Llanberis, Llyn Padarn & Snowdon © Crown copyright (2013) Visit Wales
Nowadays, Llanberis in Snowdonia National Park is a major tourist attraction. From the town one can catch a train up the highest mountain in England and Wales or walk along the many routes to the summit over three thousand feet high.
The journey can be broken at Cei Llydan to capture the spectacular views.
The tiny locomotives used on the line have all seen service in Dinorwig Quarries at one time or another where they once hauled slate wagons in the quarry.
Right:- National Slate Museum at Site of the former Dinorwig slate quarry Llanberis
Commercial Quarrying began at Dinorwig in the early 19th century. Railways worked by dozens of small steam locomotives transport the slate from Dinorwig to the sea at a harbour known as Port Dinorwic. The quarry closed in 1969 and is now a major tourist attraction.
The railway and the other exhibits of Padarn Country Park such as the National Slate Museum ensure the 3000 men who once worked the quarries are remembered as do the quarry workings which have laid open the side of the Elidir mountain nearby.
The Snowdonia Marathon: A gruelling marathon that starts and finishes in Llanberis, circumnavigating the Snowdon massif. It passes Pen y Pass: 1100 feet above sea level! Held in October.
The Carnival: The carnival is held in Llanberis every July, and provides fun for children from one to a hundred and one. The carnival parade passes in front of all the hotels on the high street.
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