26 Apr, 2009

Tywyn, Not just a Beach


Tywyn has an interesting and complex history for a seaside resort.There is a lot more to do then play in the sand, on the dunes or take pictures of the outstanding scenery.Where else in the world holds an annual event where multi-terrain runners get to race against each other and a steam train?The race runs from the Wharf Station to Abergynolwyn and back. It seems to be quite changing and different.People come from all over the world to participate in the race or watch from with-in the train.

The Narrow Gauge Railway Museum can be found at the Wharf Station of the Talyllyn Railway.It preserves the history of the railway, narrow gauge trains and how they affected Tywyn and the surrounding areas.Then, there is the Norman parish church of St. Cadfan to visit. It holds the St. Cadfan’s stone with the oldest known written Welsh on it. It has been dated back to about 650 AD. In 963, the Vikings visited the church, or more accurately they pillaged and sacked it.Lllywelyn Fardd also wrote a poem in the 12th century that featured the church. It is easy to find keys to different areas of history just by looking around the area. Abandoned pillboxes from World War II are still around the coast south of Tywyn.The town was very involved during the Second World War. It had a war base and was involved in the training for amphibious warfare landings. Something can be found for those interested in the middle ages, trains and WW II.

Of course! there are the miles of beach and all the other fun things to do around Tywyn.There is always fishing, bird-watching and canoeing at Broad Water lagoon.The Dysynni Valley and Fathew Valley are worth visiting as well. Surfing can be enjoyed year round when the wind is right.This is a great place to enjoy nature walks or build sand castles.

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