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Route to Grey Alders / Wernlwyd
You really need a car if you are touring this area, but for those coming for an event, you can arrive by public transport. Therefore, the nearest bus station and the nearest train station are both in Carmarthen. The train station (short code CMN) is on the Great Western route out of Paddington but you may need to change to Arriva Trains Wales in Newport or Swansea. (Do NOT book to Pen-y-bont or you will end in the town of Bridgend, not to be confused with our tiny nearby village which has no railway station!)
Accordingly, we can pick you up in Carmarthen if we know your Estimated Time of Arrival. BUT: there is a local bus, the 225, which leaves Carmarthen Bus Station at 12:00 and 17:25 and brings you to a crossroads 1.3 miles from us – and we can pick you up from there. When you arrive at Carmarthen Station, turn LEFT out of the station and look for a footbridge over the River Towy. That takes you straight to the bus station.
(SatNav SA33 6QN brings you to our gate)
Follow the M4 westbound. That is quickest and there are now no M4 bridge tolls. (Do NOT turn off to Pen-y-bont or you will end in the town of Bridgend, not to be confused with our tiny nearby village which has no motorway!) Or you can take the M40 turning off at Oxford to join the A40 to Gloucester and Ross-on-Wye (see route below).
Follow the M5 south to the M50 turnoff. Take the M50 to Ross-on-Wye.
At Ross, follow the A40 to Monmouth, then watch for the A40 turn-off to Abergavenny. At Abergavenny take the A465 to Merthyr Tydfil, then on to Neath, then carry on the A465 to join the M4, third exit at the M4 roundabout junction 43.
(If you need fuel, ASDA Swansea SA6 8PS is cheapest. Come off at M4 Jn 44 and drive straight down the hill, watching for the speed camera, through two sets of lights at junctions, and take a right at the roundabout at the bottom of the hill after the second petrol station. Then left at the next roundabout and left at the next and you can’t miss the ASDA fuel. There is also Burger King and KFC on your left. Then come back to the original roundabout, take third exit (the direction you were travelling originally) . Second exit at the next roundabout, through the traffic lights, up the hill then keep going until you come back to the M4 Westbound just past the hospital.)
Keep going west on the M4, signposted Carmarthen, to its end at the Pont Abraham roundabout (Junction 48). Take the exit after the services onto the A48 signposted Carmarthen.
At Crosshands roundabout take third exit A48 signposted Carmarthen
Pass Nantycaws garage on the right.
You will eventually come down a hill into Carmarthen to a roundabout with traffic lights. During normal times skip the brackets and go to ‘Carmarthen’.
(HOWEVER, if traffic is heavy, or you are arriving on a Saturday morning, turn right after the garage and drop into Carmarthen by the Nant-y-caws route sp Dyfed-Powys Police (it’s the old A48). Once at the Range / PC World roundabout, go straight across, right at the next roundabout, past the railway station and turn left at the lights. Then follow the signs to Fishguard, St Clears until you arrive at the B&Q roundabout – see below. Taking a right at those lights then a left at St Peter’s church brings you to King Street and Wetherspoons SA31 1BH if you are hungry.)
At this roundabout (the ‘McDonalds’ roundabout)) take second exit A40 sp Fishguard, St Clears.
At next roundabout (B&Q) take first exit A40 sp Fishguard, St Clears.
Pass petrol station on the right.
Take right turn signposted Meidrim B4298 (this was the old A40!)
Turn right again signposted Meidrim B4298
In Meidrim turn sharp right just after the bridge and Fountain Inn, sp Trelech, Newcastle Emlyn (Castedd Newydd Emlyn) B4299.
Climb up the hill to the summit. Then CHOICE! Slow pretty short route or quicker but longer. Your SatNav might take you either way.
Turn left sp ‘Gellywen’ or ‘Gelliwen’. Take next right sp ‘Velindre’ or ‘Felindre’. Go past the houses of upper Gelliwen, go carefully down the hill, pass a house on the right, follow the river, over the bridge, pass another house, round the big bend, pass a third house then onto a straight which leads to farm buildings. At that point take a very sharp right up the hill and Wernlwyd (Grey Alders) is 0.4 mile on the left. You will see a white bollard on your right. When you see a red one on your left, you’ll be arriving at our gate which will be on your left.
Carry on past the Gelliwen turn for two-and-a-half miles. Take next left at crossroads. Go past the monkey puzzle trees, down the hill, over the bridge, round the bends, pass the galvanised bins and onto a straight. Bear right at Panthowell, bear left at Pantmelyn, go partway down the hill and Wernlwyd (Grey Alders) is on the right. Once more, even from this opposite direction, you will see a white bollard on your right. When you see a red one on your left, you’ll be arriving at our gate which this way is on your right. How do we do that of the bollards? You’ll see!
Whichever route you take, remember the Lord sends rain as a blessing and Wales is one of the most blessed part of the United Kingdom. Moreover, Grey Alders is a farm. You’ll be welcome to walk around the fields and you might even go on a proper walk. Therefore, bring outdoor rainwear and Wellington boots!
If you are self-catering, you do not need to bring any beef or mutton. Both are on sale in our farm shop. As is soap!