The Hidden Highway and the Heart of Wales Line

This holiday itinerary links group visitors by coach or minibus to train travel within a very unspoiled rural area that is pretty much undiscovered…
Explore the dramatic Borderlands of England and Wales with Rural Concierge. Experience a rare blend of historical interest, fine scenery and rural life. The land here has been fought over since almost the beginning of history. Past dramas have left us a spectacular legacy of buildings nestling in the countryside blessed with abundant natural beauty. Through Rural Concierge you can now combine the Hidden Highway road route with the Heart of Wales Railway Line to make the most of the scenery in this romantic borderland area.
Morning – Arrive at Craven Arms train station for a mid-morning journey along the Heart of Wales Railway Lineelan valley . At this stage you can visit Stokesay Castle or the Discovery Centre at Craven Arms before travelling through the Borderlands including Shropshire, Herefordshire and Powys on one of the most rural and scenic journeys in Great Britain. Arrive at Victorian Spa Town Llandrindod Wells with free time to spend for lunch, and then pick up your transport for the onward journey.
Afternoon –  Board your transport and travel towards Rhayader. A typical Welsh market town: the gateway to the picturesque Elan Valley Dams and Reservoirs. This makes for many a pretty picture for your camera, especially if you manage to catch a glimpse of the red kite that are in abundance in the area. You can even visit a farm that is the official Red Kite Feeding Station. Travel through the wild countryside to the town of Builth Wells, home to the main farming event of the year in Wales and the borders – the Royal Welsh Show, plus many other events through the year.
DAY TWOliterary-tour
Morning- Travel back alongside the fifth largest river in the UK, the River Wye until we reach the world famous town of Hay on Wye. Hay hosts an annual Festival of Literature each year in early summer. We follow the Wye through Kilverts Diary country at Bredwardine, then to Moccas with an ancient deer park and venerable oaks. Reaching the ancient Cathedral city of Hereford there is free time available for lunch and sightseeing, so take time to visit the Cathedral, a town walking tour, or follow the Wye Valley footpath.
20130706_142104Afternoon – Head north to visit Hampton Court Castle near Leominster, then towards the War of the Roses battlefield. Here a series of battles were fought in medieval England from 1455 to 1485 between the House of Lancaster and the House of York.
Then travel via Croft Castle and Richards Castle before reaching your final stop of the day, Ludlow. Stay overnight in Ludlow and either travel home the following day or allocate free time to explore one of the most attractive towns in England, with more than its fair share of good food outlets and things to do.
If travelling on the 2nd or 4th Thursday of every month from 9:00am until 2:00pm, visit the twice-monthly farmers’ market held in Ludlow Castle Square, selling a wide range of everyday and specialist food and drink produced within 30 miles of Ludlow.
All holiday itineraries listed can also be made into an exciting day trip, but if you would like to take advantage of this glorious location, stay a little longer and we can book some great accommodation for you.
Rural Concierge is a full member of PTS (Protected Travel Services) which means you can enjoy your holiday knowing that you have 100% financial protection and full peace of mind at all times.  To find out more, contact your Rural Concierge