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Welsh Borders Tour

The dramatic landscape of the Welsh Borders encompasses the Brecon Beacons National Park and the Cambrian Mountains, and is of sweeping views and of rugged escarpments, mountains and untamed moorland. See panoramas that stretch into the distance and take your breath away. Lying to the east of the Beacons is the Wye Valley, hailed as the most romantic valley in Wales. Ancient woodlands on the valley sides have created a haven for wildlife, with varied species of trees, wild flowers and birds.  There are three circular tours to discover and enjoy the Brecon Beacons, the Cambrian Mountains and the beautiful Elan Valley, as well as the Wye Valley’s stunning beauty and chequered history between the ancient clans and Kings.

Itinerary

May be subject to change.

Day 1

Arrive at your leisure anytime after 3pm.  For many it’s a lovely journey up the Usk Valley to the eponymous market town with its own castle. For those arriving early, why not enjoy a delightful Welsh afternoon tea on the hotel’s terrace overlooking the valley, possibly with a glass of Champagne.  Enjoy a fabulous dinner (not included).

Day 2

The first circular tour will lead you along the path of the old strongholds of the Normans as they fought to keep the Welsh armies at bay.  You will discover untold histories and and witness ancient architecture as well as enjoy a fabulous spot of lunch in the most charming of country pubs that overlook these wonderful relics of our time.  Drive south to Crickhowell and take a stroll around the pretty town which grew up around Alisby’s Castle, now a picturesque ruin and then Abergavenny overlooked by the Sugarloaf Mountain, and then onto Monmouth. In Agincourt Square is a statue of CS Rolls, of Rolls-Royce fame, whose family lived near here. Drive on to Raglan – home to one of Britain’s finest ruins, Raglan Castle, which was ransacked during the Civil War. Heading north through the valley (stopping for a fabulous lunch at a renowned pub on the way) and up over the Black Mountains to Hay on Wye ‘Town of Books’ known for its beautiful architecture, surrounding villages and renowned for its literary festival and the extraordinary number of second-hand book shops throughout the town.

Day 3

Today’s tour leads you deep in to the heart of the Beacons. Witnessing some of the most spectacular valley views and scenic wonders this country has to offer, you will have an extravagantly beautiful drive.  Drive south to Talybont and then across the Brecon Beacons  on some wonderful roads. drop down into the vallies, to the edge of the former coal-mining areas, before  driving the fabulous Black Mountain Pass to Llandovery. Continue onto Brecon, which is a pure delight, encircled by hills at the meeting point of the Rivers Usk and Honddu. Return to the hotel.

Day 4

Leave the hotel and head for the beautiful Abergwysen Pass and the Devil’s Staircase. Pass through delightful Welsh villages and towns which were built on the back of the droving communities. Head north to Devil’s Bridge (three bridges of different eras) and then head south down the stunning Elan Valley and on to Builth Wells. Return to the hotel.

Day 5

Depart for home.

Accommodation

Set in 17 acres of beautiful gardens, Llangoed Hall offers luxurious accommodation. Dating from 1632, Llangoed Hall is in the picturesque Wye Valley and 12 miles from the popular market town of Brecon. Each of the spacious rooms is individually decorated and furnished and many rooms have stunning Black Mountain views. The hall was formerly the home of Sir Bernard and Laura Ashley. The 2 AA Rosette restaurant offers a superb menu, with locally-sourced produce, including fruit and vegetables from the hotel’s own organic gardens. A full Welsh breakfast is provided. There are also many onsite activities such as falconry, clay-pigeon shooting and fishing.

What's Included?

  • An extensively researched and carefully designed itinerary to optimise your trip
  • A complete tour book detailing your routes, along with maps, and a tour book detailing places to visit and things to do in the areas you will pass through.
  • GPS/sat nav files with our recommended routes are also available for TomTom or Garmin (emailed).

Requirements

  • Please ensure you have suitable travel insurance
  • It is a good idea to carry a warning triangle, first-aid kit, fluorescent jacket, set of replacement bulbs and a national identification sticker.
  • The most important requirement is that you take pleasure in motoring through fabulous scenery, and relish individual, character hotels.
Route map

PDF version (emailed): £40
Printed, wire-bound copy (incl UK P&P): £69

4 nights / 3 days

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