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The Vale of Ffestiniog is a valley in the Snowdonia National Park in Gwynedd, North West Wales. It stretches from Blaenau Ffestiniog in the north east and runs in a south westerly direction towards Tremadog Bay. The Afon Dwyryd is the primary river within the Vale. At Blaenau Ffestiniog, which some describe as being at the head of the valley, it is the Afon Bowydd which exits the town via Cwm Bowydd. The Afon Bowydd then converges with the Afon Goedol before its confluence with the Afon Dwyryd at Rhyd-y-Sarn. | The Vale of Ffestiniog proper could be said to start at Rhyd-y-Sarn from where the valley bottom widens as the River Dwyryd flows toward Portmeirion/Porthmadog and the estuary of the Glaslyn, before spilling into Tremadog Bay.| The Vale of Ffestiniog is famous for the Ffestiniog Railway, a narrow gauge railway line running from Porthmadog to Blaenau Ffestiniog. Once used for transporting slate mined in Blaenau to docks on the coast, the line is now a major tourist attraction. | Towns within, and in the vicinity of the Vale, include : Blaenau Ffestiniog – with its huge mountains of slate waste - once described as the ‘town that roofed the world’; Llan Ffestiniog - the original Ffestiniog that sits above the oak filled valleys of the upper Dwyryd river ; Trawsfynydd – the village that sits alongside the lake - high above the Vale ; Maentwrog ; Tan-y-bwlch ; Penrhyndeudraeth ; Porthmeirion - the Italianate Village ; and last but not least Porthmadog - a bustling seaside resort with both an attractive harbour and not one but two World famous heritage railways.
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