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Written by Brian Proctor - 30 Aug 2009
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Location notes
Located on the Cambrian Coast Line in Mid Wales, about 2 miles south of Harlech and 10 miles north of Barmouth.
Railway type and traffic
Mostly class 158 DMUs with the occasional freight or enthusiasts special.
For the last few years (2009), there has been a daily (Monday to Friday) Steam special along this line in August.
A small village in a coastal area, with open fields with hills to the North.
The railway line runs along coast and turns inland at this point. There is a large sandy beach, great for kite flying, which turns to large rocks / boulders to the north with views of railway line and Harlech Castle.
Quite busy during summer season, and never had any problems at night.
Road directions
Traveling along the A496, and turn right if coming from Harlech, left if coming from Barmouth, off at Llanfair (sign posted for Llandanwg Station. The station is a little way down the road on the left. To get to the beach and car park continue down past the station until the end of the road.

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Llandanwg (Llanfair) map co-ordinates
Either the pay and display car park by the beach, with disabled parking, or along grass verge by side of the road.
Public transport
On the number 38 bus route (Tan-y-bwlch ~ Barmouth) get off bus at Llanfair .
Please note it is about a 3/4 mile walk from the Llanfair bus stop to Llandanwg station, just under a mile to the beach. If you walk along the road. O/S map shows public footpath across field which is shorter.

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There are public toilets and cafe located in beach car park.
There are various B&Bs and caravan parks in the area.
Sun Compass
Sun Compass using Suncalc by brought to you by Vladimir Agafonkin:
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Llandanwg (Llanfair)

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Llandanwg (Llanfair) general view map
Llandanwg (Llanfair) close up map

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Llandanwg (Llanfair)

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Photographic notes
Best places are south of the railway station along the road looking back north towards the line. The line at this point is travelling roughly west to south east so the sun is generally always behind you as you look north. It is also on an embankment so you have good visibility from the road.
There is a public footpath which goes across the line, so shots along the line are also possible. The line is single track so trains can approach from either direction, with very little warning from the west.
Continue down the road and go on to the beach, turn right and walk north, (you will see some houses on the cliff tops). Walk past these houses and you will see the line hugging the cliffside as it travels along the coast. Great views of southbound trains can be found here. With the best light in the afternoon.
Unfortunately the beach turns to boulders as you go north, so care is needed.

General views - All photographs © Brian Proctor unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north

Fig 1 - Looking north

Taken from north of the station, from the beach.

Fig 2 - Looking north

Fig 2 - Looking north

Fig 3 - Looking east

Fig 3 - Looking east

Taken from the road leading south from the station.

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