Porthmadog was our second of three stops within/around the Snowdonia National Park in North Wales.
All three stops had railways, but Porthmadog is unique in that it has three – The Welsh Highland Railway (WHR), the Ffestiniog Railway (FR), and the very small Welsh Highland Heritage Railway (WHHR).
The WHR and the FR travel across the Welsh Highlands and the Snowdonia National Park. The WHR is the longest and runs to Caernarfon and back where we visited the famous Caernarfon Castle where Prince Charles was inducted as Prince of Wales.
The FR runs to the historic mining town of Blaenau Ffestiniog high in the Welsh mountains.
On both journeys, the scenery was fantastic, as was the weather, most of the time – but, as can be seen from some of the photos, the cloud can roll in quite suddenly and give a completely different atmosphere to the landscape. We had some good views of the summit of Snowdon which can be quite a rare occurrence, so we were very fortunate. The railways are a very leisurely way to enjoy such wonderful Welsh scenery.
I have tried to give a fair representation of our two days in Porthmadog, without dwelling too much on the railways, and I hope you enjoy the photos as much as we enjoyed the days.
Till next time,