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Snowdon Mountain Railway

The Snowdon Mountain Railway opened in April 1896 and is a narrow gauge rack and pinion railway, which carries its passengers 4.7 miles (7.6km) up the highest mountain in England and Wales.

Our journey to the summit of Snowdon begins in Llanberis. As we leave the town behind us the train starts its climb, travelling past a spectacular waterfall and through ancient forest until we emerge into the wild, open countryside above the tree line. A quarter of the way up Snowdon we pass the small ruined chapel at Hebron before continuing to Halfway Station - so named because it is situated at the half way point - and then to Rocky Valley Halt.

Immediately after leaving Rocky Valley Halt the train travels along an exposed ridge, which offers breathtaking views of the Llanberis Pass and the volcanic rockface of Clogwyn du'r Arddu. Situated on the ridge is Clogwyn Station - our last stop before the summit.

Enjoy the wonderful panoramic views as we travel towards our destination - 'Hafod Eryri' - the new railway terminus and visitor centre, opened in June 2009. An award-winning structure of granite and glass, Hafod Eryri offers visitors refreshment facilities and an interpretation of the mountain and its history - but perhaps best of all are the views over the rugged Welsh landscape and, on very clear days, the Isle of Man and the Wicklow Mountains in Ireland.

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Railways & Castles of Wales
4.4 stars(277 reviews)
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Alice Bailey
4 stars
“Comfortable hotel with good food and very enjoyable excursions. Only 4 stars because: some days were long and perhaps trips could be rationalised a bit with more information, for instance about the stopover at Llanfair PG, also some places warranted more time; shower did not work, despite attentive proprietor's attempts; my request for special milk for medical reasons not understood despite me spelling it out in advance; desserts a bit repetitive and nothing like ice creams or fresh fruit salad available; no little packets of biscuits on tea tray in room; rooms small at top of hotel (with a tour party); breakfast's fruit salad was uninspiring mix of apple and melon (lot of watermelon), no pastries apart from croissants and nothing like nuts, seeds, dried fruit etc that might be associated with breakfast at a 4 star hotel. All minor points but added up sufficient to lose a star! Tour guide excellent and holiday as a whole very enjoyable. You get to see parts of Wales that would be difficult without a car. Would recommend.
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