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Walks in Carmarthenshire

Whether you’re contemplating a walking holiday or if you just like to stretch your legs and view the scenery, there's a superb selection of walks to choose from in Carmarthenshire. Whether you prefer woodland, hillside, coast or riverside, there is a route to suit all tastes, weather and level of fitness. Some of the hills are steep-sided, with great views from the summit or ridge, but there are plenty of easy to moderate strolls along flat land and also several good walks for families, including the Country Parks: Pembrey, Gelli Aur, Llyn Llech Owain and Sandy Water Park.

The vast Brechfa Forest and Crychan Forest have a network of well-marked paths and cycleways. Coniferous plantations with densely-planted trees standing straight and powerful create a particular tangy freshness in the air. Carmarthenshire also has many deciduous woodlands: some just ancient oaks, but others with a beautiful mixture of trees such as beech, oak, ash and willow.

There are lakes, reservoirs, castles and ancient monuments in abundance as well as drovers’ routes and Roman Roads in the area around LlandoveryCarreg Cennen and Dinefwr, near Llandeilo.

Understandably, many of the walks centre on the divine River Towy with its twists and turns and even the odd oxbow lake - for the delight of those who never believed they’d actually see one despite the enticing pictures in the Geography textbooks.

Lots of interesting birds can be spotted around the peaceful woodlands and countryside of the heart of Carmarthenshire. There’s an RSPB reserve near Rhandyrmwyn, Gwenffrwd Dinas, and not far away the Wildlife Trust oversees Nant Melyn Reserve. See our page on Birds to see inland in West Wales.

The Teifi Valley

There is much ancient woodland in this area - that is to say that it has been in existence since at least 1600. These woods are significant for nature conservation as they tend to provide viable habitats for more plant and animal species than younger woods. If you are in an ancient woodland there will be species such as Herb Paris (rare), cow wheat (uncommon), bluebell, crab apple, wood spurge (quite common).

Woollen mills in villages of the area thrived in the industrial era of the 19th Century. The parish of Drefach Felindre was known as "the Huddersfield of Wales" and was one of the most prolific in the manufacture of flannel, a cloth which was valuable in providing warm clothing for the coal workers in South Wales and soldiers in the First World War. In the mid-1920s, over 50 mills were operating and many old mills can be seen on the Bargod, Bran and Esgair streams which once provided the power.

The area around Llandysul crosses the county boundary between Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire so you might also like to look at Walks in Ceredigion/Carmarthenshire.

Holiday cottages in Carmarthenshire

If you are looking for somewhere to stay for your walking holiday in Carmarthenshire, why not take a look at our Carmarthenshire holiday cottages?

Walks

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Abergorlech

Area: Brechfa County: Carmarthenshire
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3 walks: 1 short (1m); 1 medium (3.5m) and 1 long (5m). A lovely walk even on a rainy day. See ruins of the mill by the pretty bridge. The River Cothi is glorious but take care on any solid rock as it can be slippery in wet weather. look out for the strangely-shaped stones which are dried nodules of iron-rich mudstone.

  • Circular
  • Distance: approximately 6 miles
  • Time: approximately 3 hours
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Brechfa Forest

Area: Brechfa County: Carmarthenshire
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3 main walks. From Abergorlech, walk northwest and back in circle for 3.5m (2hrs). Extend further north to include Forest Garden Walk (5m and 3 hrs). Can be slippery. Alt parking at Byrgwm (west of Abergorlech) for 4mile walk over 2.5 hours. All are moderate. Views of Cothi and forest.

  • Circular
  • Cafe/Pub
  • Distance: approximately 3.5 miles
  • Time: approximately 2 hours
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Brechfa, Bygwm Walk

Area: Brechfa County: Carmarthenshire
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A 4 mile walk through the forest opening up to give views of the Cothi Valley. The path can be muddy in wet weather but the woodland is lovely as are the views.

  • Circular
  • Distance: approximately 4 miles
  • Time: approximately 2 hours
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Bronwydd

Area: Carmarthen County: Carmarthenshire
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Just north of Carmarthen. Much on surfaced tracks and lanes. Steep woodland on the side of the river Gwili was coppiced in the past. There's a steep climb to the top of Cerig Fawr, where views are good and there is Iron Age fort on summit. Other important neolithic monuments are at Crug, near Newchurch.

  • Circular
  • Distance: approximately 6.5 miles
  • Time: approximately 3 hours, 30 minutes
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Bynea to Discovery Centre

Area: Llanelli County: Carmarthenshire
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A walk which offers a break for great food. The route follows the Millennium Coastal Park's cycle and walking path.

  • Coastal
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  • Coastal Path Section
  • Distance: approximately 6 miles
  • Time: approximately 3 hours
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Carmarthen

Area: Carmarthen County: Carmarthenshire
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Much of the route, which is 10 miles around the outer circle, is over quite level ground on surfaced paths or country lanes. There are a few hills and some farmland to cross in the rural areas. Many sights to spot and reservoirs on the edge of the walk.

  • Circular
  • Cafe/Pub
  • Distance: approximately 10 miles
  • Time: approximately 5 hours
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Carmarthen to Llansteffan

Area: Carmarthen County: Carmarthenshire
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From Carmarthen to Llansteffan, this walk goes via lanes and farms on the Llansteffan Peninsula and coastal path for the final section,

  • Coastal
  • Cafe/Pub
  • Coastal Path Section
  • Distance: approximately 12 miles
  • Time: approximately 6 hours
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Carreg Cennen Short Walk

Area: Llandeilo County: Carmarthenshire
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This is a lovely stroll around the perimeter of the castle through countryside which is both beautiful and interesting from historical viewpoint. Paths can be muddy in wet weather.

  • Circular
  • Cafe/Pub
  • Distance: approximately 1.5 miles
  • Time: approximately 1 hour
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Carreg Cennen South

Area: Llandeilo County: Carmarthenshire
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The route takes you from the castle to the Llygod Llwchwe cave. It's quite steep in places and will appeal to those wanting a quite challenging hike. Agricultural areas and woodland. Lots to see including pillow mounds.

  • Circular
  • Cafe/Pub
  • Distance: approximately 3.5 miles
  • Time: approximately 1 hour, 30 minutes
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Carreg Cennen West

Area: Llandeilo County: Carmarthenshire
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This loop is less steep than the South version. It also has lots of interest and superb views.

  • Circular
  • Cafe/Pub
  • Distance: approximately 3.1 miles
  • Time: approximately 1 hour, 30 minutes
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