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Ffstiniog Railway
Black Rock Sands
zip world caverns
Criccieth Castle
LLAMA TREKS
Surf Snowdonia
No. 6 festival 2016 BROCHURE


What Bring's You To Wales?

Touring In WalesWales is a place of natural drama, from the country’s beaches to walking its mountain ranges. The nation’s history is told through its ancient monuments and museums. While the bold 21st century Wales is there for everyone to enjoy on a short break in one of Wales’ cities to explore or getting active in this wonderful natural playground. Garreg Goch is situated in Porthmadog, is the base from which to explore all of Snowdonia; it is the gateway to the country’s most breathtaking National Park covering 840 square miles with its purple tipped mountains and forests.

From whichever direction the town is approached you cannot fail to be impressed by the town’s stunning setting. It is dominated on one side by a mountain known as ‘Moel y Gest' 262 metres above the town. To the North and East the wide expanse of the Glaslyn estuary, renowned as a haven for migrating birds and wildlife extends dramatically towards the Snowdon range.

Porthmadog is a bustling town, full of individual shops and places to eat. It has a strong and proud heritage, culture and community. The Welsh language is a key part of its identity, commonly spoken here and its people are particularly warm and friendly.

In this once great seaport, rich in maritime history and the home of the Ffestiniog Railway, you are ideally placed for visiting all of the main tourist attractions of Snowdonia on days out. With all the majesty of Snowdonia as a backdrop and a coastline with beaches second to none, you couldn't find a more attractive spot for a holiday.

Almost whatever you want from a holiday is available within easy reach of Porthmadog. Steam Railway buffs just love the place not only because of the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways. Jump on a train at either end of the town, enjoy the mountain scenery and talk endlessly of Fat Controllers, Thomas the Tank Engine and just everything there is to know about steam.

Travelling from the south, you enter into the town along the famous 'Cob', built to form the deep harbour from where great sailing ships carried around the world slate mined in Blaenau Ffestiniog. The Cob also carries the railway initially built to carry the slate from the quarries to the harbour.

GPS Coordinates for your Sat Nav: Latitude: 52.91298° Longitude: -4.16923°

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Ffestiniog Railway

Ffestiniog Railway

Black Rock SandsEstablished by an Act of Parliament way back in 1832, the Ffestiniog Railway is truly a 'Great Little Railway' and is the oldest independent railway company in the World today. In May 2007 the Ffesiniog Railway proudly celebrated the 175th Anniversary of the grounding of the line.

Originally built to serve the slate industry of Blaenau Ffestiniog, the line used to be operated by gravity. Wagons laden with slate, rumbled down the hillside, kept under control by intrepid brakemen who leapt from wagon to wagon tightening or loosening the brakes while their colleague on the front wagon blew his horn to warn others of its passage. Steam locomotives were introduced in the 1860s and today, some of those same little engines haul carriages of holidaymakers through the stunning scenery of the Snowdonia National Park.

Blaenau Ffestiniog, at the head of the valley still bears the scars of its industrial past with slate tips all around. One of these quarries is open to the public and makes and interesting addition to your day out. Porthmadog's Harbour Station, the headquarters of the railway, is where most trains start and finish.

Harbour Station Porthmadog Gwynedd LL49 9NF 01766 516000

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LLAMA TREKS

LLAMA TREKS

LLAMA TREKS North WalesLead one of our friendly llamas on a fascinating trail in beautiful Snowdonia. Learn all about these calm and gentle animals from your experienced guide as you handle, feed and walk with your llamas. A range of treks available to suit all needs. Wear suitable outdoor clothing. Access to local amenities and facilities. Available all year round. Contact us for group rates and any special requests.





Half day treks include:

Introductory talk about these wonderful animals
Demonstration and training in how to handle and lead your llama
A leisurely walk taking in stunning views, rivers and forest scenery
Lots of photo opportunities
Minimum age 14 yrs

www.blackrockllamas.co.uk
Tyn Y Dref, Morfa Bychan, Porthmadog LL49 9UT

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Black Rock Sands

Black Rock Sands

Even though the name suggests a dark beach, you won’t see much in the way of blackness. Black Rock Sands is an open, wide beach with fine sands. The name comes from the area to the west of the beach dominated by a large, multi-coloured headland rock, low-tide caves and rock pools, an area rich in marine life. Natural history is also a feature of the local sand dunes, which have been declared a ‘Site of Special Scientific Interest’. Unusually, you can drive onto the beach here – so it’s a popular spot not just for picnickers and sandcastle builders, but also for motor boats and water bikes which have a special zone designated for their use.

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Zip World Caverns

Zip World won international acclaim when it opened Zip World Velocity at Bethesda in March 2013. It includes a pair of zip lines a mile long, where riders can exceed 100mph, 500ft high and experience the nearest thing to flying. Zip World Titan opened in June 2014 at Llechwedd Slate Caverns, near the historic slate mining town of Blaenau Ffestiniog. This is the first 4 person zip line in Europe and the combination of Velocity and Titan makes North Wales the zip line capital of the world. Bounce Below, Junior Bounce and Zip World Caverns, three incredible underground adventures, are also located at Llechwedd Slate Caverns. 2016 brings an additional Zip World location to the map with the acquisition of Tree Top Adventure, now to be known as Zip World Fforest. With more adventures in the pipeline, Zip World is most definitely the ultimate destination for the Year of Adventure.

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Criccieth Castle

Criccieth Castle

Perched on a headland with the sea as its constant bedfellow. Its twin-towered gatehouse intimidates prospective attackers. So badly did the native Welsh princes and English monarchs want it, that it changed hands more often than a relay baton. Built originally by Llywelyn the Great, this very Welsh of princes included a very English style of gatehouse. Edward I’s forces took the castle some 50 years later, undertook their own improvements and remodelled a tower for stone-throwing engines. Not as much fun for those at the bottom as it sounds for those at the top! Owain Glyn Dŵr sealed Criccieth’s fate when his troops captured and burnt the castle in the early years of the 15th century. This was to be the last major Welsh rebellion against the English. Criccieth Castle may also have given the name to the town rather than the other way round. Its suggested origins are ‘crug caeth’ – ‘crug’ (hill in Welsh), ‘caith’ (captives) – the name given to the jail on the hill, a function once held by the castle. Buy an ice-cream, there’s a lot of history to digest.

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Surf Snowdonia

At the Surf Snowdonia Surf Academy we’re experts at teaching a broad spectrum of abilities, so whether it’s your first time on a board or you’re an experienced surfer, we can help you to get the most out of your time on the water. Our team of friendly and professional surf coaches is led by former British Junior Team coach and multiple Welsh and British champion, Jo Dennison. Highly qualified, experienced and eminently approachable, Jo’s team will help you to progress to the next level – and beyond – with a smile on your face.

Because our waves are generated at the push of the button, there’s no hanging around waiting for the swell to be just right. We’re always ready to go when you are! Our lessons are 90 minutes long, which includes a land-based pre-surf briefing. Board hire is included in the cost of all beginner, improver and intermediate lessons. If you’re an advanced surfer you can either bring your own board or hire from us. We group our lessons by age and ability.

We have a full size range of wetsuits available for hire for £5 per day.

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No. 6 Festival

At the Surf Snowdonia Surf Academy we’re experts at teaching a broad spectrum of abilities, so whether it’s your first time on a board or you’re an experienced surfer, we can help you to get the most out of your time on the water. Our team of friendly and professional surf coaches is led by former British Junior Team coach and multiple Welsh and British champion, Jo Dennison. Highly qualified, experienced and eminently approachable, Jo’s team will help you to progress to the next level – and beyond – with a smile on your face.

Because our waves are generated at the push of the button, there’s no hanging around waiting for the swell to be just right. We’re always ready to go when you are! Our lessons are 90 minutes long, which includes a land-based pre-surf briefing. Board hire is included in the cost of all beginner, improver and intermediate lessons. If you’re an advanced surfer you can either bring your own board or hire from us. We group our lessons by age and ability.

We have a full size range of wetsuits available for hire for £5 per day.

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