Bala Lake Railway (Rheilffordd Llyn Tegid) offers a delightful 9 mile return journey alongside Bala Lake, through the beautiful Snowdonia National Park.
The 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.
Llanuwchllyn is the railway’s main station; from here regular trains link the village with the delightful market town of Bala. At Llanuwchllyn, visitors can watch the steam locomotives being serviced before they join the train. You can see the Victorian signal box in operation and can enjoy light refreshments in the station buffet. All trains start and finish their day from Llanuwchllyn. There is free car parking as well as a buffet, souvenir shop, toilets and picnic tables.
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, lunch or merely browsing. There is access to the lake shore at Llangower station for swimming, fishing, picnics or simply lazing by the waterside. The Bala Lake Railway was proud to be named as the 'Best Small Railway 2012’ by the Heritage Railway Association