British Travel Journal

7 FOR THE TRAIN SPOTTER

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Jules Verne: You don't really need to be a train geek to enjoy the Tracks of the Welsh Dragon. This steam train journey will transport anyone back to the romantic Golden Age of travel, with

its traditiona­l Pullman carriages, hauled by the 61306 Mayflower locomotive. The first two

days of the four-day trip are spent chugging through the English, then the Welsh countrysid­e, departing from London. You can wistfully watch the country's most dramatic scenery drift past - including the Camarthens­hire Hills, the Brecon Beacons, The Black Mountains and the Lleyn Peninsula. Come the evening guests disembark to stay in a hotel – the first night in Shrewsbury, the remaining three in the ‘fantasy' Italianate village of Portmeirio­n, from where excursions take you to explore the spectacula­r Snowdonia area before

the homeward train journey. à vjv.com

 British Travel Journal top tip No need to climb Wales' highest peak – take the Snowdon

Railway to the summit.

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