Visiting the following breweries: Gower,
Gwan, Bluestone, Seren,
Cafflee, Pembrokeshire, Harbwr,
Tenby, Neath; and
two brewpubs - Cerddin and Friends Arms
Provisional visits to the Gwili
Railway and Caldey Island (subject to confirmation)
Looking south towards Tenby from the cliffs
Looking north towards our hotel
Pembrokeshire has often been called
“Little England beyond Wales”. You will be able
to confirm or denounce that statement from your luxury coach during
two days’ travel from the southern coast to the Preseli Hills. What
is certain is that our hosts are all very friendly and their
breweries are very different and certainly not in the usual business
unit. They range from old schools via farm buildings to a
purpose-built Visitor Centre. The scenery in both The Gower (Britain’s
first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, now 60 years old) and the
Preseli Hills are both different and beautiful.
FRIDAY 24th MARCH 2017
travel direct from London Paddington to Port Talbot Parkway by the
09:45 train, due to arrive at 12:22, when we join our private coach
for the first of three days with the same vehicle and driver. The
new-ish direct road west skirts the centre
of Swansea and will take you to our
first stop on the Gower Peninsula at the coastal village of Port Eynon, where we
plan to take lunch in one of the pubs in the tiny village by the sea.
The next stop will be at the brewery of the area’s name – the Gower
at Crofty. Then we head back to the main
road and avoiding Carmarthen arrive
at the Friends Arms pub and micro-brewery. The final leg of our
journey today will end about 18:30 at our base for the weekend, The
Park Hotel, overlooking one of Tenby’s fine sandy bays.
included here most evenings.
We shall depart the hotel at 09:30 and drive direct
into “them thar Preseli hills” to arrive
at the Gwaun Valley
brewery. Here you will enjoy your first pint of the day in
their attractive building and take in the wonderful views around. Our next stop is just a few miles down the lanes to
the Bluestone Brewery which is located on an organic farm. A 10-minute video is included in the tour. Our lunch stop today is at the small village of Rosebush and the unique Tafarn Sinc Victorian
hostelry (photo on left). A hearty ploughman’s lunch will be served along with
a pint from the nearby Seren Brewery which is our first call after lunch. The final
planned call of the day will take you back to school in order to
meet the brewer of the Cafflee Brewery
which is, not surprisingly, located in a former school at Llawhaden. Arrival back
in Tenby will be about 17:40 giving you the evening free in the
Tafarn Sinc (Zinc Tavern)
Photo: Mike Andrew
surprising discovery (for Wales at least,) is
that The Hope and Anchor inn opens at 11:00 today! It is very close to the Harbwr
Brewery both of whom are willing to see us before lunchtime. The ‘provisional’ reference to the boat service to Caldey
because they will take advantage of good weather before their
normal operating season (Easter to October) if there is demand.
There are other opportunities if that route cannot be taken. A free
afternoon will allow you to ride the branch line to Pembroke and
its Dock where at least two GBG pubs lie. Tenby itself has many
interesting, narrow streets and two lovely sandy bays which offer
scenic walks. Dinner in hotel for those staying in town.
The Monastery and post office, Caldey
Photo: Mike Andrew
As is our
norm on the last day of an Explorer, we shall wend our way back to a
railhead to eventually reach London,
but making some stops en route. Leaving the hotel at 09:00 our first
call is in the village, Saundersfoot where
the Pembrokeshire Brewery is located. Next we shall head east and
hopefully get a ride on the Gwili Railway.
They are very difficult to get hold of outside the operating season.
I tried –
and failed – for our last tour in this area. Our lunch stop will be
in the village
at The Millers Arms (GBG) where we shall enjoy a carvery meal.
There are two
more stops planned before reaching Bridgend for the train home. One
is at Neath Ales if contact can be made and the final one, in the Ogmore Valley, at
Inn, home to the Cerddin Brewery in the village of Cwmfelin.
here is already confirmed. Our coach will then take you to
Bridgend station for the 18:01 to London Paddington due 20:27 where
the tour terminates.
HOW TO RESERVE YOUR PLACE
suspected (as usual, but true) that this tour will fill quickly so early
booking is advisable. Please complete the booking form and send it
with your deposit of £100 per person, payable to Crookham Travel, or
send it by bank transfer to a/c No. 87825884 sort code 09-01-27 at Santander using
reference WAL. Bookings should be made please as soon as convenient.
The balance will be required about six weeks before departure.
choose to book your own advance rail tickets – it is often cheaper if
you book across London
to Paddington – they should be available after the New Year holiday.
return fare with railcard is about £33.00.
WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
The cost of
this 4-day 3-night tour is not expected to exceed £390 per person
twin/double and £420 single occupancy based on 30 members:-.
· Three nights Dinner B&B at the Park Hotel
· Three days coaching
· Up to eleven brewery and brewpub visits
· First pints in pubs in GBG
· Lunches on Friday, Saturday and Monday (NOT
· Return rail fares from London
to South Wales if requested
· Gwili Railway visit – if open
· Service and VAT at current rate
· Personal copy of the tour AVB
· IPP financial failure insurance cover
· Crookham Travel courier throughout
Tenby SA70 8AT
“A warm welcome awaits you at our family owned and managed hotel.
to help you relax and unwind and to make your stay one that is filled
with happy memories. From our grounds and cliff top terraces, enjoy a
breathtaking view overlooking Tenby’s North Bay, the harbour with its
backdrop of quaint multi-coloured houses in the old town – and Caldey Island just beyond blending together to
give a panorama of unsurpassed beauty”
has the following amenities:
facilities with bath and overhead shower, flat-screen television with Freeview, wi-fi, direct dial telephone, tea
and coffee tray, individual
and centrally controlled
heating, hairdryer, radio. All rooms are non-smoking. Laundry and dry-cleaning service, iron and ironing board available upon request.
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