Location. Blaenau Ffestiniog
Blaenau Ffestiniog was developed in the mid 19th century as a slate mining town. By the beginning of the 20th century, 4000 of the town's men were employed in the slate industry. The town has much to remind visitors of this Victorian enterprise and of 'old Welsh life', including the slate caverns and the Ffestiniog railway that was built to transport the slate to the harbour at Porthmadog.
Today there is a lively community in the town, with clubs, societies, bands and 'Welsh male voice choirs' (Listen to the Celtic Welsh language in song).
Blaenau Ffestiniog is at the heart of an area unsurpassed in natural beauty. Beaches, castles and many of North Wales's attractions are just a short drive or bus journey away.
Enjoy the spectacular scenery as you walk up one of Snowdonia's highest roads on a visit to the Stwlam Dam and the Hydro centre.
This area has some of the best rock climbing in Snowdonia. Fish for trout or savour the tranquillity and fresh air, walking one of the many walks in the mountains around Blaenau Ffestiniog or along the Vale of Ffestiniog.
Snowdonia is nature at its best, so come and visit the land of contemplation and activity for yourself. It is like a breath of fresh air!