Steam Railways with a Camera in Southern Snowdonia
Capture the romance of heritage steam railways with a camera in Dolgellau and re-live a nostalgic past courtesy of the ‘Beeching Axe’. Up and down the land railway enthusiasts were quick to restore a unique and vanishing era that captures the hearts and minds of both young and old. Photograph historic steam locomotives that are lovingly restored back to their former glory, and stations so perfectly preserved they are used as authentic sets for TV and film dramas, such as Downton Abbey and Foyle’s War.
- Talyllyn railway
- Ffestiniog railway
- Small sociable groups of up to 12 guests
- High quality Full Board en-suite accommodation and excellent food in our Country House
- Guidance and tuition from a knowledgeable HF Holidays’ leader, to ensure you get the most from your holiday
- All transport to photography locations, via mini-coach or other mode of transport e.g. train
You can check in to your room from 2.30pm onwards (better rooms from 1pm). Please join us for afternoon tea.
The Talyllyn Railway was the first narrow gauge railway in Britain authorised to carry passengers using steam haulage. It runs from the coast, inland to Abergwynolwyn and Nant Gwernol. On this holiday, we'll take a return trip, stopping at Dolgoch for a stroll to the waterfalls.
See the countryside change as you travel the 11¾ miles from Aberystwyth to Devil’s Bridge through wide open fields and meadows, woodland and rugged mountain scenery, the line twisting and turning as it clings to the hillside. Upon returning time is allowed to explore Aberystwyth with the option of taking a ride on the cliff railway.
Starting within sight of Caernarfon Castle, the Welsh Highland Railway travels through Snowdonia to Porthmadog via Beddgelert and the Aberglaslyn Pass. From sea level at Porthmadog the Ffestiniog Railway climbs through mountainous terrain to a height of 710 feet at Blaenau Ffestiniog station. Unique and famous are the Fairlee double-ended locomotives that often pull the trains. This tour has an early start at 08.30.
Depart after a leisurely breakfast.
Walkers in the know head to southern Snowdonia to uncover one of Wales’ best-kept secrets. Stood in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park, just a couple of miles from the attractive market town of Dolgellau, Dolserau Hall makes a superb base for getting off the beaten path. The tranquillity of the location wraps around you. A smart country house with breathtaking views from every room, attractive gardens and vistas that stretch across the valley to the summit of Cadair Idris, you’re surrounded by rural inspiration. Depending on what mood strikes, explore the Rhinogs, take on a classic ridge walk with great views, set foot on the Mawddach Trail or follow the coast to Harlech, where the eponymous medieval castle stands on a wonderful position overlooking the sweeping sands of Cardigan Bay. Croeso I Cymru, as they say around here.
Tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Wi-Fi
Stay in the smartly presented rooms in the main house or in one of the handful of bedrooms in the converted coach house close by. With 23 rooms, Dolserau Hall has plenty of space and there’s a range of Good and Better Rooms to choose from. Enjoy the extra space of Room 1 and soak luxuriously in the tub that comes with the room, or watch the light change outside from the comfort and privacy of the sofa in front of the large picture window in Room 5.
All ‘Good’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Better’ Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress, larger television, enhanced toiletries and a fluffy bathrobe & slippers – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-20 per person per night. You can choose a specific room for an extra £30 per room, subject to availability. Upgrade supplements still apply.
Free Wi-Fi, boot room and drying room, extensive garden, lounge bar, library and board games to borrow
After a day rambling over the slopes of the Rhinogs or summiting a cracking peak, come back to the house and its specially tailored walkers’ facilities. Wander through the Coach House garden and admire the far-reaching views. Settle into the lounge bar and sink into the comfy leather sofas here. Grab a book or a board game and make yourself comfortable.
Food & Drink
As at all our country houses, holidays are full board, from afternoon tea served as a welcome treat through that evening’s meal to a hearty breakfast on the day of departure. Lunch is a chance to stock up on our famous picnic snacks. Food at Dolserau Hall is varied and tasty and has a strong emphasis on ingredients from the area and seasonal produce. Once a week the dining room hosts a Local Food Night, when, over a sociable evening, you might try a six-course feast of regional flavours. Look out for highlights including Cawl Cennin, a leek and potato broth, smoked haddock with Welsh rarebit and lava bread and Welsh lamb Wellington. If you’ve space, tuck into a slice of Monmouth Pudding, a great old-fashioned desert of breadcrumbs, fruit, cream and meringue
For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865
What to Bring
- your camera and other essential accessories
- memory card
- battery and charger
- your camera’s instruction manual
- waterproof clothing and outdoor footwear, ideally walking boots
- bag for your camera equipment, spare clothing, lunch, water, etc
- Notebook and pencil (pencils work better in the rain!)
- a laptop plus accessories for viewing, editing and sharing images (whilst it’s not essential, bringing your own laptop will mean you get more from your photography holiday if you shoot digital)
- filters: neutral density and graduated, polarising will all help you achieve a wider variety of water images
Optional camera accessories (remember you will have to carry some of these)
- spare memory cards
- a spare camera battery
- a spare camera (you never know!)
- a small selection of lenses: wide angle, telephoto, macro, for example
- memory stick or CD for storing images
- a tripod or monopod if you feel more comfortable with one
- camera rain-protector—a shower cap or plastic bag, or something more expensive if you prefer
4 nights from 0pp
...or call 020 3974 8865