Wednesday 22nd November 2017

Llanberis

 

Dolbadarn Castle - LlanberisLlanberis is a village in Gwynedd, North Wales, lying on the southern banks of Llyn Padarn in Snowdonia. It takes its name from Saint Peris, an early Welsh saint.

 

According to the United Kingdom Census 2001, the population of Llanberis was 1,954. The census also revealed that 81% of the population speak Welsh fluently, with all of those aged 10–15 able to speak the language.

 

The village originally grew around the slate quarrying industry, but since the closure of the quarries the main employers have been tourism, the Dinorwig power station, a pumped storage hydroelectric station, Siemens Diagnostics and DMM. The ruins of Dolbadarn Castle, built by Llywelyn ap Iorwerth in the 13th century, stand above the town, famously painted by Richard Wilson and J.M.W. Turner.

 

Llanberis is a popular base for ascents of Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa in Welsh), the highest mountain in Wales. The Llanberis Path begins in the town, and although one of the longest routes, it is therefore the shallowest and hence the easiest. It is the most popular walking route to the summit, largely following the line of the Snowdon Mountain Railway.

 

Other attractions in the village include the Snowdon Mountain Railway, the National Slate Museum, the Llanberis Lake Railway and a country park. Tours of Dinorwig power station are available from a purpose built visitor centre.

 

Llanberis is also a centre for outdoor activities including walking, mountaineering, climbing, mountain biking, pony trekking, water sports and Scuba Diving at the Vivian diving centre. The Snowdon Race (Ras Yr Wyddfa), takes place during July, an international fell race to the summit of Snowdon returning to the town.

 

LLMRT, Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team is one of the busiest mountain rescue teams in the country with 90 call outs in 2008. The team is run entirely by volunteers who rely solely on donations from the public to fund the rescue work they carry out. As an extension of the emergency services they can be called out 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year.

 

LLAMFF, the Llanberis Mountain Film Festival began in 2004. It is now an annual event, the most recent festival was in March 2008, the next to be in March 2010.

 

Llanberis is twinned with the Italian town of Morbegno in Lombardy.

 

The village used to be served by Llanberis railway station on a branch line of the Carnarvonshire Railway until its closure in 1964.

 Coaches on Llanberis moutain