After the fun of the Talyllyn steam train experience, I decided “Why not do a larger one up into Snowdonia?” So I did! I took the Mountain Spirit train up to the quarry town of Blaenau Ffestiniog. The first part of the journey was getting to Porthmadog, from whence the train departs.
I got to Porthmadog early enough to grab some breakfast. I walked some ways to a place I thought was in the direction of the station, had a lovely breakfast, but realized halfway through the meal that I had mistaken which station to depart from. The two were on opposite ends of town. Fortunately, it’s a pretty small town! But I had to quick-step, which diminished my enjoyment of the really cute little town of Porthmadog.
Although it is very pretty, rhododendron is NOT native to North Wales, and has become a tremendous problem. It is poisonous and spreads thickly and quickly.
An absolutely delightful day. I met a lovely couple and their very good baby, got in lots of walking in Porthmadog (although I did not have the wherewithal to go to the Purple Moose Brewery, my one regret of the day). But as always, lovely to get home to my little cottage on the rail and the sea.
24 May, 2022
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