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.
There are no amusement arcades or vendors along these beaches so you can enjoy a relaxing time soaking up the sun with only the sounds of the sea washing over you. Criccieth Castle dominates the town standing high on its rocky perch and is a must visit. You can visit the Castle between 24th March and 4th November. Tickets: £5.50 Adults -- £3.30 Children -- Family £16.00
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.
Car park: A55 - Abergwyngregyn LL33 0LP
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
The scarp face is magnificently dark and brooding and seemingly inaccessible to all but the very brave. It's no surprise that this place was once thought to have sinister origins. There is often a plume of steam rising over the top of the dark cliffs and towering peaks, resembling a chimney. This is as the result of moist air from the sea hitting the rock face. Legend has it that when the steam is rising above the cliffs, the Devil is cooking in the 'Devil's Kitchen'.
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