The day didn’t quite go as I had planned.  I was up and away from the hostel on Holy Island pretty early to get an early train from Holyhead to Llandudno Junction. The original plan was Holyhead to Llandudno Junction to Blaenau Ffestiniog then the Ffestiniog Mountain railway to Porthmadoc, then down to Aberystwyth and back along the mid-Wales line.  It turned out the  but the dreaded Llandudno Junction to Blaenau Ffestiniog was cancelled yet again so it was time to think of an alternative plan.  I hoped back on the train and got to Chester for some breakfast in a supermarket then a walk around the walls then back on the train and travelled down to Welshpool, a town I normally drive straight through.  

What a miserable station it is now it has been severed from the old station building by a new road.  The new station is just two platforms and a shelter with ticket machine and an ugly metal bridge with no steps. In future years anthropologists are going to try and work out why we did away with steps.  

The town though is worth a wander even on a hot day such as today.  Lovely rows of cottages the views of which are spoilt by the plethora of recycling bins each has to juggle with and no room to store them. The pubs looked very inviting but not today. I did succumb to an ice cream though and squeezed in finding a couple of geocaches.

Date of trip: 25 Aug 2019

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