Coed y Bleiddiau

Gwynedd

Our Plans

This is a small project by comparison with the recently opened Belmont - once restored, this little cottage will sleep up to four people. We are now gearing up to start the restoration of Coed y Bleiddiau in October 2016, and we have previously – thanks to a generous supporter – overhauled the roof.

One of the challenges from the remote location of the building, with no direct road access, is that all the materials must be ferried to and from the site by train. Even now, it is reached only by steam train or on foot, and has a tiny platform of its own where visitors will be able to flag down an approaching train.

Coed y Bleiddiau will undoubtedly be a magical Landmark for up to four people.

  • Coed y Bleidiau

  • Snowdonia Bridge

  • Waterfall

"No one who stayed at Coed y Bleiddiau was anything but happy", wrote Sir Granville Bantock’s daughter Myrrah. Bantock himself loved the waterfalls and bathing pools, and walking the misty peaks and ancient sites where children left tributes of buttercups and daisies. ‘Snowden, whose majestic peak dominates the landscape, acts as a friendly beacon to guide the rambler who seeks untrodden ways’, he wrote.

As a Landmark, access will be possible by foot from a parking area some ten minutes’ walk through ancient woods and open hillside, or by train. The railway is planning the logistics of offering a train option for guests and their baggage when arriving and leaving the building, either as part of the usual timetable, or at other times.

Find out about our future rescue projects here.

Ffestiniog Railway

A partnership

Our partners are the wonderful Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway Trust, a charity that, much like Landmark, works to keep a cherished aspect of our past alive. Today, they operate both the Ffestiniog and the Welsh Highland lines which offer the chance to explore the beauty of Snowdonia from over 40 miles of narrow-gauge railway.

With miles of this important line to manage and a great deal of machinery and infrastructure that needs attention, the repair and revival of Coed y Bleiddiau is beyond their means. They approached us for help and we have taken a long lease on this remarkable building.

Coed y Bleiddiau, Gwynedd in 1930

The Ffestiniog Railway is the oldest independent railway company in the World

After being founded by Act of Parliament in 1832, the railway was opened in 1836 as a gravity and horse drawn line to transport slate from the quarries in the mountains around Blaenau Ffestiniog to the sea at Porthmadog and then all over the globe.

The Ffestiniog Railway has influenced the design and construction of railways in many countries around the world. It introduced many innovative engineering solutions to cope with the rapid increase in output from the quarries and in the number of passengers it carried, including introducing the world's first bogie carriages. The line closed in 1946 but was restored after the War by volunteers, reopening in 1955. Today it is a thriving scenic railway, and very popular with tourists.

The line runs from Porthmadog to Blaenau Ffestiniog and the journey begins by crossing the Cob, a mile-long embankment which holds back the sea, then past the entrance to Portmeirion. After Minffordd, the determined sounds of the powerful engines reflect the effort of pulling carriages high into the mountains through ancient oak woodlands and Coed y Bleiddiau (‘The Wood of the Wolves’).

The track loops over itself at Dduallt station, using the UK’s only railway spiral - a simple but effective way of gaining extra height without increasing the gradient. Mountains of slate - evidence of the town’s rich industrial heritage - surround you as the train arrives at Blaenau Ffestiniog station, which is shared with mainline trains that run on tracks that are twice as wide, along the Conwy Valley Line from Llandudno Junction.

Coed y Bleiddiau, Gwynedd in 1930
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