It’s changing fast. The former ‘slate capital of the world’ has, in the last few years, become one of North Wales’s most innovative activity centres. Those screes of broken slate that tumble down steep-sided mountains are now the province of mountain bikers and zip line riders, while underground the historic caverns are home to the world’s largest subterranean trampoline and yet more zip line action. But first things first. To get a historical perspective on things take a guided Victorian Mine Tour into the Llechwedd Slate Caverns to learn more about the industry that ‘roofed the world’, an underground experience that has recently been revised and enhanced. The Antur Stiniog downhill mountain biking trails have been a big success, as has the recent opening of Zip World Titan, the world’s largest zip zone, and Bounce Below, massive bouncy nets hung within vast chambers at Llechwedd. It doesn’t stop there. Zip Below, the world’s first underground zip ride, is scheduled to open here in spring 2015. Town centre improvements have revitalised the shopping area, and words, sayings, quarrying terms and local poetry have been inscribed into the streetscape – see the excellent interpretive booklet available locally or online at www.blaenauffestiniog.org/poetry (you can also download a sound file to your smartphone). Make a day of it and travel here by the narrow-gauge Ffestiniog Railway from Porthmadog.
Activity Providers in the Blaenau Ffestiniog area and nearby