Snowdonia National Park is the setting (referred to as the Snowden Reserve in my book) for Brumley Hall and the surrounding parkland, as well as, the faerie realm of Urwelt. The Faerie especially love the lush green forests and plentiful waterfalls wherein they dwell. Snowdonia National Park lies on the northwest area of Wales and covers 823 square miles of diverse landscape from the highest mountain in England and Wales to woods with lush waterfalls and natural lakes. The park is home to over 26,000 people, more than half who speak Welsh, and picturesque villages such as Betws y Coed and Beddgelert. Snowdonia offers many outdoor activities along with natural wildlife and a strong cultural heritage. Activities include: hiking, mountain biking, fishing, gliding, ballooning, climbing, water sports, local festivals with Celtic music, poetry and dance, and a trip on the mountain railway.
The Lioness took all of her grandchildren on an outing on the Snowdon Mountain Railway train to the Summit of Snowdon, Eryri, Land of the Eagles. This is also the land of the Faerie, giants and Welsh kings who once held council in these ancient mountains. Soon after the train left the Llanberis station the track crossed the first of two viaducts over the Afon Hwch river with a wonderful view of the waterfall plunging into the gorge below. Bumbles thought it was a bit too wonderful and had to be yanked back into the train by Azalea before he tumbled through the window.
Soon the grandchildren saw their first “peek of the peak” of Snowdon as it poked its head above the ridge to the right of the train. The train soon passed Car Esgob, Bishops Field and the ruined Hebron Chapel before starting its ascent to the summit through spectacular countryside before finally revealing one of the worlds great panoramas on top of the summit. Schuyler informed Gran that King Arthur had vanquished the giant ogre Rhita and he is now buried under the mountain. As long as the giant was truly buried, Gran didn’t mind. She didn’t need any more intrusions at Brumley Hall to deal with, especially vanquished giants.
Although the Lioness lives nearby with her grandchildren and other assorted guests, I have not been so lucky to visit Wales and this beautiful park. A visit is on order before the next book in the series is published, the Faerie Queen willing.