What is Blaenau Ffestiniog known for?
Blaenau Ffestiniog is a historic mining town, located in the county of Gwynedd, and is best known for being the ‘slate capital of the world’.
When was Blaenau Ffestiniog built?
Blaenau Ffestiniog railway station
|22 March 1982||Standard gauge (platform 1) opened|
|25 May 1982||Narrow gauge (platform 3) opened|
|????||Renamed Blaenau Ffestiniog|
What does Blaenau Ffestiniog mean in English?
Ffestiniog is the really ancient settlement that is better known as Llan Ffestiniog. Blaenau’s the modern bit a couple of miles up the road. The name Ffestiniog is thought to derive from a Welsh word meaning stronghold. A less probable idea is that it means Territory of Ffestyn.
Why is Blaenau Ffestiniog not in Snowdonia?
When the National Park boundary was drawn up back in 1950, as the quarry and its slate heaps did not satisfy the criteria of exceptional scenic beauty, Blaenau Ffestiniog itself was omitted from the Park.
What is the population of Blaenau Ffestiniog?
|Blaenau Ffestiniog Location within Gwynedd|
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What type of rock is associated with Blaenau Ffestiniog?
Manod Quarry, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Gwynedd: tabular, colourless to white albite crystals, up to 10 mm in size, form extensive coatings on fractured quartz-latite, associated with quartz, anatase, brookite, apatite, synchysite and clinochlore. Some fine specimens have been recovered from this locality.
Is Blaenau Ffestiniog rough?
For outdoor pursuits, Blaenau Ffestiniog is hard to beat. From quiet woodland walks to strenuous mountain hikes, there is something for everyone. There is an abundance of cycling trails, including world-class downhill mountain biking with Antur Stiniog.
Where does the Ffestiniog Railway run to?
It is a major tourist attraction located mainly within the Snowdonia National Park. The railway is roughly 131⁄2 miles (21.7 km) long and runs from the harbour at Porthmadog to the slate mining town of Blaenau Ffestiniog, travelling through forested and mountainous scenery.
What county is Ffestiniog?
Blaenau Ffestiniog is a town in Gwynedd, Wales. Once a slate mining centre in the historic county of Merionethshire, it now relies heavily on tourists, drawn for instance to the Ffestiniog Railway and Llechwedd Slate Caverns. It was once the second largest town in North Wales, behind Wrexham.
What county is Blaenau Gwent in?
Blaenau Gwent lies almost entirely within the historic county of Monmouthshire, but the community of Brynmawr in the northeast belongs to the historic county of Brecknockshire. The administrative centre is Ebbw Vale.
Where is Blaenau Ffestiniog?
Blaenau Ffestiniog is a town in Gwynedd, Wales. Once a slate mining centre in historic Merionethshire, it now relies much on tourists, drawn for instance to the Ffestiniog Railway and Llechwedd Slate Caverns.
What was Blaenau Ffestiniog like in the 1860s?
During the 1860s and 1870s the slate industry went through a large boom. The quarries expanded rapidly, as did the nascent town of Blaenau Ffestiniog. The town gained its first church and first school, and saw considerable ribbon development along the roads.
What is Blaenau Ffestiniog used for?
Blaenau Ffestiniog railway station, on the site of the former Great Western station, is used by the Ffestiniog Railway and the Conwy Valley Line, their previous stations being no longer in use. The Conwy Valley line runs to the North Wales coast at Llandudno Junction, with links to Chester, Holyhead and Manchester.
How many primary schools are there in Blaenau Ffestiniog?
There are five primary schools in the area. Blaenau Ffestiniog is mainly Welsh -speaking. At the 2011 census, 78.6 per cent of residents over the age of three stated that they could speak Welsh, a slight fall from 80.9 per cent at the 2001 census.