Welcome to a Rail Journey on the Conwy Valley Line from the North Wales Coast to the Heart of Snowdonia.The Conwy Valley line, part of the National Rail Network, runs alongside one of the great rivers of Wales, the Conwy and continues along the banks of the turbulent river Lledr after it’s confluence with the Conwy at Betws-y-Coed.
From your departure at Llandudno to your arrival at Blaenau Ffestiniog a breathtaking range of scenery unfolds before your eyes, from the historic castle at Conwy, through estuary rich in wildlife, to gentle slopes that give way to majestic crags as the train crosses the Lledr by the dramatic Gethin’s viaduct.
You glimpse fairytale landscapes, the imposing 12th century Dolwyddelan Castle, ancient quarries and tracks, forests and the high peaks of Snowdonia before entering the heart of the mountain to emerge some minutes later in the imposing and historic industrial landscape of Blaenau Ffestiniog, the very centre of Wales’ slate quarrying and mining industry.
The Conwy Valley line at 27 miles long offers one of the most beautiful rail experiences in Britain.
The Conwy Valley line was constructed as far as Llanrwst in 1863 to the present Llanrwst North station, known originally as Llanrwst and Trefriw in order to cater for the tourist potential of the popular spa village of Trefriw.
In 1868 the line was extended to the famous inland resort of Betws y Coed.
By 1879 the line had again been extended, travelling the 1 in 47 curves up the beautiful Lledr Valley, through the longest single track tunnel in the UK, to arrive in the slate mining town of Blaenau Ffestiniog. The railway provided a valuable means of transporting roofing slates into a rapidly expanding worldwide market at that time.
In addition, other allied industries such as agriculture and forestry benefited from the use of the railway in satisfying the economic needs of the area.