There's a handful of railway trips that make for wonderful UK experiences, from the Fort William to Mallaig line in the Scottish Highlands to Yorkshire’s Pickering to Whitby route, but the Mount Snowdon train in Wales is one you should really have on your list.
The Snowdon Mountain Railway is a cut above the rest and allows you to take the train up Snowdon for incredible views. Since 1896 it’s been lifting passengers 1,085 metres above sea level, for a relaxing ride up to England and Wales’ highest peak.
Departing from Llanberis, the Snowdon train push carriages across Victorian viaducts, passing over the beautiful Afon Hwch river, where you’ll spot the Ceunant Mawr Waterfall plunging into the gorge below.
Your first glimpse of Snowdon’s distant summit comes next, as you emerge into open plains, when you’ll witness it poking above the mountain ridge to your right. On either side are the remains of stone cottages that once housed the farming families who worked the land here.
Keep an eye out for some of Snowdonia’s incredible plant and wildlife, too. Alpine meadow-grass, Alpine saxifrage, Alpine woodsia and Alpine cinquefoil are all native to the area, as well as birds and mammals like the peregrine falcon, meadow pipit, ravens, goats, otters and polecats.
Climbing higher, the views become even more breathtaking. As you reach Halfway Station, you'll see walkers down on the Llanberis Path to the right and the mountain Moel Cynghorion rising on the far side of the valley.
People and cars become remote specks of the vast Rocky Valley, where the dramatic landscape is littered with rocks and you’ll approach Clogwyn Station, which overlooks Llanberis Pass and Clogwyn Du’r Arddu cliffs.
From the summit of Mount Snowdon, you can expect one of the UK’s most incredible views and on a clear day, you might even see as far as Ireland!
Book your place on a tour of Wales’ spectacular countryside travelling by heritage rail, including the Snowdon Mountain Railway, with departures in April and October 2023.
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