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The RLC Holiday Club


North Wales (Snowdon)

12th to 16th July 2015





Sunday 12th July  


The first part of our journey was to the Heritage Motor Centre  at Gaydon just off the M40. Our route there was via the M3 and M25. Our stay at the centre was just long enough for lunch and a quick look round.


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We arrived at the  Celtic Royal Hotel in Caernarfon ready for the week ahead.



Monday 13th July


Monday we were due to travel up Mount Snowdon and then cross the Menai Strait to Anglesey. However the weather was against us but John asked Airedale Tours for help and they managed to swap Wednesdays outings for Mondays. So we visited the Trefriw woollen mill.


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From the Woollen Mills we went through the valley to Betws-y-Coed then following the road along the Swallow Falls and the Crimea Pass until reaching Blaenau Ffestiniog to travel down the famous Ffestiniog Heritage Railway to Portmadoc.


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Tuesday 14th July


 Tuesday we had two visits. One to the Electric Mountain the other to the  Welsh National Slate Museum. Due to our numbers it was necessary to be split into two groups. The first group spent the morning in the Mountain the second group at the Slate Museum.


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The trip to Electric Mountain followed after lunch. We were not alowed to take with us any phones or cameras. Our journey into the mountain was by coach. The plant has been blasted into the slate mountain comprising huge caverns which house the machinery to make hydro-electricity There are two lakes, one on the top of the mountain the other at the bottom. To make electricity water at the top drops down to the bottom turning turbines to generate the power. At night it is then pumped back up to the top using 'off-peak' electricity.





Wednesday 15th July


Wednesday was our last day and we went to Anglesey and Mount Snowdon. Anglesey was first and we stopped at Tacia Taid a privately run Anglesey Transport Museum which also included a selection of military vehicles. 


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From there it was a short journey to the quaint little village of  Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch which as you all know translates as “The Church of Mary in the hollow of the white hazel near the fierce whirlpool and the Church of Tysilio by the red cave”.


Mount Snowdon was our last visit and for me the most spectacular. Having changed the day to Wednesday was so lucky as we had a cloud free day with views from the top of the mountain across the Irish sea to Ireland and the Isle of Mann. The train  journey up the mountain gave us wonderful views across Snowdonia.



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Thursday 16th July


Thursday we returned home.




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Pictures from Allan Stow and words from Nigel Parcell

Thanks to John for the organisation and Sid from Airdale Tours for the holiday itself.