GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Heart of Wales Line Trail

143 miles (230 km)

This long distance trail runs from Craven Arms in Shropshire to Llanelli in South Wales.
The 143 mile trail explores the Heart of Wales Railway Line, a wonderful rural railwayrunning between Swansea and Shrewsbury. On the walk you'll visit several train stations, old railway lines and photogenic railway viaducts.The trail heads includes sections through Shropshire, Powys, Carmarthenshire, the Brecon Beacons National Park, and the City & County of Swansea.
Starting from Craven Arms you head to Hopton Castle, Knighton, Knucklas Viaduct, Llandrindod Wells, Builth Wells, LLanwrtyd Wells, Llandovery, Garn Goch Iron Age Hill Fort, Llandeilo, Carreg Cennen Castle, Ammanford and Gorseinon before finishing at the splendid Millennium Coastal Park in Llanelli.
One nice idea is to catch the train to one of the stations and then walk part of the trail to the next station.
You can see the route on OS maps on the link below. There is also a gpx download of the route at the bottom of the page.

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Heart of Wales Line Trail OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Heart of Wales Line Trail Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Photos

Heart of Wales Line

Heart of Wales line near Sugar Loaf looking towards Shrewsbury

Knighton railway station, Shropshire. Heart of Wales Line. The view towards Shrewsbury

Knighton railway station, Shropshire. Heart of Wales Line. The view towards Shrewsbury

Llandrindod railway station, Heart of Wales line, Powys. Signal box and view south

Llandrindod railway station, Heart of Wales line, Powys. Signal box and view south

Train on Cynghordy Viaduct, Heart of Wales line - geograph.org.uk - 470902

Train on Cynghordy Viaduct, Heart of Wales line

Llanwrtyd station geograph-3368830-by-Ben-Brooksbank

Llanwrtyd station. View eastward, towards Llandrindod, Craven Arms and Shrewsbury: ex-LNWR (Shrewsbury) - Craven Arms - Llandrindod Wells - Llandovery - Swansea Victoria, Central Wales line. Since 15/6/64, when Swansea Victoria and the line to it from Pontardulais were closed, the service has run via Llanelli. The station - 'Llanwrtyd Wells' until 12/5/80 - had been refurbished in connection with the upgrading of the route as the 'Heart of Wales' line. The Class 153 DMU is bound for Shrewsbury.

Nant y Cae (stream) from the Heart of Wales railway line - geograph.org.uk - 1749569

Nant y Cae (stream) from the Heart of Wales railway line

The lake, Llandrindod Wells - geograph.org.uk - 2527055

The lake, Llandrindod Wells

Pavilion Cafe at 8km on the Llanelli Millennium Coastal Park - geograph.org.uk - 853893

Pavilion Cafe at 8km on the Llanelli Millennium Coastal Park

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

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