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Welsh Wilderness Railways

Welsh Wilderness Railways

With few good roads across this remote unspoilt wilderness landscape, these heritage railways allow us to fully appreciate the magnificent surroundings.

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With few good roads across this remote unspoilt wilderness landscape, these heritage railways allow us to fully appreciate the magnificent surroundings.

Escape to Wales’s high country – it’s an inspirational place with muscular mountains and green curvaceous hills.  The landscapes are laced with clear flowing rivers – in fact there’s water everywhere from reed fringed pools to beautiful deep lakes.  The Cambrian Mountains region is a well kept secret, a hidden gem offering history and tradition in a truly unspoilt wild open wilderness. With only a few good roads across this remote landscape our tour utilises three heritage railways to fully appreciate your magnificent surroundings. If you like your landscapes untouched by the ravages of time where nature still reigns supreme, this is the tour for you!

ITINERARY


SUNDAY - Morning departure from Dorset, cross the Severn Bridge into Wales and stop at Abergavenny for lunch. Continue to Llandrindod and after check-in & porterage enjoy dinner.
MONDAY - Tour through the Cambrian Mountains to Aberystwyth to join the Vale of Rheidol Railway from Aberystwyth to Devil's Bridge. The steam train provides an unforgettable journey through spectacular scenery, twisting and turning as it clings to the hillside. A round trip takes 3 hours including 1 hour at Devils Bridge to view the falls. Afternoon to enjoy Aberystwyth, it has an impressive promenade, a ruined castle and an important university.
TUESDAY - Morning free to explore Llandrindod Wells, a spa town since Roman times, renowned for its health-giving waters. Afternoon tour through the Elan Valley - an area of outstanding beauty and a "must see" of mid-Wales. The lakes have been formed by damming the river valleys to provide water for the English Midlands. A stop at the Visitor Centre provides a historical background and an insight into the geology, nature and heritage.
WEDNESDAY - Visit the Old Station at Welshpool, designed in the style of a French Chateau it is now used for retail although the original booking office and many railway artefacts are on display. Transfer to the nearby terminus of the Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway and enjoy a 2½ hour round trip over 16 miles of tight curves and steep gradients - it's not fast but we're in no hurry! A 1 hour stop over at Llanfair Caereinion allows time to visit the teashop for lunch.
THURSDAY - Drive to Pant Station near Merthyr Tydfil and join the steam hauled Brecon Mountain Railway for a journey alongside the beautiful Taf Fechan Reservoir. At Pontsticil you can alight and visit the café, admire the view and stroll alongside the lake. On return to Pant one hour later there is time to visit the loco sheds. An opportunity to get lunch here before returning to Dorset by late afternoon.

B, D

B=Breakfast, D=Dinner

METROPOLE HOTEL, Llandrindod Wells

A family owned and managed hotel whose reputation assures high standards and a warm welcome.  Wonderful surrounding countryside complements the splendour of this Victorian style hotel which is conveniently situated close to the town centre.  120 bedrooms all offer private bathroom with toiletries and hairdryer, telephone, trouser press, tea tray, radio and colour tv, free wifi and all accessible by lift.  The restaurant maintains a reputation for fine cuisine and there is a spacious lounge/bar in which to relax.  For the more energetic the hotel also offers a spectacular indoor leisure pool, a gym and sauna.

 

TOUR PRICE : £459.00 per person

Single Room Supplement : £50.00

 

Price Includes  • All coach travel  • 4 nights hotel accommodation  • Half board meals  • Rheidol Railway fare  •  W&L Railway fare  •  Brecon railway fare  •  Entry to Elan visitor centre  •  VAT

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

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Name Address Contact Details
Beaminster Area Convenient local point in Beaminster to be advised
Blandford Area Convenient local point in Blandford to be advised
Bournemouth Area Convenient point in Bournemouth to be advised
Branksome Area Convenient point in Branksome to be advised
Bridport Area Convenient local point in Bridport to be advised
Britannia Inn Britannia Inn, Fortuneswell, Portland
Charlestown The Alexandra Inn, Chickerell Road, Charlestown
Chickerell Bluebird Garage, Chickerell Road
Corfe Castle Convenient point in Corfe Castle to be advised
Courtlands Portland, Courtlands bus stop
Dorchester South Station Dorchester South Station bus stop
Dorchester TOT Top O'Town Car Park (by cafe), Dorchester
Easton Easton Square, Portland
Ferndown Area Convenient local point in Ferndown to be advised
Foords Corner Foords Corner bus stop, Wyke Regis
Jestys Avenue Bus stop end of Jestys Avenue on Littlemoor Road
Littlemead Broadwey, Littlemead bus stop (Swan Inn)
Lodmoor Hill Lodmoor Hill Bus Stop (near Post Office)
Lyme Regis Convenient local point in Lyme Regis to be advised
Lyndale bus stop Wyke Regis, Lyndale Bus Stop
Nottington Broadwey, Nottington Corner bus stop
Other Points in Dorset Phone us to discuss a convenient pick up.
Poole Area Convenient local point in Poole to be advised
Poundbury QMSE Poundbury Queen Mother Square bus stop
(Coach heading into Dorchester)
Radipole Spa Hotel bus stop, Radipole
Redlands Redlands, Opposite Garage
Ridgeway Bottom (DNU) DO NOT USE
Ringwood Area Convenient local point in Ringwood to be advised
Rodwell Rodwell Traffic Lights, Rodwell Rd/Rodwell Ave
Sgt Bunn St Bunn Bakery, Lanehouse Rocks Road
Sherborne Area Convenient local point in Sherborne to be advised
Southwell Portland, Southwell, Opposite Eight Kings Inn
St Edmunds Church St Edmunds Church, Lanehouse Rocks Road
St Johns Church Weymouth, St Johns Church, outside Dentist
St Nicholas Church St Nicholas Church, Buxton Road, Weymouth
Sturminster Newton Area Convenient point in Stur. Newton to be advised
Swanage Area Convenient local point in Swanage to be advised
To be advised To be advised - Approx. 2 weeks before travel
Upton Area Convenient local point in Upton to be advised
Upwey (DNU) DO NOT USE
Value House Value House Car Park
Victoria Square Victoria Square bus stop, Portland
Wareham Area Convenient local point in Wareham to be advised
Westwey Road Westwey Rd, Magistrates Court, Weymouth
Weymouth Bluebird Weymouth, Outside Bluebird Office,
K1 bus stop
Wimborne Area Convenient local point in Wimborne to be advised
Wool Area Convenient local point in Wool to be advised
Wyke Smuggler Smugglers Inn, Wyke Regis
Yeovil Area Convenient local point in Yeovil to be advised
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