The narrow gauge steam trains of Wales There are particular methods of travel that make the most of your surroundings. A journey on board one of the many narrow gauge steam trains of Wales is certainly the best way to enjoy the magnificent landscape of the country. A Ffestiniog Welsh Highland Railways Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways by From the harbour at Porthmadog and the backdrop of Caernarfon Castle, to the slate quarries of Blaenau Ffestiniog, these powerful trains make for a wonderful journey. See the sights from the comfort of a carriage, climbing more than 700 feet from the sea to the peaks of Snowdon.More trains in Snowdonia B Vale of Rheidol Railway Vale of Rheidol Railway, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion by Let the restored vintage steam trains take the strain on an adventure through rolling, changing countryside to invigorate the senses. The 12 mile route between Aberystwyth and Devil’s Bridge is a master class in engineering, which has been in use for 110 years – now it’s your turn to sample its delights. More trains in Ceredigion and Cardigan Bay C Snowdon Mountain Railway Snowdon Mountain Railway, Gwynedd, Snowdonia by Alex Meacock, Camera Drone UK Heading along two major viaducts via a waterfall and an ancient forest, this journey to the peak of Snowdon takes on volcanic rock and sea, ending at a visitor centre with marvellous views across Snowdonia. Exorcise the ghosts of run-of-the-mill train trips on one of the most spectacular journeys you’ll take. More attractions near Llanberis D Fairbourne Railway Fairbourne Railway at the Barmouth Ferry Terminus, Snowdonia by rowanC82 The roots of this locomotive service hark back to mid-19th century expertise, and the wonderfully relaxing two-mile ride takes in a beach and golf course along the way. The end of the line is notable for offering a connection to a pedestrian ferry bound for the seaside resort of Barmouth. E Talyllyn Railway No 6 'Douglas' and train on Dolgoch Viaduct, Talyllyn Railway, Tywyn by Darren Turner Get away from it all with a journey slow on speed and fast on sights! Red kites, buzzards and stunning scenery can be seen from the train ride from Tywyn into the mountains. The Talyllyn Railway was the world's first preserved railway, taken over by volunteers during the early 1950s. The beautifully maintained original steam trains are manned by a friendly team on the tracks, offering cream teas and excellent views of the Fathew Valley up towards Cader Idris. G Brecon Mountain Railway Brecon Mountain Railway in the snow, Brecon Beacons by Griffin Guiding Limestone quarries and the 13th century ruins of Morlais Castle give Brecon two of the most evocative gateways to a railway – and they’re just the start. The Mountain Railway winds through villages, the highest peak in South Wales and the vast, 85 year old Reservoir Dam. Hop off for stunning scenery. More trains and historic attractions in Mid Wales H Welshpool and Llanfair Railway Welshpool to Llanfair Railway, Mid Wales by James - Leogem Start in historic Welshpool and take in the Banwy Valley on an ancient locomotive – the two in use were supplied to the railway back in 1902. This is a great route if you feel like a walk along the riverbank, although your carriage is a choice position for spotting wildlife. I Llanberis Lake Railway Llanberis Lake Railway, Snowdonia by David ... Glimpse the 13th century Dolbadarn Castle, twin lakes, the village of Llanberis and the historic Padarn Country Park on a vintage steam train rescued from local quarries. The five-mile trip offers enviable views of Snowdon, a chance to admire the fire-stoked engine and a lakeside picnic opportunity on the way back. J Bala Lake Railway Bala Lake Railway, Snowdonia Sit back and relax on a nine-mile breeze through the celebrated Snowdonia National Park, beginning in the pretty Llanuwchllyn Village, a place entwined with Arthurian legend. The lake itself is the largest natural body of water in Wales, and sites along the way include churches and a Norman Castle Motte. Enjoy this? Share it with friends Related items Wales on Film Wales has been host to hundreds of films. Here are some of those scene-stealing performances. Gay Wales: where to stay The door’s open everywhere in Wales, but here are a few places we like. Gay Wales: where to stay The door’s open everywhere in Wales, but here are a few places we like. Wales' must-ride trails From riverside rides to thrilling forest trails, Wales is a great place to bring your bike. Where to find dark skies The Welsh coasts and countryside have many dark sky hideouts that come alive at night Wild winter in the north Ravens, choughs, baby seals – and hundreds of thousands of wintering birds.