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How accessible is Snowdonia for that holiday break?

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How difficult is it to go on holiday without the car? Perhaps, you don’t drive or live in a city where everything you need is close to hand and don’t need access to a car. What happens when holiday time comes around and you need to get to the other side of the country and what do you do when you get there?
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Dolgoch Falls

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Dolgoch Falls

Dolgoch Falls are three waterfalls forming part of the Nant Dol-góch stream, a source for the River Fathew, and are just 4-miles from the beaches of Tywyn and the Trem Enlli Self-Catering Apartment.

The waterfalls provide the backdrop to a popular walk of no more than one mile and there is plenty of space for children to run around without getting into too much mischief. There are caves and tunnels to explore as well. Take a picnic and a towel as there are delightful pools at the top of the falls to cool your feet. However, if you are visiting with children, keep a watchful eye for any meddling water-loving fairies as many have been caught in the act of carrying-off unguarded children.

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Snowdonia Car-free Holiday – Tywyn/Aberdyfi Beach Walk – Day Five

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Tywyn-Aberdyfi Beach Walk

In the first blog in this series, we got you to Tywyn. In the second, we visited the historic Harlech Castle. In the third, we spent a day with the Talyllyn Railway and in the fourth, we visited the mysterious Portmeirion village and gardens. Our penultimate blog saw us visit the Centre for Alternative Technology. In this final blog, we are going on a beach-walk to Aberdyfi.

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Snowdonia Car-free Holiday – Portmeirion – Day Three

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Portmeirion

Portmeirion is a unique Italianette-styled village surrounded by 70 acres of woodland scattered with easy to follow trails and coastal walks. Built by the Welsh architect Clough Williams-Ellis between the years 1925 and 1976 it now attracts over ¼ million visitors every year and is probably most famous as the location for the cult 1960s television show ‘The Prisoner’.

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Snowdonia Car-free Holiday – Talyllyn Railway – Day Two

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Talyllyn Railway

Talyllyn Railway is a narrow-gauge line built in the 1860s to carry slate from Bryn Eglwys quarries, near Abergynolwyn, and winds through 7¼ miles of the beautiful Fathew valley at a sedate 9 miles per hour.

At its peak, Bryn Eglwys employed over 300 men and produced 300,000 tons of slate before the quarry was closed because of a serious collapse in 1946. The railway struggled on for a few more loss-making years until the line’s owner, Sir Henry Haydn Jones, died in 1950. The railways’ future was bleak and under serious threat of closure. It was saved by a collaboration between a group of railway enthusiasts, led by writer and engineer L.T.C. Rolt, and Lady Haydn Jones, who together formed the world’s first railway preservation society – the Talyllyn Railway Preservation Society.

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Snowdonia Car-free Holiday – Harlech Castle – Day One

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Harlech Castle

If you are planning a holiday in Snowdonia, then you really must find time to visit one of our historic castles. Harlech Castle is a world heritage site which towers above Cardigan Bay atop a spur of rock. The castle was built by Edward I in the 13th century as part of his formidable ‘iron ring’ of fortresses designed to keep a watchful eye over the troublesome Welsh. The other iron ring castles, at Conwy, Caernarfon, and Beaumaris, are within a day’s marching distance of each other and can be similarly supplied from the sea.

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Snowdonia Car-free Holiday – Getting to Tywyn by Rail

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Tywyn Station

People holiday in Snowdonia because of the breath-taking scenery, the Blue Flag beaches, the abundance of places to visit, and the huge range of activities we offer to enjoy the Great Outdoors. We have 200 miles of coastline, over 150 places to visit – including word-class castles and museums – and offer every activity from angling to Europe’s longest zip wire ride. We’re not known as the UK’s activity capital for nothing!

Snowdonia is the perfect location for any family holiday, romantic getaway or weekend retreat. But how accessible are we? What if you don’t have access to a car or don’t want to fight with the roaring traffic? What are your options?

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