Within 5 minutes walking distance from Ashcoast House are Dorothea lakes.
These are former slate quarry pits which have been filled with underground spring water. They are very deep and are considered some of the most beautiful quarry lakes in North Wales. Here, stunning scenery is guaranteed regardless of the weather, with amazing colour contrasts between the sky, slates, mountain landscape and still deep waters.
In most weather conditions it will pose no problems for reasonably fit walkers. The navigation is also quite easy as the path follows the railway track fairly closely. In summer months there will be hordes of people climbing the path to the summit. Perhaps this is why it is known as …the Motorway.
Dogs are allowed on the majority of the beaches. Some have sections which are restricted at the peak times of the year, but there is usually more than enough space to the sides of the main beach area for the dogs to run along and play.
Caernarfon's status was further underlined when the son of Edward-I, the first English Prince of Wales, was born here in 1284. In 1969, the castle was the setting for the Investiture of Prince Charles as Prince of Wales.
This path will take approximately 3 hours to the summit and a further 2-3 hours to return. In the high season you could always descend via another of the Snowdon paths and then take the Snowdon Sherpa Bus back to the Rhyd-Ddu car park.
Snowdon: Six paths to the summit
Total distance: 6.4 km - 3.9 miles
By the way, there are 1st and 3rd class carriages only?! Yes, there are no 2nd class carriages. Makes perfect sense!
Welsh Highland Railway Timetable
Today you can walk right down to the Lighthouse, but be aware there are more than 400 steps down to the aluminium footbridge and you will have to climb up the steps on your return. If you do make the effort you are in for a treat. There is an abundance of birds nesting on the cliffs. Choughs, Guillemots, Gannets, Puffins and even Peregrine Falcons can be seen and heard throughout the year.
The Slate Work Shops and Showroom are open every day, including weekends, with the exception of Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day. Opening hours are from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, and they are dog friendly.
The cafe is open every day from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Address: Inigo Jones, Tudor Slate Works, Y Groeslon, Caernarfon. LL54 7UE
Telephone: 01286 830242
Email: [email protected]
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