Mid Wales Day Explorer Tour
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2016 Extended Day Tours
Available for Private Groups of 8+ only
►Rhayader, the oldest town in Mid Wales
►Elan Dams & Reservoirs
►Hidden Valley of Mynydd Eppynt
►Carreg Cennen Castle
►Brecon Beacons National Park (West & Central Regions)
► top of the range Mercedes air-conditioned mini-coach
► professional driver
► tour guide.
►Lunch & refreshments.
►Entrance fee to Carreg Cennen Castle Adult £4.00 | *Concession £3.50 | **Family Ticket £12.00
*Concession= 60 years and over, students & children under 16 years old
** Fanily Ticket admits 2 adults and all children under 16 years
Tour summary: a journey to the centre of Wales, where north meets south and east meets west to visit 'wild Wales', a National Park, enjoy views of stunning Welsh countryside, scenic reservoirs and visit one of the most romantic castles in Britain.
►Start time 08:30 & return 18:30 approx
►Departs from the National Museum Cardiff - map
Depart from Cardiff and travel north to Libanus Visitors Centre, located in the central area of the Brecon Beacons National Park Ideal location to view the Brecon Beacons Mountain range and the highest peak in the park and southern Britain. (Toilets, shop & cafe)
Continue our journey northward to view the Cambrian Mountains, located between the Snowdonia and Brecon Beacons National Park. Some say that the 'real Wales' is found in the rugged scenery of the Cambrian Mountains, described as 'Wild Wales', dotted with traditional hill farms and small rural communities. More sheep than people, and far less traffic, in fact the emptiness and the beauty of its surroundings is most appealing to visitors.
Rhayader, the oldest town in Mid Wales dating back to the 5th century, offering a natural crossroads between east and west north and south. Used by the Roman army as a stop-over camp and drovers to take livestock to far off markets and bring back goods and news. Lunch stop and free time.
Sightseeing tour of Elan Valley, known as the "Welsh Lake District" an area of moorland, rivers and woodland, and the creation of spectacular dams and reservoirs which blend seamlessly in the natural beauty that surrounds them.. Ample photo stops provided.
In the afternoon we visit the hidden valley of Mynydd Eppynt, an amazing wild and natural area which has been preserved and protected.
Our journey travels to the western region of the Brecon Beacon National Park to visit Carreg Cennen Castle, 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 on a steep pathway 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 ample time for refreshments at the farm shop tearooms which also 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 south for the return journey to Cardiff.
Return to Cardiff at 6.30pm. approximately.
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