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Written by David Hollowood - 18 Aug 2012
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Location notes
Located in North Wales on the A548 at Towyn. The road has a major "dog leg" in it near to "Kinmel Bay" where the A548 crosses over the main North Wales coast line. Good shots, in both directions, are available from both sides of this main road bridge.
Railway type and traffic
Rail traffic is predominantly units of 158, 175 and Voyagers although very occasionally Freightliner locos will use the line to Penmenmawr quarry.
Environment
There is a public house on Morfa. Avenue where food and beverages can be found. There is plenty of pedestrian activity and one's safety isn't an issue of note.
Road directions
Follow the A548 from Rhyl and head towards Pensarn. The road will cross over the railway at this location. Or from Abergele/Pensarn, take the road in the direction of Rhyl.

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Towyn map co-ordinates
Parking
Parking is easy very near to the bridge on Morfa Avenue. If this is full, it would not be difficult to find alternatives.
Public transport
Rail travel to the location is not possible.
However, a bus from Rhyl towards Abergele & Pensarn would - or from Abergele & Pensarn back towards Rhyl direction. There are many bus stops on this route and a polite word with the driver and they might drop you where you would need to be ie; where the road goes over the rail line.

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Amenities
I did not see public toilets but there are many refreshment outlets/pubs in the local area.
Accommodation
The area is predominantly "caravan city" so there is the option to bring your own accommodation!
There are B&Bs in Pensarn. Which would be a 15min bus ride.
Sun Compass
Sun Compass using Suncalc by brought to you by Vladimir Agafonkin:
It might be necessary to adjust the time to suit your visit, this link should open with the current day.
Towyn

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Photographic notes
Looking in the direction of Llandudno, west, the track has a long sweeping curve to your left and from the other side of the road, east, the track is straight but still a nice shot. The sun at evening looking towards Llandudno, is behind you. Looking eastwards at evening time, one would be looking into the sun but as you are elevated and looking down at the track I didn't have a problem.
Videoing would be a problem from passing road traffic related noise.


General views - All photographs © David Hollowood unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking west


Fig 1 - Looking west

The photographer is looking westwards towards Llandudno. 175 is heading towards Manchester, with the sun behind the photographer.
Photo taken mid July at 20:10hrs 1/640th speed used, ISO 640,f8 and 122mm lens Nikon D700.

Fig 2 - Looking east


Fig 2 - Looking east

Looking eastwards towards Manchester, Voyager is heading towards Llandudno, sun facing the photographer. Phot taken mid July at 20.12hrs 1/640th speed used, ISO 640, f10, 185mm lens

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