FIVA World Rally 2018 Event Itinerary.
Day 1. Tuesday 28th August.
Meet and greet, vehicle inspection and documentation at the Metropole Hotel Llandrindod Wells
Day 2. Wednesday 29th August
1st day of the tour.
A gentle run culminating in the stunning Llyn (Lake) Brianne and its surrounding beauty.
Llyn Brianne is a man-made lake or reservoir in the headwaters of the River Towy in Wales. The reservoir was constructed by Wimpey Construction in the late 1960s and early 1970s in order to regulate the flow in the River Tywi to support large potable water abstraction at Nantgaredig in the lower reaches of the river near Carmarthen, providing water to the Felindre water treatment works; the treated water is piped to a large area of South Wales, including Swansea and Neath and up to the borders of Cardiff.
Day 3. Thursday 30th August
Day 2 of the Tour.
We leave the Metropole and head out towards Rhayader (the name Rhayder is taken from the corrupted Welsh “Rhaeadr Gwy” meaning Waterfall on the Wye) taking in some lanes that give a bird’s eye view of the area. Rhayader is famous for its clock tower that is situated on a busy crossroads. From hear we take the mountain road to Devils bridge, the climb up the mountain road has a fast flowing stream to your left. The decent on the other side gives a panoramic view of the Elan Valley. The road passes through the old slate mine workings before the “Arch” then arrives at the morning coffee halt at Devils Bridge. (The bridge spans the Mynach, a tributary of the Rheidol and is unusual in that three separate bridges are coexistent, each one built upon the previous bridge)
After coffee at the two hoots tea room you will board the Vale of Rheildol steam train for the 12:30
departure to Aberystwyth. The return train is at 15:45 allowing you time to explore this famous College, seaside town.
The Vale of Rheidol Railway is a 1 ft 11 ³⁄₄ (603mm) in narrow gauge heritage railway, opened in 1902, that runs for 11 ³⁄₄ miles (18.9Km) between Aberystwyth and Devil’s Bridge in the county of Ceredigion, Wales.
The return journey back to the Metropole is by the A44 main road to Llangurig. A run down through the valley to Rhayader gives another chance to see the clock tower. The next section follows the River Wye before heading back to the Metropole for the mid event gala dinner.
Day 4. Friday 31st August
Day 3 of the tour
The route heads out of Llandrindod circling the lake before heading down to Builth Wells. We take the winding road to the West of the town that follows the river Irfon before climbing up onto the Mynnd Epynt military ranges.
The ranges cover over 31,000 acres of land and are used all year round for military training and exercises. The roads are also closed for special stage rallying as well as a two day hill climb meeting. The blind brows and undulating nature of the roads are a supreme test of driver and co-drivers skill. Not forgetting the ditches on eather side of the roads to catch the unwary.! T
he route then skirts Brecon and run parallel with the main A40 trunk road to Trecastle. A run down to Llywel before climbing back up onto Mynd Epynt taking the centre road to Tirabad. We then head to the Trout Inn at Beulah for the first refreshment halt of the day.
Suitable refreshed the route takes in the famous Abergwesyn mountain road.
This road is frequently used for night road rallies. It is better driven in the dark as you cannot see the drops over the side!! The road takes us to Tregaron following the Cors Caron nature reserve marshland to your left. A run by the side of Ystwyth forest brings us to Pontrhydyroes and the waterwheel gently turning on your right. The following roads climb up to Devils Bridge for an afternoon tea halt at the Two Hoots café once again.
We now head off back across the Elan Valley this time taking the famous dams road. The water from these series of dams is pumped over a 73 Miles to feed the water needs of Birmingham which takes one and half hours to reach Frankley in Birmingham. We also visit the Claerwen dam which is situated at the end of a dead-end road. You will have the opportunity to see the dam first hand from the base up to the head which you can drive across. We then head down to Elan village before driving through the tree lined and canopied moss valley. There then follows a leisurely run back to the Metropole.
Day 5. Saturday 1st September
The last day will we hope to leave you with a lasting memory of central Wales.
The route will take in some of the most picturesque views of Llyn Clywedog and Hafren forest, to our furthest North location Machynleth. A coffe halt awaits you along the way before we then head back towards Llandrindod Wells skirting Nant-y-moch reservoir which was created in 1964. The construction of the dam flooded the valley north of it, which included the hamlet of Nant-y-moch.
An end of event Gala dinner awaits you back at the Metropole Hotel