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Blaenau Ffestiniog ( pop 5000) sits in the centre of the Snowdonia National Park within the natural, elevated bowl of the Vale of Ffestiniog. The town hosts the National Park’s Information Centre but the actual park boundaries have been drawn to exclude poor Blaenau - seems slightly unfair ! Perhaps this exclusion is due to the huge spoil mounds - reminders of Blaenau’s proud history as centre of the slate quarrying industry. The narrow gauge Ffestiniog Railway links the northern terminus at Blaenau Ffestiniog with Porthmadog on the coast travelling through breathtaking natural scenary. From Tanybwlch Halt you can follow the nature trail through Coed Llyn Mair National Nature Reserve. Discover Campells Platform – a private and exclusive halt for visitors and residents of restored medieval Plas –y -Duallt. Though major attractions at Blaenau Ffestiniog are generally linked with the past slate mining, the central Oriel Moelwen Gallery is well worth visiting. Llechwedd Slate Caverns (A470 between Blaenau Ffestiniog & Dolwyddelan.) is a major family attraction.Take the Miner's Tramway into the side of the mountain , risk the Deep Mine tour or just enjoy theVictorian mining village. Further afield visit Beddgelert or Betws –y-Coed for history, myth and craft galleries galore. - Helen

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