The Cambrian consists of two picturesque routes: the Cambrian Main and the Cambrian Coastal line. Journey times from Shrewsbury, to the furthest points on both lines, takes just 1 hour 50 minutes to Aberystwyth (Main line)and 3 hours 53 minutes to Pwllheli (Coastal line) – ideal for day trips, long weekends or short breaks.

The map picks out some of our favourite places en route including:

Welshpool – home of the scenic Welshpool & Llanfair Light Steam Railway

Newtown – a pretty market town with rich industrial heritage

Machynlleth – a quaint Welsh market town

Aberdovey – popular for sailing, superb estuary views and large sandy beach

Aberystwyth – busy seaside and university town at the heart of Cardigan Bay

Tywyn a pretty seaside town and home of the Talyllyn Steam Railway

Barmouth a bustling seaside town with large sandy beach

Harlech with it’s World Heritage Site at Harlech Castle

Minffordd alight here for picutresque village of Portmeirion

Porthmadog a small harbour town and home to the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland steam railway

Criccieth a coastal castle town on the Llyn Peninsula

Pwllheli a busy market town with a large sandy beach and award-winning fish and chips

Caersws – small village with two roman forts

Shrewsbury – tudor town centre steeped with medieval architecture