Visit The Blaenafon Cheddar Company in Blaenavon, a World Heritage Site. Here you will find a selection of hand made Cheddar and goat’s cheese made with quality local ingredients - one of which is matured underground at the neighbouring Big Pit National Coal Museum. As you’re in Blaenavon take this opportunity to pop down to Big Pit. The underground tour takes you 92 metres (300 feet) underground with a real miner.
Your next stop is the Penderyn Welsh Whisky Company, situated in the small village of Penderyn, within the Brecon Beacons National Park. It’s the only distillery left in Wales and one of the smallest in the world. Not only does it produce the finest quality single malt whisky but also a range of Welsh spirits such as Merlyn liqueur, Brecon Vodka and Brecon Gin. Visitors can experience the distilling, bottling process and the history of whisky making in Wales. And of course you’ll get to sample the spirits.
Approximate distance : 50 miles / 78km
Approximate travelling time : 1hr 10 mins
Overnight suggestion : Swansea
Head to Swansea Market. You can try a range of Welsh delicacies including cockles from the tidal Penclawdd Sands and laverbread, an edible seaweed. Fresh fish here is especially good, as are locally reared lamb and beef, Gower vegetables and local cheeses. Follow the aroma in the market to sample freshly baked Welsh cakes which you’ll find on the bakestone or griddle.
Head further west to Llandeilo. At Heavenly you can indulge in luxurious chocolates, ice cream and deserts. They have a reputation for creating unique ice cream flavours - all made using Welsh organic milk and cream. Three of these are made from ingredients grown at nearby Aberglasney Gardens – Oranges, Lavender and Banana.
If you have time, visit Aberglasney House and Gardens, just a short journey from Llandeilo. The Garden Lost in Time features a Cloister Garden, Pool Garden, Stream Garden, an 18th century Yew Tunnel and an award-winning 'Ninfarium', an indoor garden with exotic plants from around the world.
Approximate distance : 26 miles / 42 miles
Approximate travelling time : 40mins
Overnight suggestion : Swansea / Llanelli
Your next stop is St Davids, the smallest city in Britain, in the heart of Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. Known more for its cathedral and stunning scenery, St Davids has rocketed on to the British culinary map and has become a top foodie destination.
Britain's smallest city now boasts more eateries per head of population than anywhere else in the UK. You may want to wander around St Davids before going on to Caerfai Farm. It's an organic dairy farm which uses various forms of alternative energy. You can buy their Cheddar and Caerphilly cheeses, organic milk, home made bread and croissants in the farm shop but note it's only open in the summer. If you've got time take a stroll to Caerfai Bay, it's just a five minute walk.
Approximate distance: Swansea to St Davids via Pembertons 78 miles / 125 km (65 miles / 105 km if travelling from Llanelli)
Approximate travelling time: 2 hours 15 min from Swansea / 2 hours from Llanelli
Overnight suggestion: St Davids, Haverfordwest
Visit Caws Cenarth visitor centre where you can learn about the organic cheese-making process. You may get to see Thelma cutting the delicate curd.
Just a few miles from New Quay you will find New Quay Honey Farm with a shop, tea-room and exhibition. As well as producing honey they make mead, a sweet alcoholic drink made since the Middle Ages from honey.
At nearby Aberaeron you will find Hive on the Quay which specialises in locally caught fish, organic food and honey ice-cream. Fish on the Quay also sell locally caught fish such as crab, lobster, sewin (sea-trout) and scallops. It has been recognised in Rick Stein's Food heroes Guide and by Henrietta Green, a British food expert. Allow time to take a stroll around Aberaeron. Many of its independent shops sell crafts and local produce.
Approx. distance: 65 miles / 105 km (from St Davids) 56 miles / 90 km (from Haverfordwest)
Approx. travelling time: 2 hours (from St Davids) 1 hour 50 mins (from Haverfordwest)
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