Our plan without a car in October is shaping up nicely; we will use advanced purchase rail tickets with the Senior Rail Pass to get to Cardiff and spend three nights (and thus two full days and a half day upon arrival).
— half day after arrival: Get oriented, and get more information on buses, et. Walk around. Have a pint ....
— day 2: Local train to Llantwit Major to hunt for grandparents, greats and great-greats in St Illtud’s church yard; lunch at the Old Swan Inn (family connection). Then train back to Cardiff and visit Cardiff Castle
— day 3: Bus A32 to St Fagans for a very leisurely day; then back to the same bus stop in front of the Holiday in to catch bus 25 out to Llandaff to see the cathedral.
And then we will reposition to three nights in Brecon.
— day 4: Cardiff to Brecon by bus: T4, T14 or X4. Now we originally planned to take the train to Trehafod to see the Rhondda Heritage center, train back one stop to Pontypridd and then catch the bus from there. However RHC says there is no where to store our carry on bags while we are on tour, and that furthermore the days we are in Cardiff they are fully booked on tours until 3:00. So sadly skip the RHC.
Thus we will arrive in Brecon in early afternoon. Get settled in our Inn, and have a good look around including perhaps finding local bus service to the National Park Visitor Center?
— day 5: Take the bus from Brecon to Hay-on-Wye (40 min), look around, and then on to Hereford (about another hour). Visit the Cathedral, etc. Then the bus back to Brecon (1.5 hours). Again we need to do this as a day trip from lodgings as there is no where to store bags in Hereford.
—-day 6: This is where we need help. DH would like to ride the Heart of Wales train — joyriding down to Swansea and back if the weather is good. To do that, we would need to take the bus T4 from Brecon to. ...Llandridod Wells? (1 hr) .... to catch the train? That seems biting off a bit much. Alternatively (this will be a Friday) we could take the bus to Crickhowell and Abergavenny to have a look around, but this hardly seems like it will fill a day. Suggestions?
—- Day 7: bus to Abergavenny and then the train back to London.
So this is ticking all of our Musts except for exploring the area around Brecon (day 6).
QUESTION: we are disappointed in missing the RHC. We have not found a reasonable way to get to Big Pit by public transport from Brecon (we could do that on Day 6 if possible; riding 1.5 hours each way is acceptable.)
thoughts? Suggestions? Bonus points: how to fit in Caerphilly castle, bags in tow....
and many thanks!
QUESTION: Can we do something creative on the way to Brecon? Say, alight in Merthyr Tydfil and have a look around ( would there be a place to stash our bags?)