Vale of Ffestiniog

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Coordinates: 52°56′38″N 4°00′22″W / 52.944°N 4.006°W / 52.944; -4.006

1844 sketch of the Vale of Ffestiniog

The Vale of Ffestiniog is a valley in the Snowdonia National Park in Gwynedd, North Wales. It stretches from Ffestiniog in the east and runs in a westerly direction towards Tremadog Bay, terminating near Porthmadog. The Afon Dwyryd runs through the Vale;[1] pastoral farming is practised along its length.

The Vale is chiefly famous for the Ffestiniog Railway,[2] a narrow gauge railway running from Porthmadog to Blaenau Ffestiniog. Once used for transporting slate mined in Blaenau to docks on the coast, the line is now a major tourist attraction.


  1. ^ Henry Irwin Jenkinson (1878). Jenkinson's smaller practical guide to North Wales. E. Stanford. p. 159.
  2. ^ Paul Whitfield; Catherine Le Nevez; Mike Parker (1 January 2012). The Rough Guide to Wales. Rough Guides. p. 371. ISBN 978-1-4053-8981-5.