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Heart of Wales train to Llandeilo

1 Apr 2015 | West Wales Group

Five infamous GOC'ers set off for an adventurous day in Llandeilo.

The four on the train --Al, Catherine, John and Robert--were met in

Llandeilo by Eduardo and his laid back spaniel dog, Midi.

First call was the coffee shop as normal and we sat outside in the sun,

chatting, with Eddie bringing us up to date with the local gossip!!

One interestingly annoying bit of news was that the National Trust at

Newton House are now charging for some of the walking paths there

much to the anger of locals and other visitors that such an outrageous

charge could be thought up, let alone enforced.

We wandered alongside the very busy and noisy main road, down to the

lovely bridge with John pointing out where an earlier bridge had

crossed the River Towy.

Eddie pointed out his lovely cottage in the distance and we invited

ourselves to an overnight stay if for some reason we were unfortunate

to miss the train home.

We couldn't quite understand why he didn't seem entirely overjoyed at

that thought!!

We eventually turned off the main road and meandered our way up

through a beautiful wooded area full of primroses and wild garlic and

came to a lovely old church--Llandyfeisant.

Our path then took us up to the impressive remains of Dinefwr Castle

where we had great views in all directions.

We continued through the park ensuring we did not venture near any

"paying" areas, with Newton House nearby.

After waving farewell to Eddie and Midi, the rest of us took another

path back down through the wood, eventually getting back to the main

street in the town via Penlan Park which I hadn't been to before and is

high above the town and makes an excellent viewing platform.

By this time, our rumbling stomachs, insisting we find a suitable

hostelry made our minds up for us that The Angel suited our purpose, so

in we went to enjoy what turned into a very delicious lunch, with

excellent company and good conversation making the experience easy

going and enjoyable.

After lunch we went our separate ways looking for a bargain in the

unique shops that Llandeilo has to offer, meeting up again for John to

show us a quaint well, just off the main street, and he then insisted we

needed a visit to the local bank??!!

Ensuring we didn't need balaclava's we followed him into the bank

where he showed us the ceiling!! which turned out to be a very

beautiful round, skylight.

We continued towards the outskirts of town to a really large antique

shop with garden centre and cafe next door.

We browsed the interesting antiques --no none of us!!!--and plants and

eventually found ourselves in the cafe (now just how did that 'appen!!!)

with some lovely "oldies" music playing in the background.

Very soon it seemed, it was time for the train home so we made our

way to the nearby station.

What a lovely day it had been wandering in and around the lovely

Llandeilo.

Thanks to John for suggesting this and for leading us up the garden path

 and various other paths there and thanks too to the members who

came and made this final Heart of Wales train trip, so enjoyable.

Hopefully the concessions will be in force next winter too and we look

forward to many more railway walks/jaunts then.   

 

 

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