2002 Blair Atholl Patrol Jamborette
Touring Day 5 - July 13th

A view of Snowdonia, from Harlech Castle

Our third day on the road started bright and sunny, and we were soon on the road. Our first stop was Dinas Mawddwy ("din-nass-ma-ood-thwee"), the ancestral home of one of our Scouts (Max, in the yellow sweatshirt). It's a tiny slate-mining village in a beautiful mountainous countryside, and we stayed long enough to take a picture by the village sign and listen to a history of the area.  

From there, we drove over the narrow, winding roads of central Wales to Tywyn,("too-win") on the coast, for a ride on the Talyllyn ("tal-uh-chlin") steam railroad. The Talyllyn Railroad, a two-foot-three inch narrow gauge line, was built in 1865 to haul slate to the coast for shipment. It's still running the same passenger cars, after more than a century. 

The group, on board the Talyllyn railroad. Hopefully, this was a strange-face contest. At least, they didn't normally look that way. 

Our train on the Talyllyn Railroad - pulled by Duncan, of "Thomas the Tank Engine" fame. No, not a reproduction - the Duncan. 
From Tywyn, it's about an hour up the coast to Harlech Castle, still impressive in its ruins on a cliff overlooking the Irish Sea. 
Of course, we made the obligatory visit to Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, on the Isle of Anglesey. The longest railway-station sign in the UK is just long enough for a photograph of all of the Scouts.

From Wales, it's a few hours across Britain to York. Once again, our hosts for the night would be the Lord Mayor's Own (York) Scout Group. 

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