16th August 2015 until 22nd August 2015
The 4th Dragon Trail follows an entirely different route to the previous three but as usual features mostly quiet rural roads and, of course, stunning scenery. This time we start with three nights in North Wales at the fabulous Deganwy Quay Hotel, right on the Conwy Estuary, before following the coast east and then heading south along the border with England, stopping in Oswestry and Brecon and finishing with two nights in the Roman town of Caerleon.
Once again we visit numerous attractions on route and the leisurely timetable enables you to travel at your own pace, enjoy the great driving roads, and have a relaxing holiday with your vintage or classic car.
All hotels are superior quality and as with all Country Lane Tours I will be on hand throughout to deal with any problems that might occur.
The itinerary is as follows:
Sunday, August 16th 2015
Arrivals at the luxury Deganwy Quay Hotel, overlooking the Conwy Estuary and Conwy Castle.
Access is easy from the main A55 Chester – Holyhead dual carriageway.
Monday, August 17th 2015
Conwy and Llandudno. This is a relaxing day designed to give you a feeling for the local area. We start the day by crossing the river into Conwy before taking the Sychnant Pass to Penmaenmawr. From the summit there are stunning views across the bay to Puffin Island and Anglesey.
Returning along the A55 we drop into the Victorian seaside town of Llandudno (retail therapy opportunity!) and then climb to the summit of the Great Orme before descending to the spectacular Marine Drive (used regularly in the past as a stage on the RAC Rally) and returning to the hotel. The relaxed schedule allows you plenty of time to explore historic Conwy and Victorian Llandudno.
Mileage for day – 30
Tuesday, August 18th 2015
Deganwy to Blaenau Ffestiniog. Leaving our hotel we meander along the east side of the Conwy valley, negotiate the Crimea Pass to arrive at Llechwedd Slate Caverns where a small train takes us right into the heart of the mountain to experience how slate was mined all those years ago.
Leaving Blaenau the route takes in the Aberglaslyn Pass, Beddgelert, and the Nant Gwynant Pass (great views of Snowdon) before descending to the picturesque village of Betws-y-Coed, renowned in Victorian times for its artists’ colony. A visit to Swallow Falls is a must!
Leaving Betws-y-Coed we travel down the west side of the Conwy valley, taking in Trefriw Woollen Mills and the world famous Bodnant Gardens before arriving back at our hotel.
Mileage for day – 75
Wednesday, August 19th 2015
Deganwy to Oswestry. Leaving Deganwy we meander along the North Wales Coast before starting to head south, following the border with England.
For a few miles you get the opportunity to view some of the remains of North Wales industrial heritage as well as passing the wreck of the car ferry Duke of Lancaster, beached at Mostyn since 1979.
We visit the ancient market town of Oswestry, along with the train museum, before arriving at the overnight halt, the Lion Quays Hotel, on the edge of the Shropshire Union Canal.
Mileage for day – 75
Thursday, August 20st 2015
Oswestry to Brecon. The longest mileage of the tour today but once more interesting rural roads and villages with some stunning scenery. Along the way we pass through Montgomery (a town the world has passed by), stop for a wine tasting and buffet lunch at Kerry Vale Vineyard and visit the Judge’s Lodging Museum in Presteigne.
Mileage for day – 93
Friday, August 21st 2015
Brecon to Caerleon. To make up for yesterday we have a much shorter distance to cover today! This gives you an opportunity to explore this historic military town and visit the Regimental Museum before once more heading into the hills.
Caerleon is a charming small town with strong Roman connections going back to 75AD. Our hotel for the next two nights is the Priory, dating back to 1180 when it was a Cistercian monastery. It’s right on the edge of the walled town, opposite the Roman baths, and just five minutes walk from the amphitheatre.
I suspect you’ll arrive by lunchtime which will give you time to settle in and explore during the afternoon. Lunch at the priory is highly recommended as you select food to be freshly cooked from an array set up like the counter of an old style shop.
Mileage for day – 43
Saturday, August 22nd 2015
Caerleon and Newport. A run around local attractions today, taking in Tredegar House, the Fourteen Locks visitor centre on the canal and the incredible Transporter Bridge across the River Usk at Newport, one of only eight such bridges still operational worldwide.
Mileage for day – 30
Sunday, August 24th 2015
Departure for home
Included in the price are the following:
- Three nights’ accommodation on a dinner, bed & breakfast basis at the Deganwy Quay Hotel, Deganwy.
- One night accommodation on a dinner, bed & breakfast basis at the Lion Quays Hotel, Weston Rhyn.
- One night accommodation on a dinner, bed & breakfast basis at the Castle Hotel, Brecon.
- Two nights’ accommodation on a dinner, bed & breakfast basis at the Priory Hotel, Caerleon.
- Tour of Llechwedd Slate Caverns
- Entry to Bodnant Gardens
- Entry to Trefriw Woollen Mills
- Entry to Oswestry Railway Museum
- Buffet lunch & wine tasting at Kerry Vale Vineyard
- Entry to Judges Lodging & Victorian Museum Presteigne
- Entry to Regimental Museum, Brecon
- Entry to National Roman Museum, Caerleon
- Entry to Tredegar House
- Crossing of River Usk by Transporter Bridge
- Detailed road book with route instructions
- Rally plates
- Services of experienced tour director
- Other sundry extras
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 hotel leisure facilities. If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to call me on 01824 790280, or email email@example.com