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The Nant Gwernol Trailways

Nant Gwernol Station

Nant Gwernol is a rocky river gorge high above the Talyllyn Valley and offers a couple of walks steeped in the history of the Welsh slate industry. The Cascade Trail is a one mile circular walk starting at the Nant Gwernol Station which follows the riverside and offers picturesque views of a series of falls and the surrounding forest.
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Dolgoch Falls

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 – Talyllyn Railway – Day Two

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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