Running coast to coast through the heart of the Snowdonia National Park, the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways offer a leisurely and luxurious way to travel - like a mini Orient Express, with Welsh afternoon tea served in a beautiful new Pullman Observation carriage on every train. It's the travel of yesterday year, but with a modern twist.

Most of the carriages have a traditional style but in fact many are less than five years old with double glazing, padded seats at tables, heating to keep you warm on a chilly day and a friendly refreshment service brought to your seat. So let someone else do the driving, sit back and enjoy the view.

The railways connect the towns of Caernarfon, Porthmadog and the slate town of Blaenau Ffestiniog, a distance of around 40 miles.

There are journeys of different length to suit your day; or perhaps you would like to break your journey and go exploring the local shops or take a walk on one of the great pathways around the area. Whatever your interest, there will be something to tempt you to this wonderful railway.

There is a great variety of places to stay, and local restaurants proudly serve locally sourced produce, from the best steak around at Spooner's bar on the station at Porthmadog to a vibrant new vegan restaurant in the little village of Penrhyndeudraeth just down the road. Get close to nature on one of the area's lovely campsites or treat yourself to a luxury break in nearby hotel or glamping lodge - there really is something for everyone. But wherever you stay, your visit would not be complete without a trip on one of the best train ride in Britain. So treat yourself to a cheeky short break this spring.