Iolo's Great Welsh Parks

Padarn Country Park

Series 3 - Episode 3 Padarn Country Park



A look of pure joy flashes across Iolo Williams’s face as he hears the distinctive call of a ring ouzel; he’s equally entranced by the “descending song” of the wood warbler. In Padarn Country Park, these summer migrant birds are just two of the wildlife treasures that nestle within 800 stunning acres.

Near to where the Snowdon Mountain Railway begins a gruelling ascent, the park, which was once a vast slate quarry, has its own Llanberis Lake Railway, using the original steam locomotives that worked the mine.

Throughout this visit to a visually arresting part of north Wales, Williams is his usual upbeat, charming and inquisitive self. No stone – or slate, even – is left unturned.


Nature expert Iolo Williams visits Padarn Country Park near Llanberis in Snowdonia, hoping to see the likes of ring ouzel, wood warblers and pied flycatchers. Created on the site of an old slate quarry, the park is set in a stunning landscape surrounded by the highest mountains in Wales, and hidden in the woodland are derelict buildings, once used to store gunpowder, and the old quarry work levels are favourite places for slow-worms.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Iolo Williams
Director John Gwyn
Editor Jane Murrell
Producer John Gwyn