Take ad­van­tage of Bri­tain’s his­toric rail­ways to en­joy beau­ti­ful land­scapes without brav­ing the el­e­ments

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This plucky lit­tle rack and pin­ion rail­way wind­ing 4.7 miles up Mount Snow­don takes the puff out of scal­ing Wales’s high­est peak – with diesel and steam ser­vices both set­ting off from Llan­beris sta­tion. On the way, the sin­gle car­riage climbs past gorges, rock for­ma­tions, tum­ble­down stone dwellings and fields dot­ted with sheep. It pro­vides a co­coon from the March moun­tain chill, es­pe­cially at Half­way sta­tion, from where you watch walk­ers on the track­side foot­path brav­ing the cold. Ev­ery­one is head­ing up­wards – and vis­i­tors have been able to buy a cup of tea on Snow­don’s top, the ul­ti­mate des­ti­na­tion, since the mid-19th cen­tury. Visit snow­don­rail­way.co.uk.


From Clog­wyn sta­tion, 45 min­utes and three-quar­ters of the way up, you can en­joy dra­matic views of Snow­do­nia Na­tional Park in all its emer­ald spring fin­ery.

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