Welcome to Blaenau Ffestiniog.

I know it´s not easy to pronounce, to some it looks like a typo! It didn´t come from a book, but it´s going to make you feel like you are inside a fairy tale. Blaenau Ffestiniog is a town in Gwynedd, a county located in North Eastern Wales, sat in the Snowdonia National Park, I know I know, it sounds like a fairy tale of knights and dragons, but I assure you, it couldn’t be more real.

A town within a park

Blaenau Ffestiniog, a lovely town with a rich history. It was created due to the discovery of great deposits of slate around the 1700´s, but even before that, there can still be seen ruins and roads that can be tracked to the bronze age.

There are also plenty of valleys with ancient paths; some even Roman roads that cover a few miles, such magical places are seen in folk tales of the area.

Gems, gold or rare ores?

You must be thinking that because this place is like the new Camelot they must trade with gold, beautiful gems or rare dragon horns or griffin feathers, sorry to disappoint you, but this city it’s all about tourism, in the days of old it used to benefit from the slate, the area is very rich in minerals and the slate quarries still remains and they extend for miles and many underground levels.

But of course all of that slate was not carried by the men from place to place to improve the economy, so on 1836 they built the Ffestiniog Railway to help transport the slate, which contributed greatly to the economy, more product delivered and faster too, just another example of how the humankind has improved thanks to the machines, a great way to overcome the obstacles.

Blaenau Ffestiniog, a place as normal as any other, sure with a history very close to Celtic myths and magic stories with plains and valleys resembling those of The Lord of the Rings, yeah, normal place as any other! Who knows you might find something out of a fairy tale after taking a walk in the forest or the hills, maybe even in those deep caverns that remain.

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