Crete Pilgrimage 2016 - Day 37
Wales - Porthmadog and the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway
We stayed overnight in Porthmadog so that we could travel to Ffestiniog on the old narrow gauge railway. We discovered that most people stay elsewhere and travel to Porthmadog in the morning for the train. Breakfast places that opened before 9.30am were rare, but we found one that did good coffee. We then walked to the railway station and examined the old steam train. After the train returned to Porthmadog, we drove north to Caernafon and walked around the outside of the old castle before stopping at a pub that looked out over the harbour for a pint and a bite.
The Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway
At 9.30 we boarded our Third Class carriage (they only have third class) and headed off across the Britannia Terrace and up into the hills. It was a great trip, perhaps a bit over-hyped but we were pleased to have ticked off another world famous train trip. The train crosses the edge of the harbour, along the Britannia Terrace, before climbing into the hills towards the old slate mining town of Blaneau Ffestiniog. After a quick stop, at which most of the passengers got off for lunch, we headed back down the hill. Part way along the journey the track climbs a steep part by using a circular section. Here you can look down onto the track below.
We drove north from Porthmadog to reach the north coast of Wales at Caernafon. Our hotel was near the castle so we walked around the castle walls. It was too late in the day to spend time in the castle itself - especially at the price they were charging for entry.
Last updated: 12/06/2017