great train journey
It does rain a bit!
A great base for climbing Snowdon
The railway by the lakeside was built to carry slate from the quarries to a port on the Menai Straits.narrow-gauge steam tr ain, vintage steam engines from the former Dinorwic slate quarriesThe start of the train is at Gilfach Ddu, next to the National Slate Museum. It then goes to Llanberis and from there non-stop to Penllyn, passing again the...more
The Padarn Country Park is a nice area east of the Padarn Lake (Llyn Padarn), near the old Dinorwig Quarry. It's a great place for walking; besides the Lake Walk (see other tip), there are several signposted trails:Vivian Trail (blue): this one passes the Vivian Quarry, which now is filled with water. You can walk directly to the border of that...more
The Padarn Lake, or Llyn Padarn, is 3 km long and not very wide. Llanberis is located on the south-western end of the Lake. From the car park at the A4086, you have a great view over the lake towards the mountains, the slate quarry and Dolbadarn castle.There's a trail around the lake which is about 5 miles, and is signposted with white marks. While...more
Dinorwig Power Station, also called Electric Mountain, is a pumped storage power station hidden in the mountains of the former Dinorwig Slate Quarry. It's the largest in Europe. They’ve built some huge tunnels and underground chambers which now host six generating units. You can visit the site on a guided tour which is very interesting and takes...more
Slate quarrying used to be an important industry in Llanberis. There had been several quarries which all were closed after the quarrying industry declined after WWI. The Dinorwig Quarry near Llanberis was closed in 1969, and in the former industrial engineering workshops you now find a Slate Museum. You can see all the workshops like the...more
Dolbadarn Castle was built by Llywelyn the Great in the 13th century to defend the passage through the Snowdonian mountains. The location of the castle is very nice, on a hill above Llyn Peris and next to Llyn Padarn. Today, the castle is in ruins and only the tower is left, together with some little walls. You can climb up the stairs to the...more
Llanberis lies at the foot of Mount Snowdon ("Yr Wyddfa" in Welsh), which is the highest mountain in Wales. It’s 1085m high and you have a choice of several hiking paths if you want to climb it.The Miners’ Track is the most popular one and starts at Pen-y-Pass on an altitude of 350. We only passed this place by car but the views from there are...more
For those who don't want or can't walk (or Climb) up Snowdon there is always the Option of the train.It was in 1869 that a new branch line of the London and North Western Railway opened bringing people from Caernarfon to Llanberis and the foot of Snowdon then the only way to reach the summit was to walk or take a donkey ride, A proposition was then...more
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Pen-y-Ceunant Tes House is situated in the beginning of the Llanberis path up on Snowdon, about a 5 minutes walk from the trail head. Coming back down from Snowdon I stopped here. The teahouse is situated in a cottage built around 1790 and in the first room you enter a big fire was lit in the fireplace. It looked very inviting. Unfortunately there...more
The Dolbadarn is a hotel in Llanberis, and one of its two bars is open to the public. We went in once after climbing Snowdon when we had a half hour wait for the bus home, after being enticed in by one of the locals sat outside who claimed it had the "best and cheapest beer in town". Well, I have no other experience for comparison but everywhere...more
Pete's Eats is open for breakfast lunch and dinner until 9pm and is centrally located in Llanberis. This place has become a bit of a centre and meeting place for walkers and climbers in the area, both because of the cheap hearty food and the map room on site.There's also cheap accommodation upstairs and shower facilities.more
Pete's Bistro on the High Street opened in the site of a very popular restaurant in July 2007. It's very popular with hikers and other tourists as well as some locals, being one of the few restaurant/bar type places in the village.The staff are really friendly and helpful and they serve a selection of mediterranean style tapas as well as wine and...more
A newly opened ice cream parlour on the High Street offering between 10 and 20 different flavours, as well as ice cream chocolates, individual ice cream puddings (such as apple cinammon crunch) and ice cream cakes (to be ordered in advance). Also does cakes and hot drinks. Very reasonable prices, very tasty and very big portions!more
From the tourist office I got the timetable for the local buses leaving Caernarfon, which was good to have as I was making daytrips to other places in northern Wales. Buses in Caernarfon all leave from Penllyn in the town centre. To Llanberies:Buses to Llanberies leave Caernarfon about every half an hour during Monday - Saturday, and less frequent...more
If you want fantastic view of Snowdonia, but can't be bothered to walk to the top like the ambitious hikers you'll no doubt pass on the High Street, then there is a much more sedate way of doing it.At the entrance to the village you'll find the Snowdon Mountain Railway. This takes you close to the summit of Mount Snowdon, the highest mountain in...more
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Llanberis is hardly a shopper's mecca, specialising as it does in tough mounatineering gear and tacky souvernirs. But it does have one or two hidden gems...
My favourite shop in Llanberis is Yr Odyn Copr, a narrow blue building on the High Street. At first it looks like a shop selling mountaineering books and local crafts (as it does), but at the back of the shop is a second-hand bookshop. It is one of the few book shops outside Bangor with an academic section with poetry, classics, travel, biographies, as well as popular fiction.
Nearby is The Snowdonia Honey Farm, a shop which sells home-made mead and fruit wines.
The socio-economic importance of slate to Wales is pretty hard to avoid. You'll see it used everywhere, in various artworks, on the roofs of houses and inscribed in the quarried landscapes.The Welsh economy of the 1800s was heavily dependent on the mining and processing of slate. It reached its heyday in the late 1800's when Welsh slate was being...more
Welsh is also one of the most widely spoken of the Celtic language group, the first language of people as far apart as Argentina and New Zealand. As a child visiting Wales I was always aware of the Welsh language, but mainly through the odd sounding names of the towns and villages that we passed through. While I knew that most people understood...more
The mountains of Snowdonia are not high in comparison with others in the world. It's easy to underestimate their danger.Welsh weather can change quickly. Slate and scree are slippery, even when it's not wet. It's easy to fall.If you're walking, dress sensibly; take waterproofs, and good shoes (I've seen women trying to get up Snowdon in strappy...more
Dim ysmygu! No smoking!Smoking in public buildings was banned in Wales from 2 April 2007 and the ban is enforced. Don't expect just because you're out in the sticks that it's ok to smoke in pubs or other buildings.Also be advised that if you're smoking outdoors, you should be binning your stubs - don't just throw them on the ground. Not only is it...more
If you've driven to Llanberis you'll need to make sure that you park in the one place for the duration of your afternoon there or that you'll be able to park on your hotel/B&B's premises.There are a few car parks across the village, near the different sites, but you will have to pay for all of these separately. The car park at the museum is £2.00...more
There is a privately owned parking area just opposite the train station that charges much more than the town area. It is worth walking that little distance.
Unique Suggestions: in the village is also a little old lady who has turned her garden into a tiny parking area and she is very cheap but you have to be lucky as she only has a few spaces.
The town parking area is also very good.
By coincidence the weekend of July I was in Llanberis was also the weekend of the Snowdon Race. Hundreds of people descend on the village to watch the race or take part themselves.
Taking place every year for the past 30 plus years, it basically does what it says on the tin. Several hundred people run a ten mile track up Mount Snowdon. This is one of the most challenging races in the world - but then when was running up a mountain an easy task?!
Basically I think the people who do this must be mad, but good luck to them. The village starts filling up quite early so be aware that you'll need to book accommodation in advance and if you're looking for a quiet day, then get out of town by about 11.00.
Whenever I think of Wales, a sheep is the first thing I think off. Always come in handy for keeping you warm on chilly nights in the tent, or equally nice with some mint sauce over a barbeque.......ONLY KIDDING!!! I'll have you know I donate to 3 different animal charities a month....more
Soon after passing under the track at Clogwyn station you will have a fine view of the path down and the Llanberis pass. The cwm here is known as the "Cwm of Hats"....when the trains were open carriages the wind would blow off travellers' hats and this cwm was a great place to find a hat!more