Yr Hen Stablau is 1 mile from train and bus stations in Machynlleth and we are happy to meet you there on arrival if you request. For journeys by road, the cottage is 105 miles from Birmingham (about 2 hrs 20 min), or 57 miles from Shrewsbury (1hr 15 mins).
The cottage is 8 miles from the coast and sandy beaches at Aberdyfi.
Arriva Trains operate the line through the Dyfi valley which is a good way to orient yourself to the area.
There is a station one mile away at Machynlleth, on the main Euston line, which passes Birmingham New Street and Shrewsbury every two hours. Taxis are available from the station or transport can be provided on arrival.
At Dyfi Junction, you can join the Cambrian Coast line, which takes you to Pwllheli along miles of the most beautiful coast, through Aberdyfi, Harlech and other historic towns further north.
Trains are run by Arriva Trains Wales.
For rail information, contact National Rail Enquiries on 08457 484950 or visit:
Machynlleth bus station is one mile away. There are connections from Newtown, Aberystwyth, Dolgellau. Buses pass Yr Hen Stablau every 2 hours on weekdays.
- Bus and rail in Gwynedd – timetables and phone numbers
- Dyfi Valley bus and rail travel – multi-journey tickets, passes, timetables and map
- For all enquiries regarding train, express coaches and rural bus services call the National Travel Hotline on 09065 500 000
- For coach/bus information, contact National Enquiry Line on 0870 608 2608 or visit www.nationalexpress.co.uk. The nearest coach destination is Aberystwyth.
The Dyfi valley is criss-crossed by Lon Las Cymru, route 8 of the National Cycle Trail. The trail, which is a Sustrans project, runs for about 400 kilometres, which is the distance from Cardiff to Holyhead, but there are alternative routes so that you can do round trips, day trips, etc.
There are excellent resources and rides – on and off-road – in the valley. Loisin Lush shop in Machynlleth have maps for the Mach1, Mach2 and Mach3 off-road routes. Nearest cycle hire is at Dolgellau Cycles (20 m) Tel 01341 423332, firstname.lastname@example.org or Hafren Cycle Hire Llanidloes (18m) Tel 01686 413565
The long-distance walk, Glyndwr’s way, connects with footpaths through the valley and goes through some beautiful and quiet villages to the West of the valley. The Ramblers Association’s Glyndwr’s Way site is useful.
The breath-taking Ceredigion Coastal Path starts (or finishes) in Borth and there is also a Dyfi Valley Way walk, for which there is a guide-book available in the cottage and local Tourist Information Centres. The Wales Coast Path now links the entire coastline giving great opportunities for exploring without a car. Maps for local sections of the Wales Coast Path are in the cottage.
In a car
Most people from southern England and the Midlands use the motorway network as far west as Telford, then go to Machynlleth via Shrewsbury and Welshpool or Newtown. Take the A 493 Aberdyfi road from Machynlleth and we are 800m up the road from the Dyfi Bridge on the right.
From South Wales, the route runs from Cardiff and the M4 along the A470 to Machynlleth.
From Northern England most drivers prefer to head SW through Bala and Dolgellau, then take the A487 to Mach.
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Birmingham Airport is the nearest airport, connecting with Birmingham International train station.
Other options are Manchester, Cardiff, Liverpool or any of the London airports, as there are speedy shuttles from the airports into London. The Machynlleth train leaves from Euston Station, London.
Cardiff International Airport is three hours’ drive away. For further details, contact Cardiff International Airport on 01446 711111 or visit www.cardiff-airport.com.
If you wish to come by ferry from Ireland, you will dock at Holyhead or Fishguard. Ferrybooker has the full details.