How has the Twizy changed our experience of the National Park? For a start, we find we are visiting new places and attractions because travelling there is fun in itself. Secondly we are discovering the fantastic network of tiny by-roads which will take you almost anywhere across the Park through rolling hill scenery, over tiny stone bridges and tucked away villages – most of which our fast A to B trunk roads miss. The best of the National Park lies off the beaten track. Cyclists and walkers know and appreciate that but it’s difficult for car drivers to share the experience.
In the glorious September weather, we’ve done a couple of long-ish Twizy trips. The first was a 50 mile round trip to visit Myddfai’s new community centre, local arts and crafts shop and café – as featured last year on BBC TV’s Village SOS programme.
Our Twizy trip started at Brecon Cathedral. We headed out West on the quiet back road via Cantref and Pentre-felin which takes you all the way nearly to Trecastle with fabulous views over the Usk valley and Pen-y-Fan to the South. We then nipped a quick couple of miles along the busier A40 before turning off again to the South in Trecastle where we climbed up and up above the Usk Reservoir and enjoyed a glorious run across open moorland with views for miles in all directions with only the sheep for company before turning and cutting steeply down a winding lane and into Myddfai village.
The Myddfai centre has a large array of PV panels on its conference centre roof and we were invited to park the Twizy up, plug in and enjoy an hour’s recharge of our Twizy batteries powered by the sun. That gave us just the right length of time to enjoy a cheese toastie and tea for lunch in the café while we chatted to the very friendly community volunteers and had a wander around the impressive array of local arts and crafts in the Myddfai shop. The shop includes Myddfai branded herbal remedies in the tradition of the legendary Physicians of Myddfai whose legacy lives on with the locals still using plant remedies following wisdom passed down through generations.
This is a really unusual place and well worth a visit. It’s hard to say which one might enjoy the most the journey across open country to get there or the fascinating Myddfai location itself.
Returning, we chose a slightly different route to include a glorious run over by the National Park Mountain Centre with panoramic views of the Pen-y-fan range and the option of tea and cake and a charge if we had needed it.