A Mountain Railway Adventure - Bespoke Holiday in Snowdonia
Dementia Adventure offers bespoke holidays - planning a holiday according to a client's needs and your enjoyment. Last month Dementia Adventure took Frank and Kate Cashmore on a bespoke holiday to North Wales.
Frank, who lives with dementia, absolutely loves trains. Dementia Adventure created a holiday just for him that explored the railways and sights of Snowdonia National Park with the support of Adventure Leader Jesse Reed.
Jesse collected Frank and Kate from their home and together they travelled to a "cosy and well-equipped" cottage in Harlech in Gwynedd. The town lies close to the foothills of Snowdon, on the edge of Cardigan Bay. The cottage was ideally placed for the local amenities and was within walking distance of the beaches, golf course and Harlech Castle.
Harlech is famous for its medieval castle which proved to be a fun day out as was an afternoon at the unique and beautiful village of Portmeirion, most famously known as the set for the 1960's TV programme The Prisoner.
During the course of the week they also managed to travel 3 popular steam and diesel railways within the Snowdon National Park. First up was the Welsh Highlands Railway, a 25 mile heritage railway that operates from Caernarfon to Porthmadog. Jesse then took Frank and Anne on the Ffestiniog railway which is roughly 13 miles long and runs from the harbour at Porthmadog to Ffestiniog, travelling through forested and mountainous scenery. Finally they ventured on the Snowdon Mountain Railway which runs for just under 5 miles to the summit peak of Snowdon, the highest peak in England and Wales. Frank thoroughly enjoyed each trip as evidenced by the radiant smile on his face the whole time.
For Frank and Kate this holiday provided a much needed break. Kate said they felt "well supported" which allowed them to do things they cannot do alone. She described the holiday as giving them an opportunity to "create great new memories and revisit old ones." She said she loved everything about the trip and "wouldn't change a thing".
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