Tracks of The Welsh Dragon
Delight in The Golden Age of Travel on a steam journey, hauled by 61306 Mayflower, discovering some of Britain’s stunningly beautiful rail journeys
Compact but geologically diverse, Wales has an enormous amount to offer from its wonderful castles that are an inescapable part of the Welsh landscape, to its fine peaks and beaches. The country and coast are hosts to a mix of historic sites, World Heritage fortresses which form links in the medieval ‘iron chain’ built by Edward I, slate quarries, Celtic shrines and cultural centres, as well as inspirational landscapes and a living Welsh language.
The Snowdonia Mountains and Coast make up Snowdonia National Park, Llŷn Peninsula, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This is around 200 miles of coastline to explore, taking you from the mountains to the beach in one day. The culture and identity of Snowdonia is influenced by myths, legends, folklore and magic, associated with almost every lake, hill, mountain and village. The Welsh tradition of storytelling has ensured that these rich and varied tales remain as vibrant as ever, with the most famous of all, a series of medieval stories of the Arthurian age, detailing encounters between the mortal and underworlds, known collectively as the Mabinogion. The unique fantasy village of Portmeirion, where Italy meets North Wales, was the vision of one man – architect Sir Clough Williams-Ellis, be amazed by its many beautiful houses and gardens and whilst there indulge in your passion for all thing rail, with visits to some of the great little railways of North Wales.
The typically Welsh word; 'hiraeth' refers to a sense of longing for the green, green grass of home. So once visited you too may sense a feeling of hiraeth when you leave, only to be sated when you return
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Weather & Climate
The weather in Wales is at its best during the summer months (June-August), when the days are longer and warmer. Weather at the peaks can be quite variable and unpredictable.
When to go
There is never a bad time to visit as each season has its own benefits.
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