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Whatever the weather, there's plenty to do in the area! Set amidst the unspoilt beauty of Snowdonia National Park, Rowen is the ideal base from which to explore the spectacular scenery for which this part of Wales is renowned. Walk along the beach, or, in the opposite direction follow the river Ysgethin into the hills to its source Lake Bodlyn and enjoy the stunning views over Cardigan Bay and the Lleyn Peninsula. Other activities that can be enjoyed within the area include cycling, golfing, canoeing, sailing, fishing, pony trekking etc, etc.
Buses run regularly from the village to the historic town of Harlech with its medieval castle, and into the resort town of Barmouth at the mouth of the renowned Mawddach Estuary. The scenic Cambrian Coast Railway Line also has a station in the village, trains run to Porthmadog and Pwllheli, and, in the opposite direction Barmouth, Tywyn, Aberdovey, Machynlleth - eventually connecting with the inter-city service to Birmingham. There are also famous name narrow-gauge railway lines: The Ffestiniog and The Welsh Highland (Porthmadog), The Talyllyn (Tywyn), The Bala Lake Railway, The Fairbourne Light Railway, and, a little further afield - The Vale of Rheidol Railway at Aberystwyth. Other attractions include several castles and sites of historic interest, copper and slate mines, the world famous Italianate village of Portmeirion and many fascinating museums and craft centres.
Harlech is a small town which has an impressive medieval castle with outstanding views over the dunes to the sea. Harlech beach and its surrounding dune area is one of the finest examples of a natural dune system in Britain and has been designated a National Nature Reserve,and a site of Special Scientific Interest.
Harlech also has a golf course.
Every Wednesday Pwllheli comes alive when it holds one of the busiest markets in Britain, a tradition that dates back to 1355.
Pwllheli’s harbour has a smart 400-boat marina, the biggest and most modern in Wales, which gives easy access to the superb sailing waters of Cardigan Bay and the Irish Sea. Boat trips from the marina will take you on a cruise through waters with a rich wildlife that includes seals, seabirds and dolphins. Take a day trip to Bardsey Island where 20,000 saints are reputed to be buried!
At Barmouth you will find traditional seaside fun on the promenade and in the small fairground. The pretty harbour is overlooked by the headland of Dinas Oleu, the birthplace of the National Trust.
You can enjoy learning about Barmouth’s maritime heritage by visiting the Sailors Institute, Ty Gwyn, Round House and Lifeboat Museum which are all situated around the harbour area.
Snowdonia National Park is a major tourist attraction. Visit Llanberis to catch a train up the highest mountain in England and Wales- Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon), or walk along the many routes to the summit that is over three thousand feet high.
While you are in Llanberis why not visit the Electric Mountain? This massive hydroelectric power station is built inside the mountain amidst miles of tunnels carrying roads and water. A bus tour of the power station starts from the 'Dragon in the Mountain' exhibition in Llanberis.
Caernarfon is a busy market town and a thriving tourist destination.
It has everything for the visitor - shops, fine restaurants, a fun centre, indoor karting, a golf course and indoor swimming and sports facilities at the leisure centre.
History really comes alive at Caernarfon with one of Wales' most famous castles which also houses the Regimental Museum of the Royal Welch Fusiliers, Wales's oldest regiment.
Porthmadog is a popular town with an appealing range of shops and attractions. Three narrow-gauge railways have stations here: the Welsh Highland to Caernarfon, the shorter Welsh Highland Heritage and the Ffestiniog.
If you are interested in exploring Porthmadog’s past as a busy harbour town and slate-exporting port then a visit to the Maritime Museum will be to your taste.