a perfect day out, why not ride a narrow-gauge train on the Bala Lake
Railway, along 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
The railway provides
an ideal centrepiece for a day's visit to Llyn Tegid (Bala Lake). A
round trip of about I hour 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.
Car Parking - There is
adequate car parking at Llanuwchllyn Station. At Bala Station there is
roadside car parking with large Car Parks in the town centre.
The line's main
station at Llanuwchllyn includes a well-stocked buffet and souvenir
shop. Visitors can watch the engine being prepared for its trip to Bala
and can visit the loco shed to see the other engines. Why not stroll
down into the village for a view of rural Wales at its most peaceful?
Lake Railway Society
The railway is
assisted in its operations by the volunteer enthusiasts of its
supporting society; Cymdeithas Rheilffordd Llyn Tegid. As well as
providing train crews, society members also carry out a wide range of
other tasks, connected with the maintenance and running of the railway.
Members receive free and concessionary travel on several lines and a
quarterly illustrated magazine keeping them in touch with events. The
society is keen to welcome new members; details are available from
- Bala - Return trip 1 hour; Single trip 25 minutes. Break of
journey allowed at any station.
Bala - Llanuwchllyn - Return trip 1 hour 30 minutes as train
stops at Llanuwchllyn to take on coal and water etc. Single journey 25
All trains arrive at
and depart from Llangower 10 minutes after leaving Llanuwchllyn and 15
minutes after leaving Bala. Trains also call by request at Pentrepiod
and Bryn Hynod halts. To join the train please signal to the Driver. To
alight, inform the Guard when you board the train.
Note:- All trains
finish their day's work at Llanuwchllyn; it is therefore not possible to
make a return trip with the last departure from Bala.