The Amateur Traveler talks to John Clayton about a recent trip to Wales.
John was the host of a radio travel show called “Travel with a Difference” for 16 years in the Los Angeles area and was invited to Wales by the Wales Tourism board.
John is a train buff and was invited to ride on the restored narrow gauge railroads of Wales which were built originally to carry slate from the Wales slate mines. He road the Mount Snowdon, West Highlands, and Ffestiniog railways.
John also recommends touring the slate mine at Llanberis.
We also visit Port Meirion which will look familiar to fans of the TV show The Prisoner. Also, find out what Bed and Breakfast you can stay at where some of the Royals used to live.
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Tourist Information from the Wales Tourism Board
Timeline of railway history
The Great Little Trains of Wales
BritishRail – BritRail has discount train passes for travel on the British railways
“Royal Residence” B&B near Carnarvon
National Slate Museum
Snowdon National Park
http://www.homedinnersinwales.com – Home Dinners in Wales – John says “urge your audience to check THIS out – totally fascinating and unique!”, but this link is not working for me
John suggests checking out the route Llandudno to Blaenau Ffestiniog on Rheilffordd Dyffryn Conwy – Conwy Valley Railway
Michelin Travel Publications Web Site – Michelin maps and guides, Maps, Green Guides, Restaurant & Hotel Guides