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Southern Snowdonia on your Bike! (Day 2)

Complete your journey from the stunning Mawddach estuary and head back up into northern Snowdonia.

MorningMorning

Wake up ready to enjoy some of the best views in Wales on board the Cambrian Coast train heading up to Porthmadog. Depending on where you decided to stay, the train leaves Tywyn at 09.29, Llwyngwril 09.39, Fairbourne 09.48, Morfa Mawddach (station for Arthog) 09.49, Barmouth 10.01 and Llanaber at 10.04. Llwyngwril, Morfa Mawddach and Llanaber are request stops - indicate to the driver that you wish the train to stop! You will reach the harbour town of Porthmadog which is famous for its heritage steam railways at 10.51; turn right out of the station to walk to the town.
Porthmadog

Porthmadog

Porthmadog is a busy coastal town (population around 4,200) with a harbour, a good range of shops and attractions (including nearby Portmeirion) and no less than three narrow-gauge railways.
 

LunchLunch

Porthmadog has many cafes in the town to grab some lunch including Spooner’s at the Ffestiniog Railway’s station.
 

AfternoonAfternoon

If you are yet to experience the Ffestiniog Steam Railway then we recommend you give it a go. It will take you straight back to Blaenau Ffestiniog through some cracking scenery! The Ffestiniog’s station is at the other end of the town from the National Rail station and your train leaves at 13.35 (this runs from 26 March to 2 November); arrival at Blaenau Ffestiniog is at 14.45.

What's that I hear you say? Been there, done that, got the T shirt. That's fine, there is a regular bus service which can take you back up to Blaenau Ffestiniog as an alternative. The Service 1B buses leave Porthmadog every hour from 12.45 to 17.45 (with one exception - 14.35 instead of 14.45) with a journey time of about 30 minutes.

What's that I hear you say? Been there, done that, got the T shirt. That's fine, there is a regular bus service which can take you back up to Blaenau Ffestiniog as an alternative. The Service 1B buses leave Porthmadog every hour from 12.45 to 17.45 (with one exception - 14.35 instead of 14.45) with a journey time of about 30 minutes.
Ffestiniog Railway

Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways

The Ffestiniog Railway is the oldest independent railway company in the world, established in 1832.
 
 

Details of PorthmadogPorthmadog

Porthmadog is a busy coastal town (population around 4,200) with a harbour, a good range of shops and attractions (including nearby Portmeirion) and no less than three narrow-gauge railways - the Ffestiniog (running to Blaenau Ffestiniog), the shorter Welsh Highland Heritage (with its excellent hands-on railway museum) and the similarly named but separate Welsh Highland (running all the way to Caernarfon).

Trains were not the only mode of transport in Porthmadog’s history as an important hub based on the slate industry. The town’s Maritime Museum tells the story of the town’s rapid 19th-century growth into a thriving slate exporting and shipbuilding port for handsome three-masted schooners.

Porthmadog came into existence after The Cob sea wall was built in 1811 to reclaim a large proportion of the beach from the sea for agricultural use. The diversion of the river caused it to scour out a new natural harbour deep enough draught for small ocean-going sailing ships. The first public wharves were built in 1825 and slate was carted from Ffestiniog down to the quays by river boats for transfer to seagoing vessels.

In the second half of the 19th century Porthmadog was a flourishing port and slate was now transported to by tramways and the Ffestiniog Railway and by 1873 over 116,000 tons were exported in more than a thousand ships. Porthmadog's role as a commercial port, already reduced by the opening of the Aberystwyth and Welsh Coast Railway in 1867, was effectively ended by the First World War, when the lucrative German market for slate disappeared. The 19th century wharves still survive, but the slate warehouses have been replaced by holiday apartments, and the harbour is used by leisure yachts.

Contact

Porthmadog Tourist Information Centre
Tel: 01766 512981

View the Porthmadog websitewww.showmewales.co.uk/destination/Anglesey-North-Wales-Coast-UK.aspx
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Venue

Porthmadog

Porthmadog, Gwynedd, LL49 9AD

LL49 9ADwww.showmewales.co.uk/destination/Anglesey-North-Wales-Coast-UK.aspx

Map reference: SH 566388
     Lat: 52.92811  Long: -4.13337
West on the A487 through Penrhyndeudraeth and straight on at the roundabout (signed for Porthmadog).

Parking : with charge

Public Transport : 1 mile from Porthmadog station

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