Our trip on the Ffestiniog Railway ended at the old market town of Blaenau Ffestiniog where we hopped off the train and set out to explore.
Mist and rain hung over the whole place, it was chilly, damp and more than a bit miserable. We did walk around a little but visibility was so poor we could not even see a glimpse of the slate hills surrounding the town.
Leaving Wales a couple of days later we drove back through Blaenau in better weather and saw this little place in quite a different light. Very dramatic we could now see the slate hills properly. This place is known as “the town that roofed the world”, slate is how it made its name and we were glad of the chance to drive through and witness those incredible heaps of slate just everywhere.
Back to rainy Blaenau though, soaked through and just about fed up of walking in the rain we found the Bridge Cafe, quirky and vintage inside, settled in and had a delicious lunch and a rather competitive game of Scrabble.
Son had spied a place called Small World on the way to the cafe and we agreed to check this out too. A little gem, it was tucked right behind the cafe but full of models, a railway set and a crazy golf course that took you all the way around the world via impressive models all made by the owner – it is still a work in progress. We spent a very enjoyable half hour in there, chatting and playing crazy golf before heading back for our return journey on the old steam train back to Porthmadog.