...to a Rail Journey on the Conwy Valley Line
From the North Wales Coast...
...To the Heart of Snowdonia

The Partnership

Welcome to the Conwy Valley and North West Wales Coast Line Community Rail Partnership

We are an accredited Community Rail Partnership, awarded by the Community Rail Network, Department for Transport and Welsh Government. Mr Philip Evans, Chair and Haf Jones, Vice Chair welcome you to this website which highlights the work we do in connecting communities to their railways.

Our partnership members include Transport For Wales, Avanti, Network Rail, British Transport Police, Snowdonia National Park, Conwy Council, Gwynedd Council, Station Adoption representatives, Creating Enterprise, Community Rail Network and Boots on the Ground.

The business activity plan is delivered by all members, led by the Community Rail Officer. Our plan aims to:

  1. providing a voice for the community
  2. promoting sustainable, healthy and accessible travel
  3. bringing communities together and supporting diversity and inclusion
  4. supporting social and economic development

The Journey

The Conwy Valley line, part of the National Rail Network, runs alongside one of the great rivers of Wales, the Conwy and continues along the banks of the turbulent river Lledr after it's confluence with the Conwy at Betws-y-Coed.

From your departure at Llandudno to your arrival at Blaenau Ffestiniog a breathtaking range of scenery unfolds before your eyes, from the historic castle at Conwy, through estuary rich in wildlife, to gentle slopes that give way to majestic crags as the train crosses the Lledr by the dramatic Gethin's viaduct.

You glimpse fairytale landscapes, the imposing 12th century Dolwyddelan Castle, ancient quarries and tracks, forests and the high peaks of Snowdonia before entering the heart of the mountain to emerge some minutes later in the imposing and historic industrial landscape of Blaenau Ffestiniog, the very centre of Wales' slate quarrying and mining industry.

The Conwy Valley line at 27 miles long offers one of the most beautiful rail experiences in Britain.

Travel on the North West Wales Coast Line and you’ll find out why Wales is such an epic country to visit.

From start to finish, it’s a journey of contrasts. From the foothills of Snowdonia to the rolling fields of Anglesey you’ll take in crashing coastlines, craggy peaks, rushing rivers and historic landmarks as
you travel.

Starting at Llandudno Junction and following the coast as far as the university city of Bangor, Gwynedd, the train crosses the Menai Strait and travels overland across Anglesey to the port town
of Holyhead.

Sit back and enjoy the ride, there is always something to see on the North West Wales Coast Line.
Historic Conwy Castle, and the River Conwy, the infamous Swellies, Telford’s Menai Suspension
Bridge and National Trust gem Plas Newydd, to name but a few.

But that’s not all. Did you know, more than 60 visitor attractions can be easily accessed from the
North West Wales Coast Line? They are all just a short walk or ride on public transport from the nearest station, making your trip on the North West Wales Coast Line so much more than just a train journey.

Covering 48 miles, a trip on the North West Wales Coast Line is one of the most epic train journeys
you’ll ever take!

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