Excursion Details

The Heart of Wales Wanderer

24/03/2018

Image courtesy of Paul Salveson.

Saturday 24th March, 2018

 

A CIRCULAR SCENIC RAILTRIP DIAGONALLY ACROSS WALES, THROUGH ROLLING HILLS AND ISOLATED VILLAGES, WITH A LATE MORNING SHORT BREAK IN SHREWSBURY.

 

The Heart of Wales Line is a rambling railway that time forgets, a single track that sets course from the once disputed borderland and Marches of Herefordshire and Shropshire, right across the hills and valleys of rural central Wales to eventually reach the coast of the Bristol Channel close to Swansea.

 

With everyone aboard after departure from Birmingham we first make for Shrewsbury, running through the industrialised West Midlands, then into Shropshire. A break of some 90 minutes is taken in this attractive county market town, set in a loop of the River Severn, with the station near to the centre.

 

Under way again we go back to Craven Arms and immediately climb into the sheep filled hills. We pass through Knighton, where the platforms are in England and the rest of the station and town is in Wales! Then follows the castellated Knucklas viaduct over the Heyop Valley before the climb to the tunnel that marks a summit at Llangynllo. It’s then rolling hill country to Llandrindod Wells, famous for being a Victorian spa.

 

Continuing our journey we pass through Llanwrtyd Wells, famous for bog snorkelling, before climbing to the second summit near 1000 foot high, under the shadow of Sugar Loaf, before dropping into the Afon Bran Valley and crossing the Cynghordy viaduct. We pass through the market towns of Llandovery and Llandeilo to reach Pantyffynnon before following the Loughor river as it flows south to the Gower peninsula.

 

The Swansea district becomes our landscape as we travel through the industrialised part of South Wales, passing Port Talbort, Cardiff and Newport before running through the Severn Tunnel into England for a fast run towards Birmingham via the Severn Valley to start setting down to end this Spring day out.

 

MOTIVE POWER IS EXPECTED TO BE A PAIR OF D.R.S. CLASS 37 DIESEL LOCOMOTIVES.

 

 

Estimated Timings    
Joining Stations

Depart

Return

Eastleigh 0540 2325
Basingstoke 0615 2250
Reading West 0635 2230
Didcot Parkway 0655 2210
Oxford 0715 2150
Banbury 0740 2125
Leamington Spa 0805 2100
Coventry 0825 2040
Birmingham Int'nal 0845 2020

 

 

Fares
Adult Junior Party of 4  
Standard Class £89.00 £45.00
£336.00  

First Class

£139.00 £99.00 £536.00  
First Class Plus £155.00 £115.00 £600.00  
Premier Dining £239.00 £199.00 £936.00  

 

Private 'Table for Two' seats are available at a supplement of £30 per person in First Class, First Class Plus and Premier Dining.

 

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Updated 15/01/18

 

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