Plenty to do
These three trails have been carefully researched to show the highlights of this stunning area, and will be enjoyable at all times of the year, though perhaps not in snowdrifts! Just double-click on the trail title and you’ll get pictures, map and directions, all ready to go. Don’t forget to check the blog for more local activities, events and news.
The western half of the Brecon Beacons National Park is known as Fforest Fawr Geopark (literally, large forest) and it is undoubtedly a national treasure. It encompasses mountain and moorland, woods and meadows, towns and villages, lakes and rivers. Most of the settlements have been here a long, long time, so when you take this trail, you are never far away from a dramatic moment in history.
Starting from the town of Llandovery, this trail follows some of the paths taken by the drovers who once took large herds of cattle on a trek hundreds of miles long, all the way from small farms in west Wales to great meat markets in England – Hereford, London, the Midlands. Hundreds of years earlier, the Romans found fortunes in the land itself, mining for gold at Pumsaint – which these days you can actually try yourself! But the true treasures of this trip are the magnificent unspoilt beauty spots and the amazing wildlife in places such as Cwm Rhaeadr, Rhandir-mwyn and Dinas-Gwenffrwd RSPB reserve at Ystrad-ffin, where the young Tywi rushes by.
The romantic ruins of the Tywi valley are set in the most majestic of landscapes. There’s the rolling parkland of Dinefwr Park, the lush meadows of the river valley, laced with country lanes and pathways, and imposing hills crowned, as you would expect, with castles, silhouettes against the sky.It’s no wonder that for personal celebrations of many kinds,the lovely stretch of the Tywi valley around Llandeilo is the perfect choice. In the town itself you can eat, drink and be merry; you can buy a work of art or piece of craft that will be yours forever; you can shop for a wedding dress … And always on the horizon are the russets and purples of the Black Mountain, a perfect backdrop to the Tywi’s graceful loops.
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