Snowdonia National Park: The tour starts high up on the back roads in the Snowdonia National Park. We will be touring through rolling countryside and if ever a description is befitting for Wales – you will see ’50 shades of Green’! We will get great views of the Carneddau mountains passing patchwork fields.
The Secret View of Snowdonia: We stop high above the valley floor with one of the best views of the Snowdonia mountain landscape.
Ysbty Ifan: As we come down off the high ground to cross the river Conwy, we pass through a beautiful remote Welsh village with many stories and legends. Today it’s a tranquil haven, but Ysbty Ifan sat on the ancient route of the pilgrims who travelled across Wales. It’s also the location where the Drover’s would pass through, drive their herds of cattle and sheep to the markets as far away as England.
Ffestiniog Railway: We set you down in the middle of a woodland at a remote railway station for a ride aboard the world’s oldest narrow-gauge railway. Today the steam trains work energetically as they chuff and puff up hill to the slate-quarrying town of Blaenau Ffestiniog. Your journey will route you through tunnels and forests, passing lakes, waterfalls and taking on a unique complete spiral in its climb to the mountains. Train tickets not included.
Roman Fort: We take a single-track road up through a forest with stunning views as we climb out to a remote location of the ruins of a Roman fort. Here roads would run North, South, East and West. You get a chance to have a wander across the site, literally stepping in the footsteps of the Roman legionnaires who were posted to one of the remotest outposts, amongst one of most hostile regions of the Roman Empire.
18th Century Welsh Farmhouse: We break our journey with a fascinating stop that takes you into the culture of Wales with life on a traditional working farm. Entrance Fee Applies.
Harlech Castle: There are not many castles that sit in a more spectacular setting. Harlech castle sits elevated some 200 feet above the valley floor below and dominates the skyline. Harlech is said to be one of “the finest examples of late 13th century and early 14th century military architecture in Europe”, and it is classed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Entrance Fee Applies.
Church in the Sands: A most unusual setting for a church, pretty much buried amongst the sand dunes it sits about 20 metres from the high tide mark. The current church dates around the 13th century, but there is evidence that the church was a prominent location for the pilgrim saints on their route to Bardsey Island and even the famous St Patrick, who established links between Ireland and Britain.
The Mawddach Estuary: There are few estuaries as beautiful as the Mawddach Estuary in South Snowdonia and we finish the day’s touring with a spectacular walk across the scenic river estuary.