Blaenau Ffestiniog to Porthmadog
• Llanberis Lake Railway
• Snowdon Mountain Railway runs from Llanberis all the way to the summit of Mount Snowdon
• Talyllyn Railway, Tywyn
• Welsh Highland Railway

Miniature Railways
• Conwy Valley Railway Museum, Betws-y-Coed
• Fairbourne Railway, south of Barmouth
• Rhyl Miniature Railway- The oldest miniature railway still running in the UK
• Gypsy Wood Park, Caernarfon – UK’s largest miniature G Scale garden railway

Things to do

• Sea Kayaking
• Rock Abseiling
• Cliff Jumping
• Sea Level Traversing
• Gorge Scrambling
• Mountain Horse Riding
• Indoor Karting, Caernarfon

Best time to visit / climate

• There is no good or bad time to visit London.
• The attractions are mostly open all year round.
• July and August are the height of summer.
• These would also be the most expensive months.
• This is the time when London has the biggest crowds mainly because of the school holidays and the ‘good’ weather.
• New Year and Easter are also busy periods and expensive.
• In the winter it is dark by early evening (16.00).
• In the height of summer it is light until 22.00.

Location on Google Maps

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How to get to Llangollen Town?

Located close to the Welsh Border with England and on the banks of the River Dee.
Easily Accessible from:
• Liverpool (Via M53/A55/A483 to Ruabon/ then A539 via Acrefair to Llangollen).
• Manchester (Via M56/M53/A55/A483 to Ruabon then A539 via Acrefair to Llangollen).
• Birmingham (Via M6/M54/A5 to Chirk then A5 to Llangollen).

• Access is possible using a mix of train and bus travel.
• The access is from centres in the North-West of England and the Midlands, as well as North Wales.
• There is also a direct train service from London Marylebone to Ruabon and Wrexham.
• This provides access from southern England.
• RUABON Station on the Shrewsbury-Chester national network is the rail head for Llangollen, the Dee Valley and much of eastern Denbighshire.
• The station is managed by Arriva Trains Wales and is ‘adopted’ by a member of SCRUA.
• It also benefits from being in the sphere of the Chester-Shrewsbury Community Rail Partnership.
• The station is equipped with Customer Information Service screens.
• These screens give real time details of train services from both platforms.
• Only bus shelter type accommodation is provided on both platforms.
• The former station building is in private occupancy.
• Car parking facilities are provided.

Bus Timetables
The bus timetable can be obtained from Wrexham County Borough Council at the Enquiry Office, Kings St Bus Station, Wrexham.

How to reach Northern Wales, Borderlands?

1. By Road
• North Wales Borderlands is within easy reach of the national motorway network.
• It is well served by main roads including the A55 Expressway and the A5 London to Holyhead route.
• Many of our towns are served by National Express Coaches.

2. By Rail
• North Wales Borderlands is served by a great rail network.
• There are links from London, Holyhead, Chester and Manchester.

3. By Air
• Both Manchester International Airport and Liverpool John Lennon Airport are less than an hour’s drive from North Wales Borderlands.
• Both airports offer good public transport links to towns within the region.

Some Travel Books That will Help You

Lonely Planet Wales Wales Road Map AZ Frommer’s England and the Best of Wales 2012

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