Although the weather feels and looks like the end of September in between the cold and damp blasts there are still plenty of places to visit and enjoy. This week, starting nearby, we went on a further visit to Carmarthen Museum. This wonderful property is on the outskirts of the Carmarthen and we pass it every time we go shopping in town.
‘Our county museum is an ancient building which sits in parkland in the glorious Tywi valley.
Eleven galleries take you through 50,000 years of history.
The building was the palace of the Bishops of St. David’s (1542-1974) and where the New Testament was first translated into Welsh.’
We really enjoy having a walk around this place and every time we go we discover something new. This time we loved the range of old plates displayed above the collieries information that celebrated all the mines in the area that have now closed.
There are also places to sit outside in the parkland space and enjoy a picnic and inside there are facilities for a coffee and cake!
Our next visit was further afield driving up to Aberystwyth through the beautiful countryside and then along the coast road, with its spectacular views of the Cardiganshire coastline.
It was all aboard day on the Vale of Rheidol train! We trundled through the countryside pulled by a wonderful steam engine and climbed higher and higher up into the hills. The views were really special and although the rain had started coming down rather heavily you could still enjoy the scenery.
After a wonderful hour on the train passing forests, lakes, farmsteads, a hydro electric plant and seeing buzzards and kites soaring skywards, the rain stopped and we arrived at Devil’s Bridge!!
The station has a delightful café Two Hoots! Of course we had to have the compulsory coffee and cake before we set off to see the waterfalls. As we only had an hour before our train departed we went on the shorter walk to see the Three Bridges and the Devil’s Punchbowl just a 5 minute stroll away from the station.
Taken from their website: http://www.devilsbridgefalls.co.uk/
Devils Bridge Falls is a world famous tourist attraction 12 miles from Aberystwyth. These unique waterfalls have attracted many thousands of visitors since the 18th century, including William Wordsworth who wrote about the “Torrent at the Devil’s Bridge”. Today, the Falls Nature Trail provides a unique opportunity to see this great natural feature in the Rheidol Gorge.
Fantastic sounds of water crashing against the rocks and an amazing view of the water rushing through the crevices and carving out the ‘bowl’ – this is a really great experience to see and hear!
Guess who loved it all?!!