Out and about - A Glimpse into the Adventure...
is much more to running the Ffestiniog Railway than the trains themselves. It is abundant
with history, and it is important to preserve and care for these precious artefacts and
buildings. Join General Manager, Paul Lewin, and Heritage advocates Sam Miller and Iain
Wilkinson for a behind the scenes tour of some historical sites, buildings and views.
The tour starts in Boston Lodge top yard, which is about to undergo a ‘Time Team’ style
excavation prior to future building work. The train then takes you up to Coed y Bleddiau halt.
The famous little cottage now looks in a very sad state but its value has been recognised by
the Landmark Trust and we are proud to be working with them to restore what will become a
very desirable holiday home. Then it is on to Dduallt where there is time to have a picnic
and watch the trains go by, including a train taking the now dismantled ‘Welsh Pony’ to our
depot at Glan y Pwll near Blaenau Ffestiniog. On the return journey, there will be a stop at
Minffordd to discuss the Waggon Tracks project. This is a full day out and can be purchased
in conjunction with a rover ticket. An optional packed lunch is available.
Guided walk from Plas Tan y Bwlch
Plas Tan y Bwlch was believed to be the first house in North Wales to be lit by
electricity from its own hydro-electric source, completed in 1884. This was
generated by a form of Pelton wheel, fed from nearby Llyn Mair by means of a
pipeline to a small power house on the hillside immediately behind the main
house. In June 2013 a new hydro-scheme, costing £300,000, and similarly tapping
the water from Llyn Mair, was opened. The water falls 60m to a new turbine house
beside the main road.
Join Plas Tan y Bwlch Head of Business, Andrew Oughton, to learn more about this
fascinating project and the lessons learned from building it in such a sensitive
environment. Andrew will also take you through the wild flower meadow and show
you some of the rare species of trees as you walk to the house. You will be able
to see some of the beautiful gardens, and learn about the Oakley family and how
they shaped this valley.
The walk costs £3 per person. Meet Andrew in Tan-y-Bwlch Station’s car park at
1100 to start your walk, which should last approximately two hours. There will
be an opportunity for coffee and cakes at the Plas and for lunch at Tan-y-Bwlch
Café on your return.
Significant times and things to book:
A Glimpse into the Adventure:
4 day rover, plus:
Standard Adult/Concession - £30.00
Privilege Adult/Concession - £20.00
Optional Packed Lunch - £8.50
Must book in advance.
Plas Tan y Bwlch Guided Walk/Tour:
Given by Andrew Oughton
Starts from Tan y Bwlch Station at 1100
£3 per person flat rate
Takes in the Wildflower meadow, Llyn Mair and Hydro Scheme.
Suitable clothing and shoes required.
Booking in advance required through Port Booking Office.