Country Living (UK)
ON THE RIGHT TRACK
Take advantage of Britain’s historic railways to enjoy beautiful landscapes without braving the elements
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.