South Snowdonia

by David Allen October. 13, 2018 223 views

The national park covers a wide area with fine estuaries and more mountains. On Wednesday I made a sentimental journey to places I knew well as a child.

First stop was the Talyllyn Railway. The first and oldest restored railway in the world. The line runs up the sides of a valley to where there were once slate quarries.

The diminutive narrow gauge locomotives date from the early 20th and late 19th century. This one was built in 1921 and originally worked on the Corris railway. In the left of the picture there is the inclined plane down which the slate would have been brought from the quarry to the railhead.

From Tywyn where the railway is based I went on to Llwyngwril a pretty and popular village where my family had seaside holidays. These days it is famous for the wool creations that adorn many gates and fences. The gate featured is to an early Quaker burial ground.

From there on to Morfa Mawddach.

Walking the old bridge across the estuary had been on my to do list for many years. I was lucky that a train crossed at just the right moment.

Looking South.

Looking South.

Barmouth Beach and Harbour.

Barmouth Beach and Harbour.

Tirau Mawr and Cader Idris.

Tirau Mawr and Cader Idris.

The day had been warm and with cloudless blue skies I had hoped for a better sunset but these pictures of Barmouth Beach through the bridge, the Cader Idris range and the salt marsh on the Mawddach estuary worked.

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Incredible beautiful pictures!
#6, #7, #9, #10 - breathtaking light, perspectives and landscapes.
#1 - this funny little "Edward Thomas" is adorable!

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David Allen Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 1 year ago

Thanks Sigrid it was a very special day out. Rather sentimental as well, we used to have holidays there when I was 60 years younger! I feel foolish for not going more frequently as it is so beautiful and it only took 90 minutes to drive home.
The Mawddach estuary is one of the most beautiful places in the UK.

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to David Allen 1 year ago

Same problem here - sometimes we miss opportunities. I checked this region out - BEAUTIFUL. We definitely should plan one, or two or more holidays ... Especially since I saw via Google maps some interesting - hidden beneath the surface - archaeological landmarks too.

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David Allen Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 1 year ago

North Wales is both very beautiful and full of history and great historical remains. Old houses, great castles, Neolithic remains. There is something for all interests, if the weather is good there are great places for family holidays. Some of the resorts are best missed but others are lovely.

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