Mid Wales Day Explorer
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1-Day Extended Day Tour
Satuday 16 August 2014
~Carreg Cennen Castle
~Brecon Beacons National Park (West & Central Regions)
~Dolaucothi Roman Gold Mine
~Hidden Valley of Mynydd Epynt
Prices GBP: Adult £55.00 | Over 60s & Student (ID required) £50.00 | Child £25.00 over 3 yr under 16 years
Includes: top of the range Mercedes air-conditioned mini-coach, professional driver and tour guide.
Extras Not Included
Lunch and refreshments.
Carreg Cennen Castle Adult £4.00 | *Concession £3.50 | **Family Ticket £12.00
Gold Mine Dolaucothi Roman Gold Mine £6.00 per person.
*Concession= 60 years and over, students & children under 16 years old
** Fanily Ticket admits 2 adults and all children under 16 years
Tour starts from the National Museum Cardiff - map
Additional tour dates available for groups of 8 or more persons.
Tour Summary:A wonderful mix of rural landscapes and two hertiage sites. Carreg Cennen Castle, voted one of the most romantic ruins in the UK and Dolaucothi, Britain's only Roman Gold Mine combined with stunning countryside from mountains to lush valleys in a tranquil setting.
8:30am Depart from Cardiff and travel north to the Libanus Visitors Centre located in the central area of the Brecon Beacons National Park for a short stop.
Next we travel along vast moorland to the hidden valley of Mynydd Epynt, an amazing wild and natural area which has been preserved and protected. The area is often called Wild Wales due to its remote and stunning landscape.
Our journey continues travelling to the centre of Wales to Dolaucothi Gold Mines, nestled in the heart of 2,500-acre estate with breathtaking views. The mines date back 2,000 years to a time when the open cast gold workings were secured by the Roman army and is the only roman goldmine in Britain where you can explore underground labyrinth. Your guided tour does involve climbing steep slopes and steps to the entrance, so you need enclosed footwear. For those preferring a less energetic tour, take the Long Audit tour with no steep climbs and a smooth tarmac surface, something for everyone! On the site is the Welsh gold jewellery shop which is worth a visit and cafeteria selling local food. Everyone is requested to pay the entrance fee to enter.
After lunch we head back into the Brecon Beacons National Park to the remote western section visit Carreg Cennen Castle which is near the town of Llandeilo. The castle is described by BBC Countryfile Magazine as one of the most romantic ruins in the UK and has under ground appeal too, a vaulted passageway carved into the cliff leads to a natural cave deep beneath its foundation. Legend says that the site was originally used by Urien, one of King Arthur’s Knights of the Round Table. The castle is on the site of a working hill farm with livestock to include pedigree Longhorn cattle, Welsh Mountain sheep, Welsh Cob horses and various poultry. The walk from the farm at the foot of the rock to the entrance of the castle is optional. The pathway is steep but well worth the effort to enjoy fabulous views of the Black Mountain and the colourful Welsh countryside. If you do not want to visit the castle, there's plenty of scenery to enjoy at low level. After the castle tour, refreshments at the tearooms. There is also a craft shop which has a good selection of souvenirs and Welsh crafts. This location is a few miles from Prince Charles only residence in Wales.
Late afternoon we travel east then south on our return journey to Cardiff.
Return to Cardiff at 6.30pm. approximately.