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Blaen Cefn Leisure Park is nestled on the outskirts of Penrhyndeudraeth and surrounded by natural beauty.

Attractions and activities for people of all ages and interests are accessible right outside your door, be sure to take advantage of our area activities, including:

Porthmadog |  A harbour town situated on the Glaslyn Estuary, Porthmadog is rich in maritime history and is an excellent base for touring the surrounding area. It has a number of craft shops and restaurants. The town was named after W.A. Madocks whose ambitious "Cob" embankment scheme led to the town's name, which translates as "Madog's Port". In times gone by, it was a vital, busy shipping port for the international slate trade, brought down from Blaenau Ffestiniog. The maritime history depicts its proud past.

Ffestiniog Railway |  A 21km trek through meadows, woodlands, lakes and waterfalls within Snowdonia National Park. It was in 1832 that an Act of Parliament allowed the construction of the railway from Porthmadog to near Ffestiniog and opened to freight traffic on April 20th 1836. Powered by horses initially, the first steam locomotives were put in use of October 23rd 1863 at a cost of £1000 for each of the two engines. Passenger services started in 1865 and carried over 100,000 passengers per year were for the first three years along with 100,000 tons of slate. In the 1880's the slate industry was in decline, exasperated by the building of the slate wharf at Delaney by the London North Western Rail Company. By 1900 the company already relied on tourists to make up the income.

Portmeirion | The unique and famous Italianate village built by the architect Sir Clough Williams-Ellis. The village is reduced in scale, like a diorama, giving the impression of large size in a moderate space. It became famous as the set for the television series The Prisoner, starring Patrick McGoohan, who was Number 6. Portmeirion is halfway between Porthmadog and Penrhyndeudraeth and located on a rugged cliff top on its own private peninsula overlooking Cardigan Bay and is surrounded by subtropical woodlands and miles of sandy beaches. The walks are well worth the visit.

Coed-y-Brenin Forestry Commission | Wales' mountain bike Mecca, Coed-y-Brenin forest is home to an ever increasing network of fantastic handbuilt all weather singletrack and even a dual slalom course. The technical roller coaster riding will have you grinning like a fool, with stunning mountain views of surrounding Snowdonia and the coast that'll take your breath away. Anturstiniog The new downhill mountainbike course for the real adrenelin junkie located by the Llechwedd slate caverns offers everything from novice to expert and beyond.

National White Water Centre | Raft Britains only natural world championships rapids. See link on our home page. Beaches & coastline Miles of beautiful beaches, coastline and estuaries. Perfect if you enjoy fishing for Bass and Mackerel etc. or simply if you wish to absorb the breathtaking scenery whilst just relaxing on the beach, or while walking the coastal paths.

Black Rock Sands | Morfa Bychan has a beach known as Black Rock Sands (Welsh: Traeth Morfa Bychan) which stretches for two miles from the eastern end of the National Trust's Ynys Cyngar on the Afon Glaslyn [River Glaslyn] estuary along Tremadog Bay to Criccieth beach which is accessible at low tide. It is unusual as cars are allowed onto it. The sea along Black Rock Sands is shallow, with a gentle gradient making it ideal for swimming and bathing,dogs are allowed on the eastern and western sections of the beach but are banned from the central section. It also has designated bathing and boat-launching areas. The sand dunes of Black Rock Sands are a Site of Special Scientific Interest. A number of music videos have been filmed at Black Rock, including a Coldplay video from the song Yellow.  Part of the 1971 film Macbeth was filmed at Black Rock Sands.  The cover picture from the Manic Street Preachers album This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours was taken at Black Rock Sands.

Other attractions around Snowdonia include: Bondnant Gardens, Llechwedd Slate Caverns, Ffestiniog Steam Railway Welsh Highland Railway, Sygyn Copper Mines, various Lake Railways, Castles at Caernarfon, Conwy, Beaumaris and Penrhyn, the famous Swallow Falls, delightful Fairy Glen, abandoned mining hamlet, secluded lakes, bridges and picnic areas.

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