The 3rd Dragon Trail follows an entirely different route to the previous two but still features mostly quiet rural roads and, of course, stunning scenery. This time we start in Chepstow on the Welsh border and initially meander west before following the coast to Aberystwyth and then through the mountains to the final destination in Ruthin.
Along the way we visit numerous attractions and, with 2014 being the Dylan Thomas Centenary, we will be calling into Laugharne to view the boathouse where he wrote most of his famous works and also perhaps have a drink in the bar of Browns Hotel, his favourite watering hole.
The grand finale to the tour is a medieval banquet in Ruthin Castle.
The itinerary is as follows:
Sunday, August 17th. Arrivals at the 4 – star St. Pierre Park Hotel, Chepstow, a 14th century manor set amid 400 acres of picturesque parkland in the rolling hills of the Wye Valley. The luxury hotel has a golf course, swimming pool and spa.
Access is easy from the M5, M4, and M48.
Monday, August 18th. Chepstow to Swansea.
We start the day by heading up the Wye Valley to the amazing ruins of Tintern Abbey before heading north west through the Brecon Beacons National Park, stopping at the Penderyn Distillery, the home of Welsh Whiskey, before dropping back to the coast and our overnight halt in Swansea.
Our hotel is close to both the Bus Museum and also the Waterfront Museum, which gives an insight into the industrial history of Wales and is described as ‘a museum for people who don’t like museums’!
Mileage for day – 89
Tuesday, August 19th. Swansea to Tenby.
Today the route takes us on an arc via the National Botanic Garden of Wales, Laugharne and Pendine. Pendine is where numerous Land Speed Record attempts were made in the 20s and 30s and during the summer months Babs, the car in which Parry Thomas was killed here in 1927, is on display in a specially constructed building.
Tenby is a very picturesque little town and there will be ample time to explore.
Mileage for day – 58
Wednesday, August 20th. Tenby to Tenby via St. Davids Head.
A scenic run out today as far as St. David’s, at the tip of Pembrokeshire. Once more mostly on back- roads with some spectacular sea views as we traverse the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.
Mileage for day – 95
Thursday, August 21st . Tenby to Aberystwyth.
Heading north and skirting Cardigan Bay the route takes in the picturesque port of Aberaeron and the ruined abbey at Strata Florida before an overnight stay in the university town of Aberystwyth.
In addition to the Vale of Rheidol Railway the town boasts the world’s largest camera obscura.
Mileage for day – 93
Friday, August 22nd. Aberystwyth to Ruthin.
Leaving Aberystwyth we wind our way along the Dyfi estuary to Machynlleth where everybody can check their credentials at the Centre For Alternative Technology. This fascinating place is dedicated to conservation and clean energy – even the lift is water powered!
From Machynlleth it’s more lanes via the famous Bwlch y Groes hill, one of the highest public road passes in Wales at 1788 feet, and Bala to the historic market town of Ruthin and a two night stay in Ruthin Castle. The evening dinner will a medieval banquet with appropriate entertainment.
Mileage for day – 84
Saturday, August 23rd. Ruthin
In the morning we have a short guided tour of the town followed by a visit to the ancient gaol with its fascinating history which includes a period as a munitions factor.
Returning to our cars a scenic route takes us to lunch in an old watermill. Following lunch there’s a visit to a Museum of the Fifties and then a meander through the lanes back to Ruthin.
Mileage for day – 30
Sunday, August 24th.
Departure for home
The package includes the following:
- One night’s accommodation on a dinner, bed & breakfast basis at the 4-star St. Pierre Hotel, Chepstow.
- One night’s accommodation on a dinner, bed & breakfast basis at the 4-star Morgans Hotel, Swansea.
- Two nights’ accommodation on a dinner, bed & breakfast basis at the 3-star Imperial Hotel, Tenby.
- One night’s accommodation on a dinner, bed & breakfast basis at the 3-star Park Lodge Hotel, Aberystwyth.
- Two nights’ accommodation on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis at the 4-star Ruthin Castle (includes Friday night medieval banquet)
- Tour of Welsh Whiskey Distillery
- Entry to Swansea Bus Museum
- Entry to Swansea Waterfront Museum
- Entry to Welsh Botanical Gardens
- Funicular railway, Aberystwyth
- Entry to Camera Obscura Aberystwyth
- Entry to Centre for Alternative Energy, Machynlleth
- Guided tour of Ruthin
- Entry to Ruthin Gaol
- Entry to Nantclwyd House, Ruthin
- Lunch at Brookhouse Mill, Denbigh
- Entry to Museum of the Fifties, Denbigh
- Detailed road book with route instructions
- Rally plates
- Services of experienced tour director
Note: There may be minor variations to the above itinerary should circumstances dictate
Space precludes a detailed description of everything you will see, so the information here is necessarily a synopsis. However, the low daily mileage allows plenty of time to relax and enjoy the stunning scenery and quiet roads as well as the hotel leisure facilities.
If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to call me on 01824 790280, or email email@example.com for the full information pack.
Please note!! The event is restricted to just twenty-five cars so early booking is recommended to avoid disappointment.