Visit the highest mountain in the UK outside of Scotland and take in the glorious pure air and stunning scenery – no climbing required as Britain’s only rack-and-pinion railway does the hard work for you and takes you all the way up the mountain!
Snowdon has long been the scene of human exploitation, for minerals and tourism and this has not been without cost to the landscape. The summit has been home to two hotels and a visitor centre with cafe that have had some of the worst reviews possible. Happily, with their demolition and the building of a brand new visitor centre the summit is once again a place to savour and enjoy.
Snowdon Mountain Railway
The uncoupled engine pushes the carriage up the mountain giving its passengers more and more astonishing views. Snaefell on the Isle of Man and Ireland’s Wicklow Mountains are two of many highlights of this fabulous emerging panorama. The summit station is the highest in Britain and at 1065m its just a short walk from the summit.
It’s All Downhill
Having breathed in the glorious air, explored the Visitor Centre and admired the spectacular scenery once more it’s time to make your way down the mountain. The Llanberis Path is the recommended route down for families and has no real steep inclines – there’s a cafe at the half way point to so you can all stop for refreshments!
Flora and Fauna
Snowdon Mountain offers the chance to examine a great deal of wildlife, from the pretty little yellow four-petalled Tormentil to Sundew in the wetter areas. In the summer you can see Wheatears, notable from their white bottoms and tiny little wrens flying about!
Highlight of the Day
Reaching the summit and looking out across all the world!
Nearest train station : Bangor (8 miles away)
Car parking : Pay & Display at Llanberis station
Website : www.snowdonrailway.co.uk