2021 Wales

11. Llangollen

Llangollen – Al goes international

Friday 20th and Saturday 21st August 2021 Although retirement allows us the freedom to plan for our journeys to take place outside school holidays, the restrictions imposed by the pandemic made us eager to travel this summer and enjoy a view across pastures new. Having arranged a trip to Ffestiniog with friends, the drive to […]

13. Caenarfon

Caernarfon-the UNESCO site of the Princes of Wales

Sunday 22nd August 2021 The royal town of Caernarfon lies opposite the Isle of Anglesey in north Wales on the eastern shore of the Menai Straits with Snowdonia rising to the east and south-east. Prince Charles was invested as the Prince of Wales here in 1969. Due to continuing restrictions we had pre-booked a number […]

14. Ffestiniog Railway

Ffestiniog Railway and Portmeirion

Monday 23rd August 2021 It seems that some people feel [mistakenly] that there is such a thing as too many steam trains in one week and our group had therefore opted to follow their divergent interests with Liz and Martin heading off for a serious walk whilst Robert and Matilda went in search of locomotives. […]

15. Welsh Highland Railway

All aboard the Glaslyn Venturer on the Welsh Highland Railway

Tuesday 24th August 2021 Liz and Martin again gave us a lift to Porthmadog but this time they were joining us on the 10:15 Glaslyn Venturer from Porthmadog to Beddgelert.  This time there was no need to position Matilda as gatekeeper of the carriage as we had pre-booked a premium spot in one of two […]

16. Llanberis

Llanberis Lake Railway and National Slate Museum

Wednesday 25th August 2021 Allow us to preface this post with an apology. Those of you who are keen followers may notice that the videos here feature the sister site, Robert on the Rails’ logo. Robert tells Matilda this was a genuine administrative error and not a blatant attempt to promote across the two sites. […]

17. Bala

On the shores of Lake Bala

Thursday 26th August 2021 As always on these historic railways, the steam engines on the Bala Lake Railway are lovingly restored and cared for with gleaming paintwork and highly polished copper domes. The track was built 150 years ago but was re-opened for passengers in 1972 and follows the shoreline of Llyn Tegid, or Lake […]