Snowdon Mountain Railway
, LL55 4TY. Phone 0844 493 8120 to check availability. Experience the exciting ride to the top of the highest mountain in Wales and England.
As your train leaves Llanberis you will be beginning a journey of a lifetime. Outside the Station you will begin the steep climb up the first of the two amazing viaducts crossing Afon Hwch. You will then pass a beautiful waterfall and enter an ancient forest. Beyond the waterfall the train emerges into open, treeless countryside and can give you a first glimpse of the sharp craggy peak of Snowdon. At Half Way point on the mountain your train will move into the second loop in the track and this is where steam locomotives will take on water. There are three passing points on the mountain in addition to one each at Llanberis and at the Summit. The journey between each loop takes approximately 15 minutes. On very busy days you may see all the trains passing on the mountain. After this brief stop the train will work its way up to Rocky Valley.
Eryri – the Welsh name for Snowdonia, means “Land of Eagles”. Formed by volcanic forces some 450 million years ago, these ancient mountains once towered 10,000 metres into the clouds – as high as the Himalayas – but over time the wind and rain have worn them to their present scale and the successive ice ages have scoured their valleys and sculpted their ridges.
Beyond halfway rises the black volcanic rock face of Clogwyn du’r Arddu. The Station at Clogwyn is the termination point prior to the Summit opening. From March to the end of April trains will normally stop at Clogwyn due to the snow on the upper mountain. The views looking down Llanberis Pass are no less spectacular the summit the views from the train as you are carried along a ridge to the Summit are truly breathtaking. You will have one of the world’s most spectacular panoramas at your feet. On very clear days at the Summit you can see as far as the Wicklow Mountains in Ireland and the Isle of Man.
You have now reached the Summit of Snowdon and Hafod Eryri, the new Summit Visitor Centre. This amazing feat of engineering opened in 2009. This fantastic new destination is sympathetically designed to complement the landscape. This landmark building grows out of the mountain and features spectacular panoramic windows giving travellers to Hafod Eryri unimpaired views across the mighty Snowdonia range and up to the summit. The Welsh oak interior provides visitors with a Warm Welsh Welcome protected beneath the granite cloud like roof.