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1-Day Extended Day Tour (NEW) Highlights ~Carreg Cennen Castle ~Black Mountain ~Rhayader ~Elan Valley (known as the 'Welsh' Lake District) ~Builth Wells 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. Services of professional driver and tour guide. Extras: Lunch and refreshments. Entrance fee to Carreg Cennen Castle Adult £4.00 | Concession £3.00
Earlier start time of 08:30 and returns at 18:30 approx
Tour starts from the National Museum Cardiff - map
2013 Tour Dates: Thursday 11 April Thursday 4 July Saturday 17 August Saturday 2 November Saturday 14 December Additional tour dates available for groups of 8 or more persons.
From Cardiff we travel west to Carreg Cennen Castle near Llandeilo in Carmarthenshire. Its spectacular ruins crown a 325-foot crag in the remote west corner of the Brecon Beacons National Park. The castle has a passageway cut into the cliff-face which leads to a natural cave beneath the fortifications. A legend relates to knights of King Arthur lived . There is a fairly steep climb to the castle, but well worth the effort to enjoy fantastic views. The castle is located on a working farm, with tearooms and gift shop.
We continue our journey travels north into Mid Wales, views of vast moorland and the hidden valley of Mynydd Epynt, an amazing wild and natural area which has been preserved and protected. The Cambrian Mountains, located between the Snowdonia and Brecon Beacons National Park come into view as we travel north. Some say that the 'real Wales' is found in the rugged scenery of these mountains, described as 'Wild Wales', dotted with traditional hill farms and small rural communities. The emptiness and the beauty of its surroundings it one of the main appeal to visitors.
Rhayader, the oldest town in mid Wales dating back to the 5th-century, offers a natural crossroads between east and west, north and south, used by Romans as a stop over camp, Monks journeyed between the Abbeys of Strata Florida and Abbey Cwm-hir and Drovers took their livestock to far off markets and brought back goods and news. Lunch stop
The Elan Valley, known as the 'Welsh Lake District', an area of spectacular scenery located right in the heart of mid Wales. The valley was flooded to satisfy the demand for water and the creation of five dams and reservoirs holding back millions of gallons of water. We make a stop at the visitor centre before driving through the Elan Estate - 70 square miles/181 square km of moorland, rivers and woodland, Plynlimon, which is the highest mountain in mid Wales at 2468 ft/ 758 m and spectacular dams which blend seamlessly with the natural beauty that surrounds them. King Edward VII opened the dams in 1904. Ample photo stops.
Late afternoon refreshment stop at Builth Wells
Return to Cardiff at 6.30pm. approximately.
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