Thursday 23rd August 2018
The Congress excursion will be a trip to Llanberis, in the Snowdonia National Park.
Our bus will depart from the Imperial Hotel at 08:30 and take us through the picturesque Conwy Valley and Betws-y-coed to the foothills of Mount Snowdon; at 1038m (3406ft), the highest mountain in Wales or England.
Please note that WCCF will not be providing lunch; there are several cafes attached to the various Llanberis attractions, or you can buy a pre-packed lunch from any of the supermarkets close to the Imperial Hotel.
Unfortunately, WCCF are unable to subsidise the optional ride on the Snowdon Mountain Railway or the tour of the Dinorwig Power Station.
On arrival in Llanberis at around 09:30, there is a choice of activity:
Snowdon Mountain Railway
The Snowdon Mountain Railway is the only public rack and pinion railway in the United Kingdom and runs 7.6 km (4.7 miles) from Llanberis to the summit of Snowdon.
We have arranged a discounted group booking, departing Llanberis at 10:30 (we are required to be available from 45 minutes before departure, so all those taking the railway should make their way immediately to the station on alighting the bus). We will be taking a train pushed by an original Swiss steam locomotive from 1896. The journey time is one hour and there is a half hour stop at the summit for sightseeing; you will return to Llanberis at 13:00 which will give you time to explore the National Slate Museum and other Llanberis attractions.
The cost of this optional activity is £34.00 GBP per head, and there is a maximum of 34 places on the train, which will be allocated strictly on a “first come first served” basis. If you wish to participate, please send your payment to WCCF using the PayPal button below.
The National Slate Museum
The National Slate Museum is a highly recommended exhibition which tells the story of the Welsh slate industry. The workshops and buildings are designed as though quarrymen and engineers have just left the site and include the largest working water wheel in the UK. There are also several talks and demonstrations, including a fascinating demonstration of slate splitting and dressing.
Entry to the National Slate Museum is free.
Set against a magnificent backdrop of the towering mountains and the magnificent scenery of Snowdonia, Electric Mountain is First Hydro Company's Visitor centre in Llanberis. Its split-level layout contains a gift shop and cafe and is the starting point for the tour of Dinorwig Power Station. The tour of the power station costs £8.50 and lasts over an hour; please do not commence the tour after 15:00 as the bus back to Llandudno may not wait for you!
Climbing Snowdon by Foot
The path from Llanberis is the easiest walking route to the summit, which walkers of all ages should be able to manage, but please keep in mind that this is still a mountain hike and some experience of mountain walking is recommended, as well as waterproofs and suitable footwear. If any Congress attendee would like to walk up Mount Snowdon, please inform one of the organisers before the start of Congress, as we may need to adjust transportation arrangements to accommodate you.
Other Llanberis Attractions
Llanberis Lake Railway
Snowdon Honey Farm and Winery
The bus back to Llandudno will depart at 16:30. Please ensure that you return to the pickup point on time so that the bus can depart, and everyone can prepare for the evening banquet on return to Llandudno.