If you are travelling along this line for the first time, you will be impressed. Seasoned travellers will need no reminding of the rugged beauty, tranquil villages and picturesque Victorian spa towns that are dotted along one of the most scenic lines in the United Kingdom.
For 121 miles between Swansea and Shrewsbury, a feast of panoramic views includes the beautiful Loughor estuary near Llanelli, the meandering river Tywi between Llandeilo and Llandovery, red kites in the skies above the Eppynt hills near Llanwrtyd Wells, the Radnor Forest between Llandrindod Wells and Knighton, and the remote borderlands of the English Marches. The impressive viaducts at Cynghordy and Knucklas are 2 of the 7 bridges crossed on a journey that also includes 6 tunnels.
Leave the car behind and enjoy a spectacular train ride to the start of one of many guided walks from railway stations along the Heart of Wales line. Each year leaflets are created which feature a list of guided walks taking place which start from railway stations along the Heart of Wales Line.
The deservedly popular American travel writer Bill Bryson, author of many engaging reads such as Notes from a Small Island, Down Under and The Lost Continent, rode the whole of the Heart of Wales line and wrote a wonderful article that appeared in the Sunday Times. With reference to the matchless scenery, 'an Eden of green fields and rolling hills', Bryson described the line as being not 'the fastest way to get to Llandrindod Wells, but it was surely the most rewarding.'
The Heart of Wales is a truly beautiful place during the summer, autumn, winter or spring.
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