Plas Celyn to Porthmadog without the car

A short walk from Plas Celyn and you have a direct rail link to the largest Heritage railway in Britain.

Llanrwst North Station

We  tried out the route for you: A 20 min flat walk to Llanrwst North to meet the Conwy Valley Line. This is an Arriva Trains and community service that links from Llandudno and Llandudno Junction mainline rail stations via Trefriw and Betws-y Coed right up to Blaenau Ffestiniog, where you can cross the platform to join the world famous Ffestiniog Heritage Railway down to Porthmadog. A selection of food and drink is available on board, and you can even upgrade to First class.

There’s plenty of time to have lunch in Portmadog, or you could take the Welsh Highland Railway along the Aberglaslyn pass to Caernarfon, if your passion for steam is not satisfied already. Sadly Dr Beeching denied us the pleasure of a full loop back via Bangor/ Llandudno, though this might just be possible with a bus link Caernarfon to Bangor; I will update the blog after I’ve scoured some timetables.

We had a pint or two at the Australia Pub ( one of only a handful of pubs run by the consortium of local brewers) and picked up some delicious looking cake from the inviting Big Rock Cafe.

We caught the 1545 back to Blaenau, where the Arriva train kindly waits for the connection (Both services wait for each other as they realise customers might try to connect !)




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