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Central Wales – Trains, Ales and Gardens

12 to 16 June
United Kingdom

Many of you have visited the railways and mountains of North Wales with us over the years. Now I would like to introduce you to the Central Wales, Trains, Real Ales and Gardens Tour. Here we travel the picturesque Heart of Wales line from Shrewsbury through beautiful countryside. Along the Knucklas viaduct to the summit at Sugar Loaf. Through the Sugar Loaf tunnel and along the Cynghordy viaduct. The train travels onto Swansea. We will stop at Llandeilo, one of Carmarthenshire’s little market towns. From here we travel out to the Teifi Valley railway and the Gwili Valley railway. Visit the gardens of Aberglasney and the National Botanical Gardens of Wales. What more could you ask for? Maybe a cool glass of real ale? Evan Evans Brewery is here in Llandeilo, where better to sample this, than the local pub.

So why not join our tour manager, Marion, in her own backyard, for a relaxing long weekend.

From: Shrewsbury or any UK rail station

Tour Manager: Marion . Feel free to email Marion at marion@ptg.co.uk 

 
Itinerary

Day 1 Friday 12 June (D) Meeting in Shrewsbury at the Victoria Wharf for our tour on the Sabrina boat. Our journey will take approximately 1 hour as we travel on the Severn River around the lovely town of Shrewsbury. We will pass the beautiful park and gardens and see how they have evolved since the days of Percy Thrower, whose final career move was to Shrewsbury in 1946, as the Parks Superintendent, where he became the youngest parks superintendent. He had a staff of about 35. After our journey we will have time for lunch before meeting again in the railway station for our journey on the Heart of Wales line to the market town of Llandeilo.  We will have a transfer to the 4-star Cawdor Hotel where we stay for the next four nights. Time to relax before meeting up for dinner in a local real ale pub. There is an option to stay for your evening dinner in the hotel which is situated in the centre of town (supplement). There can be fewer towns in Wales more attractive than Llandeilo in Carmarthenshire, sitting proudly on a hill above the river Tywi. And there are fewer valleys lovelier than the Tywi, the longest river which flows entirely through Wales.

Day 2 Saturday 13 June (B,L) This morning we will meet up after breakfast for our transfer to the Teifi Valley narrow gauge railway. The Teifi Valley Railway was created from a branch line of the Great Western Railway which served the West Wales rural area. Situated near the market town of Newcastle Emlyn between Carmarthen and Cardigan. We will spend some time here before moving onto Cenarth for lunch and a visit to the coracle museum. On our way back to Llandeilo we will stop at the National Botanical Garden of Wales, set in the beautiful Carmarthenshire countryside, the Garden is a fascinating blend of the modern and historic. Here you’ll find an inspiring range of themed gardens, the world’s largest single-span glasshouse, the British Bird of Prey Centre, a tropical Butterfly House, play areas and a national nature reserve, all set in a Regency landscape.

The house and upper walled garden at Aberglasney, Carmarthenshire, Wales, UK

Day 3 Sunday 14 June (B,L) Again we will meet up after breakfast for our transfer to the Gwili Valley Railway in Carmarthen (thought to be the oldest Town in Wales). The Gwili Steam Railway operates a standard gauge preserved railway from Bronwydd (near Carmarthen) in South Wales along a short section of the former Carmarthen to Aberystwyth railway that closed for passenger traffic in 1965, the track being lifted in 1975. The Gwili Railway was formed in 1975 and, by 1978, had purchased and rescued about eight miles of trackbed. After our visit here we will travel back to Llandeilo and stop at Aberglasney. A medieval house and gardens set in the Towy Valley. This beautiful property set in 10 acres of gardens was opened to the public in 1999. Here we will have our stop for lunch before moving on to Newton House (a National Trust property) in Dinefwr Park, Llandeilo. Those of you who still have some energy left there will be an optional walk to Dinefwr Castle overlooking the Towy Valley.

 6430 with autocoach working through the woods between Danycoed and Bronwydd Arms on the Gwili Railway

Day 4 Monday 15 June (B,L) Today we transfer to Brecon via the town of Llandovery. Situated on the western border of the National Park, Llandovery was described by the early travel writer George Borrow as ‘the pleasantest little town in which I have halted’. On arrival in Brecon we will board a canal boat for our journey on the the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal with a light lunch. The canal hugs the mountainside above the valley of the River Usk. Through the four seasons there are fine views and an abundance of wildlife to be seen. This will be followed by our trip to the Brecon Mountain Railway narrow gauge line. The line runs from Pant, 3 miles North of Merthyr Tydfil, to Torpantau following part of the route of the original Brecon & Merthyr Railway which closed in 1964. We travel from the main station at Pant in one of our all-weather Observation Carriages, behind a vintage Steam Locomotive. The journey takes you into the Brecon Beacons National Park, through Pontsticill and along the full length of the Taf Fechan Reservior before climbing to Torpantau high in the Brecon Beacons and the summit of the original line. Return to Llandeilo.

Brecon Canal

Brecon Mountain Railway

Day 5 Tuesday 16 June (B) This morning we will visit Tretower Court, a castle and medieval manor house with a re-created medieval garden. Tretower Court garden has a cobbled yard, a berber, an orchard and a meadow. before finishing our tour at Abergavenny in time for lunch before our trains home from Abergavenny railway station with trains back to Shrewsbury or south to Swansea.

Hotel

The Cawdor, Llandeilo (4-star)   

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Prices (per person)

  • From Shrewsbury: £735 in a twin/double, £915 in a single room
  • From any UK rail station: POA

Price Includes

  • 4 nights at the Cawdor hotel in Llandeilo with breakfast
  • all excursions listed in the itinerary
  • services of our tour manager. Holiday is fully escorted from Shrewsbury
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