A trip on an historic steam train through stunning Snowdonia will be the perfect day out this spring
Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways have revealed some exciting new rail journeys for 2021, which offer visitors something a little bit different. The Woodland Wanderer, Mountain Prince, Gelert Explorer and Glaslyn Venturer all commence when the railway reopens on the 1st May.
Woodland Wanderer (pictured above) is a heritage style service from the Harbour Station in the coastal town of Porthmadog to the beautiful Tan-y-Bwlch Station. Trains will be recreated from the 1960s, using carefully restored vintage carriages. This is a great trip for families and those with dogs, as there's a one-hour break for a scenic woodland walk and refreshments at the tearooms at Tan-y-Bwlch.
Mountain Prince is an extended version of the Woodland Wanderer where customers travel up to Dduallt Station and around in a complete spiral above the station, with fantastic views and a chance to find out more about The Deviation, a huge project to reroute the railway in the 1970s. The service will stop at Tan-y-Bwlch on the return, where customers can enjoy refreshments.
Gelert Explorer is Welsh Highland Railway’s service from Caernarfon to Beddgelert, complete with a hamper service and plenty of time to explore the picturesque village. This is a complete day out and a brilliant opportunity to sit back, relax and enjoy the views as you travel through Snowdonia National Park. If you’re feeling extravagant, you can upgrade and pamper yourself with the Gelert Gold service with first-class Pullman seating and luxury hampers.
Glaslyn Venturer is an alternative Welsh Highland Railway service which will begin running later in the year on the southern end of the line, from Porthmadog to the beautiful village of Beddgelert. This journey will also offer a hamper service and guests will have time to explore Beddgelert at a layover.
All services run in accordance with current Government guidelines and the railway has ‘Good to Go’ accreditation, which means the railway follows Government and industry COVID-19 guidelines and has a process in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing.
Full information on these new services can be found at www.festrail.co.uk