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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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Cenarth to Newcastle Emlyn

Area: Teifi Valley County: Carmarthenshire
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Linear walk which follows course of the glorious River Teifi. There are many buses (see our Walks in Ceredigion page for link) to take you back to start point. Park whichever end you choose. Mostly gentle walking with just a couple of fairly steep sections.

  • Cafe/Pub
  • Distance: approximately 3 miles
  • Time: approximately 1 hour
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Cilycwm

Area: Towy Valley County: Carmarthenshire
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Between Llandovery and Llyn Brianne, this lovely village is the starting point for many walks. Some are challenging, going up onto Mynydd Mallaen, or choose gentle alternatives along valley or country lanes. Lots of interest eg Soar Chapel, one of the first Methodist chapels in Wales just east of Cilycwm. Walks of various lengths.

  • Circular
  • Cafe/Pub
  • Distance: approximately 2.5 miles
  • Time: approximately 1 hour
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Coed y Foel and Capel Dewi

Area: Llandysul County: Ceredigion/Carmarthenshire
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Park in Llandysul but also can start Coed y Foel or Capel Dewi. Nice mix of woodland, farmland, river path, country lanes. Lovely views from high points. Moderate.

  • Circular
  • Cafe/Pub
  • Distance: approximately 8 miles
  • Time: approximately 4 hours, 30 minutes
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Coed y Foel Woodland and Countryside

Area: Llandysul County: Ceredigion/Carmarthenshire
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To avoid having to walk a mile on the main road back to Llandysul, park at the woodland carpark and start the walk there. If you do this, cut distance by 1 mile. Views are lovely. A few uphill sections. A version of this walk featured in Julian Collins. The map marker shows the start of the walk NOT a parking place

  • Circular
  • Cafe/Pub
  • Distance: approximately 5.6 miles
  • Time: approximately 3 hours
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Cwm Du Long

Area: Talley County: Carmarthenshire
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The quaint village of Cwmdu, which has been recently restored, sits in the middle of some glorious countryside. You use country lanes and tracks for much of this walk. Some steep bits.

  • Circular
  • Cafe/Pub
  • Distance: approximately 6.5 miles
  • Time: approximately 3 hours
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Cwm Du north

Area: Talley County: Carmarthenshire
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A botanist's paradise in summer. Paths through meadows of flowers are Sites of Special Scientific Interest. There may be marshy ground.

  • Circular
  • Cafe/Pub
  • Distance: approximately 2 miles
  • Time: approximately 1 hour
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Cwm Du south

Area: Talley County: Carmarthenshire
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This quaint village which has been recently restored, sits in the middle of some glorious countryside. You use country lanes and tracks for much of this walk. Some steep bits.

  • Circular
  • Cafe/Pub
  • Distance: approximately 2 miles
  • Time: approximately 1 hour
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Dinefwr Park

Area: Llandeilo County: Carmarthenshire
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A reasonably level walk around the National Trust grounds and Dinefwr Castle and Newton House, please note there is an entry fee. You may see cattle and deer on your walk around this SSSI status area

  • Circular
  • Cafe/Pub
  • Distance: approximately 6 miles
  • Time: approximately 2 hours, 30 minutes
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Discovery Centre (Llanelli) to Kidwelly

Area: Llanelli County: Carmarthenshire
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A coastal walk which offers plenty of attractions to visit along the way. There are also many places to stop and eat.

  • Coastal
  • Cafe/Pub
  • Distance: approximately 13 miles
  • Time: approximately 6 hours, 30 minutes
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Dolaucothi

Area: Nowhere in particular County: Carmarthenshire
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Walk around the gold mines and across a nearby estate before climbing up to a trig point to enjoy the view. There is a charge If you want to go into the National Trust gold mine where there is a cafe.

  • Circular
  • Distance: approximately 4 miles
  • Time: approximately 6 hours
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