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“Pleasant ride... but too expensive and not much to see...”
Review of Bala Lake Railway

Bala Lake Railway
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Owner description: Rheilffordd Llyn Tegid (Bala Lake Railway) offers a delightful 9 mile return journey alongside Bala Lake, through the beautiful Snowdonia National Park. Our 2ft narrow gauge steam trains give excellent views of the lake amid its surrounding pastoral and woodland scenery, and of the nearby mountains, Arenig Fawr, Aran Benllyn and Aran Fawddwy.The railway provides an ideal centrepiece for a day’s visit to Bala Lake. The round trip of 1 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. There is access to the lake shore at Llangower station for swimming, fishing or simply lazing by the waterside.
Reviewed 29 August 2017

Went on the 1.20 ride on Saturday. Tickets were £26 return for two adults, two children (aged 14 and 9) and a dog (really appreciated the fact that dogs were welcome on board). Didn't really know what to expect... The ride was about 25 minutes long through the woods with an occasional view over the lake, met a few steam engines along the way which was nice to see, and got to the final station... there was a café and toilets there but nothing else... not even a village to look at... lovely experience to travel on a small steam train but nothing very exciting to see...

3  Thank Soss73
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"free parking"
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Reviewed 28 August 2017 via mobile

The railway itself is gorgeous, the little engines capturing all our imaginations. Alice and George B being our 4yo daughter's favourites.
That said, other than the run up the lake and back there really isn't much else to see. We were hoping for a couple of small village stops but soon realised that wasn't to be the case, I think we are spoilt by having the NYMR on our doorstep at home.
In general it is great to see small heritage railways like this still running and to be fair it is worth visiting to ensure the longevity of things like this in the future.
Had our daughter been older we could have maybe made more of the journey by taking a walk into the country from one of the stops but maybe that is for next time.

1  Thank deBoogle
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Reviewed 27 August 2017 via mobile

Really good way to get to bala. Good fun and lovely sights.
Lovely staff. Inexpensive. Loved it
Kids on trip loved it. The station got little cafe too.

Thank Tigeryohann
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Reviewed 26 August 2017 via mobile

We visited here on 23rd August for the 11am trip
Unfortunately the train broke down about 3 mins from Bala
Didn't ruin the trip, they offered a full refund which we declined and no one on our carriage seemed annoyed or upset
Yes was disappointing but still it's a voluntary run organisation and we got a steam train there and a Diesel engine save us
Excellent views and the bonus of a Hercules bomber flying low over the lakes
You also get excellent views of the lakes, yes some sections are behind trees but what do you expect you in Wales
If you don't want tress then travel on the London trains
All in all a must if you in the area

Thank Alexbw2008
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Reviewed 26 August 2017 via mobile

The kids loved the steam train journey and the staff couldn't be more friendly and helpful . Our kids have a book about "Alice the little Welsh engine" who runs on the railway and they had such delight in meeting the star of their book!!

Thank 862garetht
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