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Walks from the Great Little Trains of Wales

Walks from the Great Little Trains of Wales

by: David and Catherine Wightman
Quiet valleys in the sunshine, sheep grazing on the valley floor and the slopes above, and the idyllic silence broken only by the whistle of a steam engine and the rattle of old coaches coming down the line. These are sights and sounds which have always been a fundamental part of the authors' holidays in Wales.

But there is so much more to the Welsh countryside than the preserved steam trains that run through it. The Welsh landscape is one which has been used for different purposes for many centuries. Although today we see mostly grazing land, slate, copper, manganese and even gold mining all have left their mark on the countryside. And the preserved railways are usually where they are precisely because of the industrial heritage of the landscape. Valleys which are quiet and rural today were bustling centres of Victorian industry 150 years ago.

The book contains 20 walks which have been designed to start and end at a railway station on one of the preserved steam railways in North and Mid Wales, so they can be combined with a ride on one of the railways. The railways included are: Ffestiniog; Welsh Highland; Welsg Highland Heritage; Bala Lake; Fairbourne; Talyllyn; Vale of Rheidol and Welshpool and Llanfair. Each walk has an overview summary and start location information. Detailed route finding instructions include a sketch map.

The walk locations are:
Welsh Highland Railway
Snowdon - 7 miles
Beddgelert to Cwm Bychan and Llyn Dinas - 4.75 miles
Portmeirion Headland - 3.5 miles
Ffestiniog Railway
Ddualt Station and Golygfan Viewpoint - 3.5 miles
Llyn Stwlan - 5 miles
Vale of Ffestiniog and Rhyd y Sarn - 5.5 miles
Bala Lake Railway
Above Bala Lake - 2.5 miles
Hills and Forests above Bala Lake - 6 miles
Cefn Gwyn from Llangower Halt - 3.5 miles
Fairbourne Railway
Fegla Fawr - 5 miles
Blue Lake - 2.5 miles
Hills above Barmouth - 2 miles
Talyllyn Railway
Dolgoch Falls Station to Bird's Rock - 5.5 miles
Castell y Bere from Nant Gwernol Station - 5.5 miles
Nant Briach-y-Rhiw - 2.25 miles
Welshpool and Llanfair Railway
Above Llanfair Caereinion - 3 miles
Montgomery Canal - 5 miles
Vale of Rheidol Railway
Aberystwyth Castle and Penglais Fach - 4 miles
Aberystwyth Harbour - 2.5 miles
Vale of Rheidol - 5 miles

ISBN 9781908748065 Pages 41 (2013) 148mm x 210mm

Price: 4.95