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Perth, Scotland, United Kingdom
December 7, 2009
From journal North Wales 2007
Warwick, United Kingdom
October 11, 2002
The route is spectacular as the train winds out of Porthmadog through Minffordd, Penrhyn, Tan-Y-Bwlch, Ddaullt, Tanygrisiau, and Glan-Y-Pwll before descending into Ffestiniog. The train passes waterfalls and lakes and some outstandingly beautiful mountainside.
Once in Ffestiniog, you can take a bus up to the Llechwedd Slate caverns, where you can take an electric tram into a mine or you can descend on the steepest passenger railway in Britain into the deep mine! This section is a totally awesome experience as you are guided around the mine and see the dreadful conditions the Victorian miners worked in. You will also see the vast underground lake, which is an eerie experience in the half light. This deep mine trip takes about 30 minutes. Back on the surface there is a museum and a victorian style pub with both food and drink available, after which you could take the bus back to the Ffestiniog train to return to Porthmadog.
This is my favorite day trip from Porthmadog and one I have done many times without ever tiring of it. It is also possible to buy tickets for the train and the slate mines in one which saves some money.
From journal The beauty of Wales
Todmorden, England, United Kingdom
June 10, 2002
It was started in the 1830s and converted to steam in the 1860s. Whether you think of the coastal section on the early part from Porthmadog, the woodland in the middle, or the mountainous part at the top, this is magnificent scenery.
The return journey is £14 for an adult or £11.20 for seniors.
From journal Lleyn Peninsula, Gwynedd