Sterling met us at the train station in Llandudno Junction and after the exchange of Krispy Kremes, gave us a ride to our home for most of the next week, Siabod Cottage. It’s the house next to Sterling’s house in Llan Ffestiniog, so it’s very convenient for visiting.Â
These are the two houses, Sterling’s is on the left ( wood door ) and ours is on the right ( white door ).
That night we had a delicious dinner with Sterling and Teresa and tasted a few of the local beers. The next morning, after a healthy breakfast of Krispy Kreme’s we headed out to go ride the Snowdon Mountain Railway, a rack and pinion railroad that climbs to the top of Mt. Snowdon. Rack and Pinion railroads are meant for climbing steep inclines, like those found on mountains. Essentially, there’s a third rail in the center of the tracks that has gear teeth on it that fit a big gear mounted on the underside of the train. Thanks to the gears, the train can’t slip if it gets poor traction in steep or slippery areas. The Cogs look like this:
The train moves very slowly, about 6 mph and takes an hour to get to the top of Snowdon. The trip up is filled with amazing scenery, though sometimes it’s a little freaky how close to the edge you are, and it’s a long way down. As we got to the top of the mountain the clouds closed in, so we were unable to see all the way to the bottom. It was cold and windy up there ( not a shock, really ) so we walked up the steps to the croweded summit, then back down to the shelter on the top.
The forest is quite lush at the bottom of the mountain, but was cleared of trees over a century ago higher up and hasn’t regrown. Instead, it’s all grass, which is kept in well-mown condition my thousands of sheep. Sheep outnumber the people in Wales, and judging from the number you see around here, they do it by a fairly large margin.
Here’s the summit on google earth.
After the mountain, we headed for Electric MountainÂ . The tours there were full for the rest ofÂ the day, so we’ll try that later in the week. The rain closed in, so we headedÂ for dinner early atÂ aÂ pub.Â
We’re having a great time!