Out and about - A Glimpse into the Adventure...

There 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.