The Conwy Valley Explorer 1

The Conwy Valley Explorer 1

Please Note: This trip is hauled by vintage diesel

Dumfries to Betws-y-Coed or Blaenau Ffestiniog
Departs – Thursday 12 July 2018

From Dumfries, Annan, Gretna, Carlisle, Penrith, Preston and Wigan..

Join us for a scenic day out to remember as our stylish heritage train travels from Dumfries and down the scenic West Coast Main Line, past Morecambe Bay and through Wigan, our last pick up point, towards Chester.

From Chester we head west along the beautiful North Wales coast. This section of line offers open sea views to enjoy as we race through the resorts of Prestatyn, Rhyl and Colwyn Bay before arriving at Llandudno Junction.

Here we join the Conwy Valley Line for a breathtaking run and steep climb to the pretty mountain resort of Betws-y-Coed. The line from Llandudno first follows the gentle curve of the Conway Estuary. However we soon begin to twist and turn and our engine has to labour hard to climb the steep gradients to our destination with the views becoming more dramatic with each mile that passes.

In Betws-y-Coed you will find plenty of shops, cafes and restaurants plus some lovely riverside paths. Alongside the station there is a small railway museum and a miniature railway to enjoy. After our visit we return to the comfort of our reserved seats to once more enjoy the glorious scenery that North Wales has to offer.

Alternatively enjoy a bit more of the local scenery as you travel to our journey’s end at Blaenau Ffestiniog via a Roman Bridge and a deep mountain tunnel for a break of up to 3 hours. This town, set among huge mountains of slate waste and fabulous views of the nearby area, is home of the Ffestiniog narrow gauge steam railway and just on the edge of town the brilliant Llechwedd Slate Caverns. There should be time to relax and perhaps visit a few local gift shops and take a bite to eat before return departure as well as possibly exploring one of these attractions.

PREMIER DINING CLASS: Includes an at seat silver service of full English Breakfast in the morning and a four course meal on the return journey all freshly prepared by our skilled chefs on board the train.

FIRST CLASS: First Class passengers will be served a selection of Tulip Muffins, freshly brewed coffee and fine teas on the outward journey and a savoury refreshment box followed by cake of the day and freshly brewed coffee and fine teas on the return journey.

CHILDREN UNDER 5 can be brought on the train free of charge only if not taking up a seat and sharing seats with accompanying adults.

REFRESHMENTS: A buffet counter service of snacks, hot and cold drinks, and alcoholic beverages is available to all our Standard and First Class passengers throughout the day. You are also welcome to bring your own refreshments or indeed a tasty picnic to enjoy as the countryside passes by!

First Class and Premier Dining passengers can book a private table for a supplement of £20.00 per person.


The following Pick-Up and Set-Down stations are available on this excursion

Final Timings Outward Return
Dumfries 05:56 23:06
Annan 06:15 22:47
Gretna Green 06:25 22:35
Carlisle 07:07 21:41
Penrith 07.33 21:18
Lancaster 09:11 N/A
Preston 09:38 19:58
Wigan North Western 10:06 19:30
Betws-y-Coed 12:20 16:41
Blaenau Ffestiniog 12:51 16:10