Snowdon Mountain Railway – on tracks to the top of Wales

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A ram having breakfast on top of Mount Snowdon in North Wales

As a lover of trains and Wales, I wasn’t going to miss out on a trip with the Snowdon Mountain Railway, as I travelled around North Wales. A railway that takes you from the lovely town of Llanberis within the Snowdonia National Park, to the summit of the highest mountain in Wales (and England) – Mount Snowdon, reaching a hight of 1085 meters.

This route (and alternative routes) is very popular among adventurous hikers, and I would love to take on the mountain by foot one day too, but this time around I opted for the easy and comfortable option of ascending the mountain on tracks. A journey that takes around two and a half hours and can be done at different times during the day – but if you want to save some pounds (like I did), you should choose the “Early bird” offer that leaves 9am, but remember to book it online in advance.

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The landscape gets more and more dramatic as you ascend Mount Snowdon

Be sure to make it to the little station in Llanberis in good time too, and be aware that the experience you will have is naturally depending on more or less clear weather, which unfortunately can be very difficult to plan for – even if checking the weather forecast frequently. I was really lucky on my journey, as the weather cleared on my way up – which increasingly offers more and more spectacular views, as well as you can see many sheep grazing along the tracks.

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The Snowdon Mountain Railway making its way to the top of Wales

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Inside the carriage of the Snowdon Mountain Railway

My journey was made on the diesel train, but you can pay a bit more for the Heritage Steam Experience and travel up like it’s been done since the opening of the route in 1896. The route is the same for both types of trains though, and at the summit you will reach a small visitor centre where you can grab a bite or a coffe, but don’t waste too much time inside. Because you will have around half an hour to take in the stunning views up here (unless you want to walk back down) – where you will see the tired hikers fighting their way up the last steps.

SEE ALSO: Travel by stream to Devil’s Bridge with the Vale of Rheidol Railway

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The visitor centre at the station on Mount Snowdon in Wales

I have recently experienced some amazing panoramic views in the alps of Switzerland, but still I was blown away by the views up there on Mount Snowdon, where I was lucky to “shoot” a few sheep grazing, as they seemed relatively undisturbed by us visitors arriving.

Check the railways website for times, prices and more info.

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A ram shaking off mist at the top of Mount Snowdon

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The view from “the roof of Wales”

This train journey was a part of my EPIC TRAIN TOUR OF WALES

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By Brian Schæfer Dreyer