by Gar Cole
Weekend of August 20-23, 2021
A fabulous mix of scenic coastal driving and heavy engineering as the group heads to mid Wales.
Base camp and start of the drive will be Brynowen holiday park near Aberystwyth. From here we take the scenic coastal route on the A465 to the Internal Fire museum of power, just outside of Cardigan at Tany Y Groes featuring huge diesel and steam engines from the industrial and maritime past. From the museum we will head inland passing through remote villages and towns such as Newcastle Emlyn as we meander north back towards our second stop of the day at Rheidol hydro electric power station. Set in stunning scenery the group will be allowed to park up and explore the reservoir and dam itself before going inside on a pre-arranged tour of the inner workings of the power station including the huge water turbines; hot and cold refreshments are available at the visitor centre.
Sunday's part 2 will involve a gentle 7 mile drive to the Vale of Rheidol steam railway, a fantastic 12 mile narrow gauge railway winding it's way up and around impressive terrain before arriving at Devils Bridge Water Falls. For those that don't wish to use the steam railway an alternative driving route will be provided and you can meet the train and those riding it at Devils Bridge for some excellent photo opportunities.
The tour is free for members to enter - food & accommodation at your own cost.