Story of the day: Riding the rails in Snowdonia


Time to wrap up and move on. I’ve been posting stories from my back catalogue since January and I’ve enjoyed revisiting some old features.

Maybe even someone reading did, too? Do let me know.

But with St David’s Day and spring on the horizon, daffodils in bloom in my local park, it’s time to give this site a more newsy edge.

So these are the last archive articles for a while.

First is a rail journey across Snowdonia, a similar idea to a more recent story in the Telegraph.

Here’s an extract:

Arrival at Rhyd Ddu was marked by a flurry of walking boots and Gore-Tex on the platform.

The station acts as the gateway to a series of day walks, including an 13km-round-trip Snowdon ascent along well-marked paths, or tackling the Nantlle Ridge walk, a calf-burning circular yomp round a steep, zigzagging rim.

I could have tackled the latter and still been back in time for the next train.

But instead I opted for a gentler hike through rolling woodlands, then down to explore Rhyd Ddu, a tiny hamlet of granite cottages set around a village pub and tearooms, where the sign outside enthused: ‘Muddy Boots Welcome’ [pictured above].

Read the full story, Riding the Welsh Highland Railway.

What’s your favourite rail journey? How do you rate my description of the Glacier Express?

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