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A Day Out on the Heart of Wales Line

Visit the smallest town in Britain but with the most eccentric range of activities on offer! Train times are for Mondays to Fridays based on timetables from 9 December 2018 to 18 May 2019.

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Start by boarding the 10.09 Monday to Friday train from Shrewsbury or the 09.34 from Swansea heading towards Llanwrtyd Wells. Traditionally a "Spa" town because of its naturally spring close to the River Irfon it has now developed into the capital of the "Alternative Olympics"! Famous for the World Bog Snorkelling Championships and the Man v Horse race, the town hosts many other bizarre events!
Llanwrytd Wells

Llanwrtyd Wells

Llanwrtyd Wells is the smallest town in Britain. It is also one of the friendliest, having a long history of catering for the many visitors who, today, come to enjoy the unspoilt beauty of the surrounding Cambrian Mountains.
 

Shrewsbury Railway Station

Shrewsbury railway station is the hub for many rail services to and from Wales.
 

Swansea Railway Station

Swansea railway station is on the South Wales main line/West Wales line; services on the Heart of Wales line to Shrewsbury start from here.
 

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Getting muddy in a bog not your cup of tea? Then maybe the Drovers Rest is. This popular restaurant is situated alongside the river. Why not pop in and see for yourself!
The Drovers Rest Riverside Restaurant

The Drovers Rest Riverside Restaurant

Peter James's thriving restaurant stands beside the bridge over the River Irfon in the centre of Wales's smallest town. Aided by an enthusiastic young team, Peter produces a wide range of traditional and innovative dishes.
 

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Interested in hiring a bike for the day? No problem. The Hub in Llanwrtyd Wells can provide you with bikes for the so you can try some mountain biking or cycling along some of the quiet country lanes which surround the town.

If you are feeling more adventurous, try cycling up to Sugar Loaf hill. This is a few miles from Llanwrtyd Wells but offers a panoramic view of the area. You may never have guessed but the term "Sugar Loaf" was the term used to describe old refining techniques or sugar which produced a dome shaped object. Sugar loaf mountains/hills are those that resemble a similar shape to this.

There are plenty of walks in and around Llanwrtyd too if you fancy a day in the countryside including the popular Town loop walk or the Drovers walk which is an annual challenge in which participants can take part in walks ranging from 10-25 miles and will receive a medal and badge upon completion. The walk also incorporates a visit to a local drovers inn which opens its doors for the special day!
The Hub - Cycle Hire

The Hub - Cycle Hire

The Hub in Llanwrtyd Wells can provide you with bikes for the so you can try some of the walking and cycling routes.
 
Town Loop Llanwrtyd Wells

The Town Loop Walk at Llanwrtyd Wells

Town Walk - Loop Walk 1.5 miles, 45 minutes. Gates and no stiles; pet friendly.
 

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How long you stay is entirely up to you! There are trains at 16.23 heading back to Swansea and at 16.24 to Shrewsbury. If you decide to stay in the town for an evening meal instead there are few great places where you can eat and make the most of your day!

How about the Lasswade Restaurant or the Neuadd Arms Restaurant - which is situated in town square. There are return trains from Llanwrtyd at 20.30 going to Swansea or 20.31 to Shrewsbury.

Llanwrtyd Railway Station

Llanwrtyd railway station is on the Heart of Wales Line that runs from Shrewsbury to Swansea.
 

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Llanwrtyd is a great base to stay and explore the Cambrian Mountains and in many ways it is a fantastic advertisement for Wales all on its own. It is a mecca for walkers, cyclists and pony trekkers keen to experience the olde worlde charm of the town and the spectacular mountain scenery. Many of the walking and cycling routes in the area follow old Drovers roads, used for over 500 years by farmers selling their livestock in the profitable markets over the border.

Llanwrtyd Wells is famous for holding really quirky events including World Alternate Games, Bog Snorkelling and Man v Horse Marathon. For a small market town, it also boasts an unusally large range of great places eat, as well as a cookery school run by chef, Peter James at the Drovers Rest Restaurant in the town centre.

The River Irfon, an upper tributary of the River Wye, flows through the town centre joining the River Wye at Builth Wells. Enjoy discovering the surrounding area where you will find many old Roman roads, ancient standing stones, tiny chapels and churches, stunning scenery and abundant wildlife to explore. Look out for Red Kites soaring above the town and, if very lucky, you well get a glimpse of rare red squirrels on your travels.

Llanwrtyd has a railway station on the Heart of Wales line which runs from Shrewsbury to Swansea.

LOCAL HISTORY
It was the discovery of the mineral waters that originally brought fame and visitors to Llanwrtyd Wells. In 1732, the Reverend Theophilus Evans discovered a rather healthy looking frog sitting in a well. Evans deduced that the water the frog had been living in might have some medicinal qualities. Very soon enough the sulphuric spring at Dolycoed was a destination for health tourists from all over Britain.

Nearby springs at Llandrindod and Builth helped to make this portion of the southern Cambrian Mountains famous as a health tourism district and the industry was further strengthened by the expansion of the railways into wales during the 19th century.

Prior to the arrival of the railway in 1868, Llanwrtyd was on a stagecoach route (now the A483) between Swansea and Llandrindod Wells. The arrival of the railway brought visitors to the town in huge numbers from South Wales.

Llanwrtyd does have one more claim to fame. The Reverend William Williams of Pantycelyn, Wales' most famous hymn writer and author of 'Guide Me O Thou Great Jehova', composed his magnum opus during his three year curatorship in the town.

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Llanwrtyd Wells

Powys, LD5 4RW

Map reference: SN 878467
     Lat: 52.10730  Long: -3.63870
Llanwrtyd Wells is located on the main A483 road between Builth Wells and Llandovery. There is on-street parking available in the town.

The train station is approximately a 10 minute walk from the town along a paved walkway.

Parking : free

Public Transport : 1 mile from Llanwrtyd station

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