Exploring castles is hard work and we had explored both Beaumaris and Caernarfon castles in one day! We took the scenic route back from Caernarfon to Betws-y-Coed and decided to take a rest at the beautiful Llyn Padarn in Llanberis. Llyn is the Welsh word for lake.
We found this area quite enchanting. There were sheep seemingly roaming wild (although I have no doubt they belonged to one of the neighbouring farms) and there were beautiful swans in the water.
Llyn Padarn is a glacially formed lake and it is linked to Llyn Peris at its south-eastern point. It is close to the town of Llanberis.
Llyn Padarn is located in Snowdonia, an area of incredible natural beauty in north west Wales which was designated to be a national park in 1951. The landscapes and vistas were breathtaking at times and the area is popular with hikers, walkers and climbers.
There was one slight blemish on the landscape and that was the evidence of the heavy slate mining that took place for almost two centuries until the late 1960s. Thankfully, the nearby Dinorwig Quarry closed in 1969 and all that remains of the local industry at Llyn Padarn is the National Slate Museum.
We were fortunate to spot the Llanberis Lake Railway train making its way along the track on the northern bank of the lake. Next time we visit Snowdonia (and I have no doubt that we will return) we’ll make sure we take a ride on the railway and visit the National Slate Museum and Padarn Country Park too.
If you click on the photo above, you will get a better view of the train.