Travelled: 74 kilometres from Blaenau Ffestiniog to Nant Gwynant, Wales
Visited: The Slate Mines at Blaenau Ffestiniog £10pp and the Snowdon Mountain Railway £29pp
Stayed: Lookout carpark at Nant Gwynant, free just off the A498. N53.06782, W04.00445 . (fabulous views)
We don’t normally stay in truck stops, but we just couldn’t find anything else. We parked next to the only other vehicle a HGV. We wake in the morning about 5.30 as he starts up. There is still only the two of us. He departs about 6am and I think thanks for not leaving at 3am.
A full touristy day today. Pam has booked us in for the 10am tour of the slate mines, why so early you may ask ? Because the 10am tour is half price. Long time readers and our children know Pam loves a bargain. We are down at the slate mine early to have breakfast in the carpark before putting on something warm and some boots. I have been down mines before and are yet to see a dry mine. Especially as Blaenau Ffestiniog has the highest rainfall of any town in Wales. You may wish to note that piece of trivia for your next apperance on ‘who wants to be a millionaire’.
Back on he surface we have some time to kill and the area around Blaenau Ffestiniog has many paths winding through the National Park. Yesterday we were chatting with a local who told us about a walk that starts just a mile north of town. Apparently it leads around a mountain to an old railway ventilation shaft, he talked about the wonderful views across the valley. After a coffee in the parking area we don the boots and head off.
Time to hit the road again, we have tickets for the 5pm departure of the Snowden Mountain Railway in Llanberis about 40 miles away. We arrive with half an hour to park-n-pay the Hymer and make our way to the train.
Anyway its been a long day it’s 7.30pm by the time we are back in the Hymer and we need an overnight stop. We passed a lookout carpark that looked a likely candidate about 15 minutes back, so we’ll give it a go.