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BORTH. POST-OFFICE REGULATIONS. Letters can be posted to Aberystwyth and South Wales up to 6.35 a.m. To all other parts of the king- dom, up to 5.50 p.m. at the post-office and 5.30 at the Terrace pillar box. Delivery commences at 8.0 am. to 7.0 p.m. on week days, and 10.0 a.m. only on Sundays. Money order and savings bank business close at 5.0 p.m., Saturdays at 8.0 p.m. Telegraph business on Sundays, from 8 to 10 a.m. Post-master, Mr A. L. Lewis. TRIPS. Aberystwyth.—The town of Aberystwyth can be reached by train, but a pleasant way of visiting it by those who can walk six or seven miles without fatigue, is by following the road and paths along the coast. Leave Borth by the road running southward, and instead of turning to the left keep straight on up the hill. This road leads out into the Cynfelin Valley, where the main-road must be left, and a by-way taken leading to the right to a house on the shore called Wallog, whence a pathway leads over the cliffs into the Clarach Valley and again over the cliffs into Aberyst- wyth. The return journey may be made by train. LI(infihangel.-It may somewhat surprise visitors to know that this is but part of the name of the parish in which Borth itself is situated. The name spelt right out is Llanfihangel-Geneu'rglyn, and means "the Church of St. Michael at the entrance to the glen." It may be reached by train or by following the south road a little over two miles. The church, recently restored, perched on the side of the hill, makes a pretty sight, and the graves, rising in steps among the trees, a curious sight. On the square-topped hill over against the Church was formerly a castle built by Walter L'Espec, the Norman. No vestige of it remains. Taliesin's Grave,-By following the pathway running past the church, for over three miles, the pedestrian will be brought to the village of Talybont, where arc lead mines, hotels, and woollen factories. At the northern end of the village a byroad to the right leads in less than two miles to Taliesin's grave on the hillside overlooking the estuary and valley of the Dovey and an extensive tract of country. Taliesin lived in the sixth century, and was the Chief of Bards of Arthur's Round Table. Tradition says that he was found exposed in a fishing weir by Prince Elphin, son of Gvvyddno, and educated by him, He was the author of a great many poetical works, commemor- ative of the finding of himself by Elphin, the victories of Uricn Reged, King of Cambria, the victories of Maelgwyn Gwynedd. and other pieces. The following prophecy, relating to the Welsh people, has been ascribed to Taliesin, but erroneously as some autho- rities think Their Lord they will praise, Their speech they will keep Their land they will JoBe, Except wild Wales. WALKS. Along the beach to the north to Aberdovey Ferry (3! miles), or along the road running northward which leads to the same spot. If the outward journey is made along the beach, the return may be made along the road or v ice versa. On the beach, especially opposite Aberd ovey, is a large quantity of shells. from the Penrhyn (on which is a refuge box) a ferry boat may be tak-en across the river to Aberdovey. Leave the south end of Borth railway platform and follow the new pa.th past the Church. Seats are placed at intervals along this path. The view of the sur- rounding hills and of the moorland of Corsfochno, which has been described its "a glorious carpet of colour is very fine from this path. A favourite walk of visitors is to the south beach, where the cliffs rise to considerable height and where the boulders iire very large. About a mile aftei rounding the headland is a peculiarly-formed rock, which, Irom its shape, hae been called delyn or the harp. Care should be taken not to go under the cliffs when the tide is coming in.
THE MANCHESTER AND MILFORD RAILWAY. (ABERYSTWYTH). Visitors, on being informed that the line of railway running south of Aberystwyth, and connecting that town with Carmarthen and South Wales, is called the Manchester and Milford Railway, will nod.oubt at first wonder why names of places so remote should have been selected for a railway running through Mid- Wales. On looking at the map of England and Wales, however, it will be seen that the line, as far as it goes, lies in a direct route between Manchester and Milford, and the wonder as to the name will -,eue when it is known that it .vas at one time intende d to make the railway a link in a system of direct com- munication between Ireland, Milford, and the gre.%t city of cotton manufacture in the North of England. For reasons which it is unnecessary to go into here, the scheme fell through, and the line which was to have been taken over the hills from Strata Florida, in Cardiganshire, to Llangurig, in Montgomeryshire, was brought on to Aberystwyth, the nearest town in the locality, and there brought to a terminus. Many are the jokes told about the rate of locomotion but, nevertheless, the line affords a convenient means of communication, by some of the trains, between North and South Wales, and opens up a tract of country which, though it lacks the rugged grandeur of North Wales, has natural charms peculiarly its own, and nearly every acre of it is crowded with interesting associations. During the summer months cheap return tickets are issued. LLANRHYSTYD ROAD. Leaving Aberystwyth from a platform on the souCh side of the Cambrian Station, the line bends at once to the right and crosses the Rheidol river, and after emerging from a cutting comes in sight of the harbour and bay and runs along under Pendinas on the bank of the Ystwyth river which gives its name to Aber- ystwyth. The house, Tanybwlch, on the hill to the right (when facing the engine), is the residence of Mr Vaughan Davies, one time candidate for the county in the Conservative interest. To the left of the house is Taridinas, the site of a British fortification, con- structed probably to guard, in conjunction with Pell- dinas, the entrance to the Ystwyth Valley. Just before arriving at Llanrhystyd road, the line cuts through an esgair which is geologically inostinterestiilg. The train enters the station by passing over the Aber- ystwyth and Aberayron road, which in two miles leads back to town. Instead of following the road the whole distance, the pedestrian may turn off to the left near the railway bridge and chapel at Khydyfelm and thence home along the banks of the Ystwyth by turning to the right after passing over the bridge across the stream. LLANILAR. The line after leaving Llanrhystyd road, continues along the Ystwyth to Llanilar. On the right of the line and across the river is seen the seat of Mr Lewis Pugh Pugh, fomerly Liberal M.P. for the county. The picturesque village of Llanilar is also seen to the right before it is approached, backed by Castle Hill, the residence of Mr James Loxdale, who also has a residence at Shrewsbury, To the left of Castle Hill are the remains of a Roman Encampment, whence a beautiful view may also be obtained. Llanilar is a favourite resort of Aberystwyth pic-mc parties. It is well-wooded, is surrounded by heights commanding fine landscapes, there arc innumerable walks in the I neighbourhood, and there is hostelry accomodation, The walk along the road to Llanrhystyd road is a pleasant one. Distance to Llanilar from Aberystwyth six miles. TRAWSCOKD OR CROSSWOOD. On leaving Llanilar for Crosswood (3 miles) On leaving Llanilar for Crosswood (3 miles) the line still follows the river which, poisoned by the refuse of lead mines, has destroyed vegetation on either bank. The house among the trees to the right is Llidiardau, the resi- dence of Mr Parry, prtsent high sheriff for the county, land the house on the hill side to the left is the residence of Mr F. R. Roberts, clerk of the peace, who has greatly improved the land in his neighbourhood, At Trawsooed, which signifies the wood across the valley, is the seat of the Earl of Lisburne, lying to the left of the station among the trees. Here the train may be left and several pleasant excursions taken. By walking up the line to the tunnel (three miles), which well repays the journey, a fine waterfall will, after rain, be seen and, at Gwnnws Church, a short distance across fields to the right from the tunnel is an ancient inscribed stone commemorative of Caron, i a sixth century saint and warrior. The return to Crosswood station may be made along the road, north of the falls. Another beautiful walk is to Pontrhydy- groes (six miles) and to Hafod (ten miles). Leave the station, turn to the right after passing tho bridge over the river, and continue to where the river turns up a valley to the left and is crossed by a stone bridge. Follow the new road along the bank of the river to the lead-mining village of Pontrhydygroes. The scenery is fine and wild. At Pontrhydygroes the road to the right may be taken to Strata Florida station (four miles), or, to the left, to Hafod, with its picturesque grounds and church. The return may be made to Crosswood, or the walk may be continued from Hafod to the Devil's Bridge. STRATA FLORIDA. After departing from Crosswood, the train begins to ascend a steep gradient cut in the side of the hill; and, if the passenger sits on the left side of the carriage, he will obtain a splendid view of the wooded ravine below and of the vale of Crosswood in the distance. At the tunnel the Pwllcaradog waterfall may be seen from the train, over the clili of which a British chief- tain is said to have thrown himself after defeat; From the tunnel the line descends into Strata. Florida, giving a view at the siding to the left of a quarry bought by the Aberystwyth Corporation (regardless of expense) for the harbour pier, and, before leaving the top, of Ystrad Meurig, where once a castle stood, and where, in 1774, Edward Richards founded a grammar school for the education of poor children in the Latin language and in the principles of the Church of England—where, too, in times past, it was no un- common thing to find young men with a better know- ledge of Latin than of English. Perhaps it would not be too much to say that this school has supplied the Welsh Church with hundreds of its clergy. The great points of interest, however, in the neighbourhood of Strata Florida station are Pontrhydfendigaed, the ruins of Strata Florida Abbey, and the nine pools wherein the River Teify has its source. At Pontrhydfendigaed (the bridge of the blessed ford) is a chalybeate spring and one or two hostelries. About a mile distant frem the village, turning to the left, is the ruined arch oj Strata Florida Abbey and the Abbey Farm, occupied by a cousin of Mr Joseph Arch and by continuing the walk up the stream, the pedestrian will come to the Teify Pools, situate in the midst of a remarkably wild country. The pools are reserved by the Earl of Lisburne. TREGARON. A run of about six miles over a moorland, the haunt of wild fowls and the site of great peat beds, takes the train to Tregaron, which should be visited o,n Tuesdays when the markets are in full swing, and the peculiar characteristics of the place are more apparent than on ordinary days. Tregaron cobs are noted for their excellence and fetch high prices. Twm Shon Catti, the wild wag of Wales, a sort of mixture between Robin Hood and Dick Turpin, had his residence here, and, after marrying the heiress of Ystrad-ffin, became Mayor of the town, and a compiler of genealogies. An account of his pranks and the history of his life has been written but the. book is scarce. Four miles south of Tregaron is Llangeitho, which is to Welsh- men something what Jerusalem was to the Jews, for there Welsh Nonconformity, to a very great ex- tent, received its inspiration in the treatment Row- lands received fnin the Church and in his wonderful preaching. In his day it was no uucommon thing for thousands to gather at Llangeitho from the uttermost parts of Wales to hear his preaching and to take the sacrament. It is said that Handel conceived his idea of the Hallelujah Chorus at one of these meetings where he heard the words of Gogoiiiant (,gloryl shouted by the people. PONTLLANIO. Shortly after leaving Tregaron, the train passes over the Teify, noted for the excellence of its salmon, runs along its banks, and in four miles pulls up at Pont- llanio, the site of the Roman Station, Loventium. Mr Lloyd Williams, of Lampeter College, has recently been making excavations at Llanio-issa, about a mile from the railway station, and succeeded in unearthing the foundations of a Roman bath. Llangeitho, to the right of the station, is easily reached from Pontllanio About two miles to the left, is Llanddewibrefi, a village which takes its name from two traditions. Llanddewi means the Church of St. David, the patron saint of Wales, who at a synod held here in the sixth century refuted Pelagius, on which occasion the hillock on which the church now stands arose under his feet so that he might the better command the attention of his hearers. The latter part of the word means bellow- owing," and has reference to a tradition that when the original church was being built and oxen had to draw stone over the mountain, one of them fell down ex- hausted and its bellowing caused the mountain to divide, and a convenient roadway to appear leading to he site of the church. DERIW ORMOND, LAMPETER, &C. The next two stations are Derry Ormond and Lam- peter. At the former station are the village and parish church of Bettws Bledrws, the residence of Mr Inglis Jones, and the site of a monument to Wellington. At Lam peter, a cleanly, well-arranged town, is St. David's Church of England College, founded by Bishop Burgess. The terminus of the line is at Pencader, where a branch line leads up to Llandyssul, whence coach starts for Cardigan. Between Lampeter and Pencader are several stations and an interesting district; but, most likely, few visitors at Aberystwyth will care to go below Lampeter.
11 1- I HARLECH (for Information sec Sth page of L\'rd itj<m- Lay VUllor.) ABERDOVEY.
MACHYNLLETH. P, GENERAL INFORMATION. c,p^a^an of Board of Guardians, Mr R. Gillart; tr Howell; County Court Registrars, Mr D. we! and Mr D. Evans. Stamp Office, Mr J. ioma8. chemist. Station master, Mr A. B. Wilcock. j R._erf.1 Club, Messrs R. Lewis and R. 0. Davies; Con- Servatrve Club, Mr D. Gillart. P POSTAL REGULATIONS. irtdri1 i ^or -Aberystwyth, Dolgelley and inter- FnvAk t0WnS at 6-0, a-m-> and to all parts at 9.0 a.m. andCorris at 4.40 p.m.; general night at b.30 p.m., 10 minutes extra with extra stamp, S olIvery from all parts at 7.30 p. m. and at 5.30 p. m. On at fi re *s oue delivery at 10 a.m. post closing j p.m. Telegraph office open from 8 to 8 on ways, and from 8 to 10 a.m. on Sundays. j^fonal Provincial Bank, manager, Mr H. Lloyd R PLACES OF WORSHIP. woli 4 at St. Peters and Christ Church as at the Presbyterian Chapel; Welsh services at J jUr°kes as well as at Calvinistic Methodist, In- pendent, Wesleyan and Baptist Chapels. FT BOATING, BATHING AND FISHING. £ ,the Dovey »iay be hired of Mr Hugh i ,re are several convenient spots in the XTS: ourhood of the town for bathing in the river. Not Inly does the Dovey afford opportunities for recrea- w?11!111 ese ways> but the river is one of the best in Wales fo." salmon, sewin and trout fishing. The manor M Cyfeiliog; with all running waters, was granted by Charles II to John Pugh of Mathavarn, and is now held by Sir W.atkins Williams Wynn. It is strictly preserved, but the necessary tickets may be obtained of Mr J. Thomas, chemist, or of the river keeper at Cemmaes Village. RECREATION GROUNDS. Penrallt is a precipitous hill overlooking the town commanding a ful1 view of the valley and estuary of the Dovey. the Wylfa, a hill to the south of the •oj™' ^eludes the above-named view, with Cardigan S The Park Common on either MINERAL SPRINGS. There are chalybeate wells just outside of the town at Llynlleodd, as well as at Hafodygarreg li miles out of the town on the Aberystwyth road. There are open baths at Penegoes, one mile to the north, which h,we been used for generations and have the reputa- tion pf having cured people suffering from rheumatism. SITUATION, &c. Machynlleth, which is supposed to have been the Maglona o the Romans, is situated on the fine salmon river Dovey. It stands in a magnificent valley where several passes through the surrounding mountains converge, and is five miles from the sea. Owen Glyndwr, who in 1402 made the Jast struggle for Welsh Independence, is said sumnioned a- Parliament at Machynlleth, at winch he was proclah/ied Prince of Wales. The house where the Parliament i*.s held is still intact. An old atmpar-a™ in -'783 formerly gave a quaint bv an eWan+ !le ,town, but in 1873 it was replaced coming-oFa Ci° tower built to commemorate the then v isoftinri t° Present Marquess of Londonderry, carried • Castloreagh. Flannel manufacture is enampllinr, town and neighbourhood, slate there nr at ^sgei'geilog on the Corris Railway, and MAWDDWY,ESD°SNDT?Y.'1UARRIES TV 4.T, WALKS. tiir.ii ,°* town, over the South Dulas, to Felingerrig, along the river bank ti Cambrian line, thence along the Dovey river to 4r.+ °!? vey bridge and the turnpike road leading «ito the town. To the east of the town, over the Dulas by Felin- gerrig bridge, to the left on the old road, through the woods to Caerlloi and Bryntudur, where the valley of the Dovey comes into full view up to Mallwyd and Dinas Mawddwy. p Continue along the road to the east for 1| mile when is reached, a picturesque village. Near the <^ools are mineral baths. It was in this village that llson the landscape painter was born. After Witing the church, cross the road past the Vicarage, a!Vp proceed along a lane to Penrhosmawr and Forge village where the Dulas descends over craigs and runs among boulders and the scenery gives fine opportunity to the artist. Here, it is said, the Romans worked several mines and manufacured their goods. Cross the ivy-covered bridge and follow the road into Mach- ynlleth. To the east end of the town and turn to the right, pass Ogowyddan Mine, and continue the road to the side of Cerrigclochty Quarry, Forge village and the river Dulas being beneath to the left. Rhiwlwyfan farm is then reached and commands a view of Uwchygarreg 1ron Church, the Ceniarth valley and Plynlymon range of mountains. Follow the road to Bwlch farm, when one of two roads may be taken—to the right past "Glanymeryn farm and a pretty stream, into the town- ship road running past Gelligoch into the Machynlleth road or, take a southerly course over the *u whence the Llyfnant Valley and the Dovey stuary can be seen. To the south of the town and ascend the Wylfa lIill, by a lane to the left. At the summit is Brynglas which was used as a summer house by Owen Glyndwr. Follow the turnpike road to Gelligoch Bridge, turn to the left, pass Gelligoch farm and proceed to Felin- j-hysglog Falls which are worth seeing. By keeping to the left the pedestrian will be brought to Wylfa Rill. 101, To the north of the town, past the Railway Station, and on to Dovey Bridge, thence to Cwmgila Farm by a path leading over the hills to Tywyllnydwydd and the village of Pennal, where the Royal Fern grows. Instead of taking the direction to Pennal, turn to the right at Cwmgila, so past Gelligen farm and proceed over the hills through the woods to Pantperthog, where the Corris train may be taken back into Mach- ynlleth or, the pedestrian can cross the river to the old coach road where a magnificent view may be had of the Merionethshire side. The village of Llanwrin form3 an interesting object for a walk. Leave the Dovey bridge by the road to the right, proceed to Fridd Gate and on to Llanwrin. At Llanwrin the church may be visited, and by following the road a short distance, Mathafarn, said to have been the habitation in 1485 of David Llwyd ap Llewelyn, a poet and scholar, another of those who entertained the Earl of Richmond on his march from Milford, By following the road, Cemmaes road station will be reached, where train may be taken back to Machynlleth. TRIPS. Llyfnant Valley.-This beautiful retreat may be easily reached from Machynlleth by leaving the town by the south road, turning up the lane to the left by Plas Lodge, and by following the road up the valley to Glaspwll, where to the right a beautiful waterfall may be seen, and to the right a beautiful waterfall may be seen, and to the left a magnificent fern and tree- covered valley through which runs the Llyfnant. The scene changes nearly every minute of the walk. By going down the valley from Glaspwll, Glandovey Station will be reached in about 3 miles, where train may be taken into Machynlleth. Uorri-s. -Noone sojourning at Machynlleth even for a few days should fail to visit Corris, Talyllyn Lake and Cader Idris A narrow gauge line runs up to Corris, when conveyances run to Talyllyn lake, the foot of Cader Idris, and the centre of the wildest portions of wild Wales. Aberdovey, Toioyn, Borth, <tc.—A few miles run by train will bring the visitor either to sea board at Aber- dovey or Towyn, &c. on the coast line or to Borth and its extensive mains on the main line. Gelligen Stone Steps.-Curious water excavations may be seen in the Gelligen Steps, which lie three miles out of Machynlleth by way of Pantperthog. The better way, however, of seeing the Chests is to go to Llwyngwern on the Corris line. Mott ii tai)ts. -There are rocks at Pennant (10 miles), and an almost perpendicular waterfall of great depth a lake at Cwmrhaiadr (5 miles), but if the visitor to Machynlleth wants mountain climbing he may select from half-a-dozen mountains which lie close at hand. There is Plynlymon (2,463 feet), approached in eleven miles by the Llanidloes road; Arran-gessel, (2,224 feet), five miles out of town Arran Fawddwy (2,972 feet), reached by taking train to Dinas Mawddwy (the smallest city in the world), whence it is four miles off; and, last, but not least, Cader Idris (2,929 feet) the most beautiful of all the Welsh mountains to the foot, of which at Talyllyn the Corris train and convey- ances will assist the tourist.
CORRIS. POSTAL ARRANGEMENTS. Post closes at 5.15 a.m. and 5.40 p.m.; in the summer at 6 p.m. Delivery commences at 7.30 a.m. and 6p.m. Telegraph office open from 8 to 8 week days, and 8 to 10 on Sundays. No delivery or despatch on Sundays. T RELIGIOUS SERVICES. English service at the Church at 11.30, vicar, the Rev R. J. Edwards Welsh services at the Calvinistic Methodist Chapel (Rev W. Williams); Independent (Rev W. C. Jones); and Wesleyan (Rev T. Thomas). Welsh services in church and chapels commence at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday schools at 2 p.m. FISHING. The river Dulas is free from Corris to its source. It is also free near Esgergeiliog with the consent of the sgc tenant, Mr Owen, Cwmcadian Farm. The other portions are reserved. Talyllyn lake is free with the consent of Mr John Jones, Tynycornel. WALKS. Follow the road to the right from the Station through the village. Take the first turning to the right over the railway, and next a bridge, afterwards to the right to the back of Fronfelin Hall, and then take the path which leads to the top of the mountain whence can be seen Cader Idris, Plynlimon (in South Wales), the valley of the Dovey and the sea. Another interesting walk may be had by going through a gate on the left after crossing the bridge referred to above and passing three cottages, going up the mountain path to Galltyrhiw. This path leads in two miles to Aberllefenny, the river being crossed by a bridge. A highway runs from Aberllefenny back to Corris. TRIPS. Aberllefenny.-To the right from the Station and continue along the highway for two miles, when Aber- llefenny will be reached, and the picturesque valley appears to be closed by towering mountains. Aber- llefenny has prosperous slate quarries from which are produced slabs noted all over the world for their excellence. It also possesses an old mansion, the property of the Lord Lieutenant of Merioneth. It was built in the reign of Queen Elizabeth, was once the residence of a member of Parliament, and gave lodging to Henry VII. when on his way from South Wales to the battle of Bosworth. It is related that the occupant of the house had the reputation of being a seer, and the Prince consulted him as to his chances of success during the next encounter with Richard. The seer promised to give the answer next morning, but though he spent the night in studying the stars, they were silent. When morning came, his
TANYBWLCH. Tanybv/lch, or Maentivrog, is situated in the middle of the far-famed Vale of Festiniog. It is a charming retreat for the healtli-seeker, the angler, or the admirer of the beautiful in nature. It van be reached from the coast by changing at Minifordd, on the Cambrian for the Festiniog line and taking a ticket for Tanybwlch, from which station the village lies about two miles distance. The Oakcley Arms Hotel has been for many years noted for the excellent accommodation it provides for tourists. Within easy distance of the hotel are the slate quarries of Festiniog, the Cynfael and other waterfalls, and any amount of mountain climbing for the pedestrian, and subjects for the artist. o
ABERDOVEY. GENERAL INFORMATION. -ties Chairman of Local Board, Mr James Webster; clerk, Mr W. R. Davies, Dolgelley inspector, Mr Edward Williams, Aberdovey surveyor, Mr P. H. Hughes, Towyn and medical officer, Dr Grosholz. Registrar of Births, Relieving Otlicer, Mr William Jones. Custom House Officer Mr J. Thomas. Import and Export Company: Secretary, Mr J. Robertson. School Board Chairman, Mr James Webster; vice-chairman, Mr W. W. Jones clerk, Mr P. H. Hughes. Station- master, Mr J. Davies. POST OFFICE REGULATIONS, Post closes at 5.40 p.m. Delivery commences at 8 a m. and 0.30 p.m.; Sundays at 10.10 a.m. Post- master, Mr E. Bell. WALK, &c. Llyn Barfoq.—On the side of the picturesque hill that rises behind Aberdovey is a small mountain lake, a visit to which will amply repay the trouble incurred. The shortest way to it is along the Machynlleth road, two miles, turn up at Abergroes, the defile of Tafol- graig, and ascend Cefnrhos-ucha a mile, when the lake will be seen. The view, looking backward, of the estuary and of the Cardiganshire hills on the opposite side, is very fine. Llyn Baring, or the Bearded Lake, is little more than a mountain tarn, and has little in itself to recommend it. Tuere is, however, an in- terested legend connected with it, which legend runs as follows :-Thu lake formed one of the iuany
wife, seeing him look so miserable and discomfited, inquired the reason, and when she heard it, smiled at her good man's want of wit. "Tell him, of course," she said "that he will succeed. If he does he will reward you, and if he does not he will be unable to return to reproach you." The return to Corris may be made through the fields; or the journey may be extended into Dolgelley in oi miles by turning up the valley to the left. This walk over the mountain is an exceedingly beautiful one. It is understood that arrangements are being made to continue the narrow- gauge line on to Aberllefenny. Talyllyn and Cader Idris.—The lions of the Corris district are undoubtedly Talyllyn lake and Cader Idris mountain. The line ends at Corris, but during the summer months conveyances ply between Corris and Talyllyn, and visitors wishful of booking seats should communicate before their visit with Mr J. R. Dix, the general manager of the line. All writers who have said anything about this district unite in praising it. A Welsh writer says, Nid oes odid ddyffryn cul a golygfeydd mor amrywiol a swynol iddo yn Nghmru, ag yw yr hwn a orwedd rhwng Corris a Machynlleth." An English writer adds—"The little Corris railway takes the traveller almost into the heart of one of the most lovely regions in Wales. The valley of the Dulas, through which the railway runs, is charming enough to give a foretaste of the greater glories to come. The train rushes on among the trees they almost brush our faces, and through the delicious green here and there we see the river dancing in the sunshine. On either hand the mountains rise. They have peculiar names about here—Trum Tair Taran and Briddell Arw are the summits on our left, reach- ing an altitude of over 2,000 feet. The railway journey is all too short, though when Corris is reached, and we turn our backs upon the region of slate, we are only on the threshold of Mwyngil, the charming retreat which centres in the placid waters of Talyllyn. A walk of two miles bring us within sight of the lake, with the topmost precipices of Cader Idris only about the same distance away as the crow flies, and another mile, near the water side, will take us to our inn, where, if anywhere, the wearied spirit may find rest, drinking in the beauty of a scene too exquisite to be described in words. Across the lake rise the buttresses of Cader behind us Mynydd Rhugog and Craig Goch. Whether we love fishing or lounging or climbing, Talyllyn is the place for us and the cairn on Cader Idris can be reached on pony-back if we prefer it, or by the steeper path which leaves the Machynlleth road at Minffordd, and passing a pretty cascade, leads the mountaineer to Llyn-y-cae, where precipices spring from the waters of the lake almost like Cyclopean walls. Nor are the attractions of Mwyngil yet half exhausted, for where is there a finer walk than by the high road to Dolgelley, or better still, over the eastern shoulders of Cader Idris to the quaint old town?" Marianne Farningham, the popular writer, who walked from Talyllyn to Corris, said-An excursion which everyone should take once in a life- time id that to the lake Talyllyn. The walk of three miles from the lake to Corris is one of the most delightful in Wales. On the right is a tumbling little stream, with here and there a waterfall, and all sorts of lovely things growing beside it. The views are wonderful, especially when we turn back and include Cader Idris among the mountains. The banks, all along the high road, are covered with ferns and flowers, the beautiful beech fern being as common as the bracken. Corris in another slate quarry place, built in the valley with hills all round, and most charmingly situated. As for the railway, there is really nothing quite like it. It is only between five and six miles in length, and it fulfills the name of the Toy Railway," even better than that of Festiniog. The carriages have seats placed lengthways and glass windows along the entire length, so that the occu- pants, instead of having to stare at each other, can look out upon the scenery and admire the rugged rock, the pine clothed hill, the snowy waterfall, the rushing stream, the green wood, or the cultivated field, as one by one they come into vision.