Discovering Mid Wales & Cardigan Bay in Spring

Staying at The Cliffs Hotel in Gwbert on Sea

5 DAYS | 4th April 2022
Nestled between the famous National Parks of Snowdonia and the Brecon Beacons exists the visually stunning farming country of central Wales. Join us as we embrace the slower, more traditional life of the local market towns; brace yourself for a unique wildlife of red kites and dolphins that happily inhabit the arc of Cardigan Bay; see for yourself the impressive, heatherclad Preseli Mountains; breathe in the salty air of a coastline studded with harbours, sandy bays and small seaside resorts. This is true Mid Wales! With visits to the classic seaside towns of Aberystwyth and Aberaeron, a boat trip around Cardigan Bay, an opportunity to see the Red Kites up close, and chance to explore the famous city of St David’s, this tour is not to be missed!

Our home for our stay is The Cliffs Hotel in Gwbert on Sea, and it enjoys peace and quiet away from the normal tourist trail, chosen specifically for its relaxing remedy to everyday life. Situated in an idyllic setting overlooking the sea with delightful cliff path walks on the doorstep, the hotel also boasts an attractive conservatory, quiet lounge, a pleasant dining room and a bar with stunning views as well as leisure facilities including an indoor pool and spa. All 76 bedrooms are en-suite with TV, WiFi and courtesy tea tray. The hotel has a lift to most floors.

We depart Macclesfield calling for coffee en-route to Welshpool where we make our early lunch stop at the Old Station Edinburgh Woollen Mill. We then continue on to Bwich Nant yr Arian and the Red Kite Visitors Centre, arriving in time for feeding the Red Kites. An impressive sight to behold, the centre is also perched on a dramatic hilltop straddling the boundary between the lowlands and uplands, and has commanding views of Cardigan Bay and the Cambrian Mountains. Having taken time for refreshments at the visitors centre we then take the scenic coastal road to Cardigan Bay and our hotel for the next four nights.

Calling for coffee en-route, we then continue on to St Davids, the smallest city in Britain named after the patron saint of Wales and dominated by its 12th century cathedral. A place of pilgrimage for centuries, the cathedral is built on the site of a much older religious building and is the reason for little St Davids’ outsized city status. Why not explore the Treasury collection and enjoy home-cooked and locally-sourced food at The Refectory? Beyond the cathedral, located in the National Park Information Centre, Oriel y Parc Gallery boasts a landscape exhibition, displaying art and artefacts from the collection of Amgueddfa Cymru, the National Museum of Wales. Alternatively head over the river to the brooding Gothic ruins of the Bishop’s Palace, the choice is yours!

This morning we venture to the charming little Georgian port town of Aberaeron with its elegant and brightly painted town houses. Head out for a browse and morning coffee before we continue on to the seaside town of New Quay with its picturesque townscape. There is an optional boat trip when we are there, so why not take the chance to see dolphins, porpoises, seals and other fascinating marine life along the stunning Cardigan Bay coast? (Boat trip optional, one hour duration, £17.00. Please confirm at the time of booking). Please note, depending on tidal times the morning and afternoon itineraries for today may reverse.

This morning we visit the Welsh Woollen Centre situated in the picturesque village of Dre-fach Felindre to discover the spellbinding story of the region’s woollen industry. After morning coffee we head to the ancient market town of Cardigan to see its Castle, Georgian Mansion and impressive medieval walls. There will be ample time for a relaxing lunch, and why not take a stroll around the shops or little craft market in the Guildhall? Later we return to the hotel for refreshments and Welsh Cakes.

As we take the scenic route home we make a coffee stop in the seaside resort of Aberysthwyth to take in the last of the fresh coastal air. We then travel inland to Bala where we make our lunch stop. Continuing north we make a comfort stop en-route and aim to arrive in the Macclesfield area early evening.

Tour includes: Luxury coach travel throughout; 4 nights dinner, bed and breakfast; entrance to the Red Kite Centre; Welsh cakes and tea.

£485.00 per person sharing twin/double
£48.00 single room supplement
£35.50 insurance per person, inc. IPT

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