Bala Lake Railway is a narrow-gauge railway journey through the glorious scenery of the Snowdonia National Park along the shore line of Wales' largest natural lake
Llanuwchllyn ('the village above the lake') is the headquarters of the Railway and regular trains link the village with the delightful market town of Bala.
Rheilffordd Llyn Tegid (Bala Lake Railway) is one of the Great Little Trains of Wales. The 2ft gauge line offers a delightful 9 mile return journey along Llyn Tegid, through the beautiful scenery of the Snowdonia National Park. The little trains give excellent views of the lake amid its surrounding pastoral and woodland scenery, and of the nearby mountains, Arenig Fawr and Aran Benllyn.
The railway provides an ideal centrepiece for a day’s visit to Llyn Tegid (Bala Lake). A round trip of 9 miles takes about I hour and can be broken at any of the stations to enjoy other activities - a pleasant 10 minutes walk into Bala town for shopping or merely browsing access to the lake shore at various intermediate points for swimming, fishing or simply lazing by the waterside; the shaded woodland nooks at Bryn Hynod are ideal for picnics, and there is a large picnic site by the beach at Llangower.
The journey offers extensive views of Llyn Tegid, its surrounding countryside as well as the Arenig Fawr, Aran Benllyn and Aran Fawddwy mountains. Keep a look out for the herons & buzzards that nest near the line – a perfect example of nature and machines living side by side. All trains start and finish there day at Llanuwchllyn station, where we have a cafe, locomotive sheds and heritage centre.
Please note, there are no toilets at Bala station. Public toilets are available at Llanuwchllyn and Llangower.