In this, the last instalment of our travel log, We travel to London from Sheffield by train, spend the evening at Criterion Theatre.
take a coach and ferry tour of London, and visit Didcot Railway centre before heading back to Australia.
Our first stop in Wales was near Brecon - famous for the Brecon Beacons. I did my Duke of Edinburgh Silver hike in this range of mountains - in the snow!
From there we travelled north to visit the Vale of Rheidol Railway. We took the train to Aberystwyth and back, and then descended into Devil's Bridge Gorge to photograph the water falls.
From there, we went into the southern end of the Snowdonia National Park ending in Tywyn on the coast.
Porthmadog was our third stop in Wales.
There are three preserved narrow gauge railways at Porthmadog, two of them travel through the Snowdonia National Park with views of Snowdon.
The scenery is great and the two main railways offer a very enjoyable, and very relaxed way to see much of the beautiful Snowdonia National Park.
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Snowdon is the highest mountain in Wales, The summit is 1,085 metres above sea level. It is the highest point in the British Isles, outside the Scottish Highlands. It is also the only mountain in the UK with a railway to within meters of the summit.
The rack railway opened in 1896 and carries passengers 7.6 km from Llanberis to Summit station.
The falls are within waling distance from Llanberis - there are three main drops, and a number of cascades
The ruins of Dolbadarn Castle are situated in the 30 acre grounds of The Royal Victoria Hotel.
Our day in Totnes was very full, as we visited a number of interesting places.
We wandered round the old town and Castle, travelled on the South Devon (steam) railway, visited the Buckfastleigh Butterfly & Otter farm, took the train back to Totnes, and visited the Rare Breeds Farm.
That made for a busy day but it also meant lots of photographs of which just a few are shown here!
I hope this small sample gives you a good overview of what we saw.
The next stage of our Journey.
Devon and Cornwall, on the South-Western corner of England, are largely un-spoilt, despite a few hundred years of being a favourite holiday destination. Rugged cliffs, sandy beaches and wide open moors are the reason for their popularity.
After arriving at St Pancras International on Eurostar, we travelled to Maidstone, where we stayed with family.
We hired a car and drove to Margate to visit and elderly aunt, and then followed the coast to Romney Sands, where we had time with family and rode the Romney, Hythe, and Dymchurch Railway.
From there we travelled via Brighton, to Portsmouth where we took the ferry to the Isle of White to ride the Underground train.
After heading back to Portsmouth on the ferry, we drove to Reading where we returned our rent-a-car.
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