Heart of Wales by Rail via Swansea - Day 4

Thursday - We will spend this morning and afternoon in Llandrindod and then take the 16.59 train for a short trip to Knighton where we will stay overnight.

 

Morning

Plenty of time to spend looking around the town; there are also a number of places to visit.

Rock Park - one of the earliest public parks in Wales dating from the late 1860s, it covers some 12 acres and includes the original Pump Rooms and Bath House. The springs were known in Roman times and a Roman road runs through the park. A Victorian arboretum occupies the northern part of the park with native woodland to the west along the banks of the River Ithon. A network of paths connect the different areas and bridges cross the Arlais Brook, which runs through the park to join the River Ithon.

The Radnorshire Museum - people began to come to Llandrindod Wells to ‘take the waters’ in the 18th century and this museum tells the story of this practice which was most popular in late Victorian times. Housed in the old Carnegie Library in between the Tourist Information Centre and The Metropole on Temple Street, it is open Tuesdays - Fridays April - September from 10.00 to 16.00.

The Signal Box Museum - for railway fans, this is a former London and North Western Railway signal box that has been relocated to the station platform and restored as a museum; limited opening times - check with the Tourist Information Centre.

Lake Park - from Princes Avenue by the National Cycle Collection, take a walk to The Lake. It was built as a boating lake towards the end of the 19th century; the original boathouse is now a private residence but there is a new boathouse and café. For the more energetic, you can continue around the lake and up towards the Golf Club. For this and other walks from the town - ask at the Tourist Information Centre.

The 13-acre Llandrindod Lake, an unexpected feature of the town with a magnificent dragon statue at its centre, is a perfect place for a gentle stroll or leisure cycle ride.

Llandrindod Wells, Powys, LD1 6BL

Walkers are Welcome Towns and Villages

 

Journey through the lanes of cycle history and see bicycles from 1819, such as the Hobby Horse, Boneshakers and Penny Farthings, up to the most modern Carbon Fibre machines of today.

The Automobile Place, Temple Street , Llandrindod Wells , Powys , LD1 5DL

Self-assessed Accessibility Information

 
 

Lunch

A good choice of cafes and restaurants in the town for lunch.
 

Afternoon

We have until 16.59 in Llandrindod. More time to see some of the places suggested for the morning and then collect the luggage and head back to the railway station. It is about 35 minutes to Knighton via the spectacular Knucklas viaduct; there is one scheduled stop and three request stops along the way.

See Points of Interest Llandod-Knighton for journey notes.

We arrive at Knighton at 17.36 and leave the train. We have just crossed the border and the station is in England; however, the Wales/England border runs through the station car park so we will soon be back in Wales!

The market town of Knighton, with a population of 3,300, stands on the route of Offa's Dyke. Up to 65 feet wide and 8 feet deep, the Dyke is named after the 8th Century King of Mercia who traditionally is believed to have ordered its construction; it roughly follows the current border between England and Wales.

A brief tour of Knighton - turn left out of the station and follow this road down to a T Junction (opposite the Knighton Hotel). For shops and eating places, turn right into Broad Street and up the hill towards the clock tower (built in 1872), past the George & Dragon Inn on left. Left at the clock tower for the High Street. Knighton is rich in history with half-timbered houses and steep, winding streets known as the Narrows - you will see why when you get there! This area is home to more shops (many very individualistic!) and cafes/eating places. Straight on at the clock tower into West Street for the Offa’s Dyke Centre, the Knighton Tourist Information Centre and the Red Lion Hotel.

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

Station Crescent, Llandrindod Wells, LD1 5BB

 

Swansea/Heart of Wales Towns Tour Journey Notes 4 - Llandrindod to Knighton.

Llandrindod Railway Station, Station Crescent, Llandrindod Wells, LD1 5BB

 

Knighton is a Mid Wales Marches town with a remarkable landscape and rich history. Located on the scenic Heart of Wales railway line, it makes a great base to explore the Offa's Dyke Path or Glyndwr's Way National Trails.

Powys, LD7 1EN

Walkers are Welcome Towns and Villages

 

The Offa's Dyke Centre is the number one port of call for everything to do with Offa's Dyke, the National Trail and Welsh border region.

West Street, Knighton, Powys, LD7 1EN

 
 

Evening

Enjoy dinner at your hotel or one of the local restaurants and inns.
 

Overnight

Overnight stay at the Knighton Hotel, the Red Lion or other local B&Bs.
 
 

Other Itineraries

> Explore Mid Wales Days Out

> Heritage Railways

> Scenic Railway Day Trips

> Short Breaks by Train

> Short Breaks in Mid Wales

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