Well what an adventure today, we had taken the train to Barmouth for some exploring high above Barmouth to walk just inside the Snowdonia National Park.
I have never traveled on the train along the Cambrian Coast before except heading south to Aberystwyth, so today heading north along this outstanding section of railway way which is an adventure itself.
The Cambrian railway starts at Shrewsbury then at Dovey Junction the railway separates on the junction south for Aberystwyth were the line terminates and north the line follows welsh coastline to Pwllhehi where the line terminates here too, our stop today is Barmouth with at last I get to cross the famous Barmouth railway bridge and most appropriate as there is celebrations in the evening in Barmouth to celebrate 150 years of this amazing wooden bridge.
The railway line literally hugs the coastline following the contours of the landscape with the sea appears just feet away on the Dovey estuary and heads into a few tunnels, one really good part was on a elevated section as the railway precariously hangs on the side of the cliff then a decline from the elivated section of track to fairborne station and then a euphoric section over the Barmouth bridge, with no worries of driving or parking as the logistics are taken care of using the train today.
Leaving the station behind on our walk we originally were heading to a big hill called Diffwys however the cloud level was at 150m which checking my GPSs elevation would of put us in some thick cloud if were headed higher and the idear was to get some great views of Cadair Idris and the surrounding mountains, so plan B was to use the route and head to the Carrig Arthur stone circle just under the cloud level then head back to Barmouth via quiet and peaceful lanes and a finally heading through Coed Orielton (woods) and finally back to enjoy Barmouth itself.
The famous 150 year old grade two listed Barmouth bridge carrying the railway over the Mawddach. opened October 10th 1867 and made mostly of wood to save transport costs and bring in wood from the sea would of been cheeper, originally a Drawbridge section to let tall ships pass the replaced with a swing out iron section which has now been fixed as there are no longer the need of tall ships to pass up the Mawddach. overall an outstanding structure and Landmark on the North wales coast