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9 fabulous Welsh beaches to visit by train this Summer

21 August 2017

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The summer holidays are in full swing which means many of us are in need of some fresh ideas for trips to enjoy with family.

Even though we can’t always rely on the Welsh weather, it’s still worth a visit to some of the most scenic beaches that Wales has to offer.

For those dependent on public transport, or those who might feel like experiencing more of an adventure, here’s a list of nine beaches situated across Wales within easy walking distance of a train station along Arriva Trains Wales’ network.


Tenby Beach

Virtually undeveloped it’s no surprise the quaint town of Tenby is popular with visitors all year round. A short 10-minute walk from the station Tenby beach is the perfect place to enjoy the best of the Welsh coast.

Nearest Station; Tenby

Walking Distance; 10 minutes



Aberystwyth Beach

The historic market town of Aberystwyth is home to an idyllic beach along with an award-winning marina. With dolphins and whales often spotted off shore a sunset on this stretch of Ceredigion coast is a must.

Nearest Station; Aberystwyth

Walking Distance; 10 minutes



Llandudno North Shore Beach

Take a scenic journey to Llandudno and enjoy one of Wales’ award-winning beaches, North Shore beach. The sheltered beach has a long Victorian pier and wide promenade set within the Great Orme headland. 

Nearest Station; Llandudno

Walking Distance; 5 minutes


Colwyn Bay

Visit the blue flag beach at Colwyn Bay to see one of North Wales’ classic Victorian seaside resorts. The beachfront also includes a water sports centre alongside lots of restaurants – not to be missed!

Nearest Station; Colwyn Bay

Walking Distance; 5 minutes


Barry Beach

With over a mile stretch of golden sand, Barry beach is one of the UK’s best for fun and is easily accessible from Cardiff Central train station. With an amusement park just minutes away from the beach, Barry should be top of your list!

Nearest Station; Barry Island

Walking Distance; 5 minutes



Barmouth Beach

Located on the west coast of Snowdonia, Barmouth Beach has a long sandy beach perfect for a traditional seaside day out. Barmouth is also great for walkers, with easy access to some of Snowdonia’s finest peaks allowing visitors to enjoy the fabulous views, where the mountains meet the sea.

Nearest Station; Barmouth Station

Walking Distance; 5 minutes



Ferryside Beach

A sandy beach located near Llansteffan in West Wales, Ferryside is a dog friendly beach with a small café and a pub close by. The railway station is a request stop but only a short walk away from the coastal path.

Nearest Station; Ferryside (request stop)

Walking Distance; 5 minutes


Fairbourne Beach

Situated along the North Wales coastline, Fairbourne offers a number of activities including kayaking, sailing and surfing. You’ll find a number of restaurants and shops alongside the promenade to enjoy, too.

Nearest Station; Fairbourne Station

Walking Distance; 10 minutes


Aberdovey Beach

Just south of Snowdonia National Park, Aberdovey is a wild beach perfect for a more rural day out. Explore the beaches and take a trip to the cafes, chapel and restaurant this quaint Welsh village has to offer.

Nearest Station; Aberdovey Station

Walking Distance; 10 minutes


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Notes to editors

About Arriva Trains Wales

  • The Arriva Trains Wales network extends throughout Wales and the border counties of England, providing local and long distance services to major destinations such as Swansea, Cardiff, Newport, Birmingham, Chester and Manchester.
  • Providing for just under 32 million passenger journeys per year, ATW plays a major social and economic role in connecting people and communities throughout its network with a fleet of 127 trains covering a route of over 1,000 miles. ATW operates 247 stations throughout England and Wales of which 55 are staffed.
  • The Wales and Borders franchise started in December 2003 and runs for 15 years.  In the past 13 years, Arriva Trains Wales has invested £32 million in the network to improve stations, staff facilities and training, service availability and ticket purchase opportunities. Throughout 2017, Arriva Trains Wales is investing £2.8 million across the business to improve the customer experience.
  • ATW is one of the largest private sector employers in Wales, employing around 2200 people, and has created more than 300 additional jobs in Wales and the border counties since 2003.
  • ATW is committed to investing and developing in young talent: 25 apprentices and 13 graduate trainees have been recruited through its National Award Winning Apprenticeship Scheme.  
  • During the most recent National Rail Passenger Survey (Published January 2017), conducted by independent watchdog, Transport Focus, 82% of Arriva Trains Wales customers were ‘satisfied’.
  • ATW is constantly seeking to improve links with local communities and customers. In 2004, ATW set up the popular ‘Adopt a Station’ scheme, supports many large high profile events around Wales such as Velothon Wales and the Cardiff Half Marathon and is a community partner of Disability Sports Wales.
  • ATW are industry leaders in utilising and developing new technology in order to better its customer service offering. In 2015 ATW introduced the UK’s first video assisted train ticket vending machine and the award winning and innovative ‘Mobile multi-flex’ ticket App, the first smart-phone ticketing product of its kind in the UK rail industry.

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