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railway or just drive it?

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railway or just drive it?

The Welsh Highland railway seems to on the same path as I could make in a car - is this a true statement or am I wrong? If the Aberglaslyn Pass is so pretty, wouldn't it be better to drive it so that we could stop to admire the view and take photos, rather than being in a train? Please advise if you have any insight, trying to plan a trip 2 weeks out...

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1. Re: railway or just drive it?

The railway does follow the road for most of the way (not the section through Beddgelert forest), but one great advantage is you can sit back and enjoy the scenery. The road isn't very good - in places it is quite narrow and there are stone walls. Depending on when you are visiting it could also be busy with tourist traffic. The car driver may not get much time to enjoy the scenery, as he/she will need to concentrate on driving.

The drive through Aberglaslyn Pass is one of the worst bits too (and there are limited places to park along there, particularly if it is busy. Views from the train (As long as you are sitting on the side overlooking the river and not the rock face), may be marginally better.

There is also the unmissable and incredible experience of being pulled by a steam train working hard as it tackles some of the steep gradients on the route. Sheer bliss... As you may have gathered I LOVE steam trains so may be a bit biased...

Actually the scenery is so good along the route there is an argument for doing both - take the train and also drive it.

Don't forget there is also the Ffestiniog Railway which goes from Porthmadog up the Vale of Ffestiniog to Blaenau Ffestiniog. This is another narrow gauge steam railway which was built to carry slate from the hills around Blaenau Ffestiniog to the wharves in Porthmadog. It is still using some of the original locos. Much of this journey is well away from the road and the views are also good.

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2. Re: railway or just drive it?

Would agree that the train wins hands down. Although it seems the more expensive option, you have no driving to do just relax & enjoy the view, you would need to allow a full day for the return trip from Porthmadog to Caernarfon

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3. Re: railway or just drive it?

Definitely the steam train! :)

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