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Trecastle

 
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The village of Trecastle is situated on the A 40 trunk road between Brecon and Llandovery.

Trecastle was at one time an old coaching village on the route from Gloucester to Llandovery. Evidence for this can still be seen by the continuing presence of some of the old inns which provided accommodation for travellers. on reaching Trecastle.

If you turn onto the minor road adjacent to one of the old coaching inns, the Castle hotel. this minor road leads to the Usk Reservoir, and the scenic route to Llanddeusant with its splendid views of the Carmarthen Fans.

Trecastle is named after an early 12th century motte and bailey fortification built by Bernard de Neufmarche, only half the brother of the William the Conqueror. it is the largest example of a Motte and Bailey to be found in the National Park. Near the village can be found the site of Y Pigwn - an important Roman military overnight marching camp.

In Trecastle today you will find a few places to eat and drink, some antique shops and overnight accommodation.

The Castle Coaching Inn An Award Winning 3 Star Country Hotel and Restaurant Trecastle, Brecon, Powys. LD3 8UH Wales, United Kingdom Tel: 01874 636354 ~ Fax: 01874 636457
Email: enquiries@castle-coaching-inn.co.uk


The A 40 Trunk Road between Brecon and Llandovery passes through Trecastle.  Near the appropriately named hamlet of Halfway located between Trecastle and Llandovery there is a noticeable obelisk on the roadside which commemorates a coach full of passengers which went over the edge and down into the adjoining river Valley in 1835.  The stage coach was driven by a drunken driver and the obelisk which is known locally as the "coachman's cautionary" or the "mail coach pillar" is one of the earliest warnings against drink driving. 
 

 

 

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