Our favourite bluebell walks
Carmarthenshire has great nature reserves and at this time of year they are bursting back to life with spring leaves, and fantastic shows of bluebells and other wild flowers such as wild garlic and orchids. You’ll also spot animals and birds, and it’s always worth keeping an eye out for the red kite overhead with it’s easily spotted forked tail. Visit the reserves to take in the sights and smells, they are great places for a walk with the children, romantic walks and even your dog will love it! Why not make an afternoon of it and call in one of the fantastic and varied restaurants or pubs for a well deserved meal after your walk.
Aberglasney Gardens are fine historical gardens dating from around 1477, renowned for their use or rare and unusual plants the gardens are a favourite of keen plantsmen and plantswomen. Spring sees the Stream Garden and Pigeon House Woods carpeted in Bluebells, Wild Garlic, Early Purple Orchids and Wood Anemones. Take a break with tea and homemade cake on the terrace overlooking the lake and be enveloped as the wind wafts the overpowering heady scent of Bluebells from the woods.
For further details see aberglasney.org.
Dinas Nature Reserve Rhandirmwyn, near Llandovery
Take a relaxing walk along way-marked paths through wet and oak woodlands to the fast-flowing River Tywi, circle the mountain, and visit Twm Sion Cati’s cave (a local Robin Hood character). The woods are one of the best in Carmarthenshire for bluebells and can be seen from the end of March, often into May, they carpet the woodland floor in blue and their smell is overpowering! You can also see orchids and other flowers growing in and near the woods. You can spot Red Kites as they circle above looking for prey (they have forked tails) aswell as many other birds and animals. Great views are seen from the walk as the river Tywi crashes through the valley. Why not call in "Ty Te Twm" in Rhandirmwyn for great cake and a cup of tea, or even visit the Royal Oak, or Tywi Bridge Inn in the village for great food. The reserve has a RSPB car park, and interpretation boards with visitor information, a £1 donation for parking can be put in the honesty box. Grid Ref SN787470. For Further information contact Carmarthen TIC on 01267 231557.
Castle Woods at Dinefwr Park and Castle, near Llandeilo
This well known reserve is made up of ancient mixed and oak woodland with one of the best spring carpets of bluebells in the county, best viewed from the end of March to May. Recently featured in Red magazine as one of the best in the UK. After you marvel at the bluebells why not take a walk to the castle for great views over the Tywi Valley. Why not call in the tearoom at Newton house for homemade cakes and a cup of tea or even treat yourself to lunch in one of Llandeilo’s fantastic pubs or hotels. Grid Ref SN625221. Parking is at the National Trust’s Dinefwr Park and Castle car park where visitor information and walk leaflets can be found at the reception office. For further information contact Dinefwr Park and Castle on 01558 824512 or see nationaltrust.org.uk or Carmarthen TIC on 01267 231557.
GOOGLE MAP Castle Walk
Carmel Woods Nature Reserve, Llandybie
Nature reserve built around a massive quarry near Llandybie, one of the best places to see bluebells in Carmarthenshire, best seen end of March to May. Youll also see swathes of wild garlic and youll also smell them! The flowers are great in a salad! Also at the reserve is the intriguing disappearing turlough lake fed only by underground water - it vanishes in the summer! Above youll spot Red Kites circling for prey, (theyre the ones with forked tails) aswell as many other species of birds and animals. Other interesting flora seen at the reserve include the greater butterfly orchid, birds foot trefoil and lily of the valley. A car park can be seen off the A476, near SA14 7TL or near the village of Pentregwenlais near Llandybie. Grid Ref SN589161. For Further information contact Carmarthen TIC on 01267 231557.
Green Castle Woods, near Carmarthen
Visit these mixed oak woods, with rich wildflower meadows and wetland areas and wander along the way marked trails through the wood. Between the end of March and May swathes of bluebells and other wildflowers may be seen carpeting the woodland floor. Great views towards Carmarthen, the Tywi Valley, and towards Ferryside across the estuary. The new All Wales Coast Path passes through the reserve. Grid Ref SN391167. A free visitor car park and information boards are located off the B4312 between Carmarthen and Llansteffan. For Further information contact Carmarthen TIC on 01267 231557.
Crychan Forest, near Llandovery
Nestled between the Brecon Beacons and the Cambrian Mountains in the north of Carmarthenshire, Crychan Forest offers miles of way marked trails along grassy tracks and forest roads. The end of March to May sees the spring the forest floor carpeted by thousands of stunning bluebells, perfuming the air with their heady aroma. Wildlife includes many species such as badgers, foxes, roe deer, goshawks, buzzards, and the graceful red kite. The forest is served by ample car parking at four sites and welcomes walkers, cyclists and horse riders, on its various family friendly way-marked trails. The reserve is located to the North East of Llandovery on the A483. Grid Ref SN848410. Further information contact Carmarthen TIC on 01267 231557.
Cwm Rhaeadr, Cilycwm Woods, near Llandovery
Located in the Tywi valley north of Llandovery, Cwm Rhaeadr forest has great spring displays of bluebells and other flowers under the forest canopy. The waymarked trails take you through the best bits of the forest, through massive trees and along bright glades. Walkers who follow the Waterfall walk will gain glimpses of the waterfall through the trees as they are taken along valley sides as they are taken into the further reaches of the forest. There is even an accessible walk giving access to the forest for all abilities including wheelchair users. Adrenalin junkies may like to try the challenging red graded mountain bike course describes by MBR magazine as "one of the best trails........ anywhere in the UK". The forest is well placed for the visitor with great food at the Neuadd Fawr Inn in Cilycwm and numerous establishments just south down the road in Llandovery, or to the North in Rhandirmwyn! Grid ref: SN765422. Leaflets detailing the various trails are available from Carmarthen Tourist Information Centre. The forest has a visitors car park with interpretation boards just through the village of Cilycwm. For further information contact Carmarthen TIC on 01267 231557.
Tregib Woods near Llandeilo are one of the most spectacular Bluebell woods in Wales. Each spring the woods are transformed by a carpet of bright blue and the air fills with the heady perfume of the masses of Bluebells. As well as Bluebells, the woods are also full of Wild Garlic and even Early Purple Orchids can be seen. Wild garlic is great in salads, with the flower-heads adding great tasting interest to any meal! The woods are a Site of Special Scientific Interest and are managed by the Woodland Trust who provide a car park for visitors, way-marked trails running through the woods, a sculpture trail and benches for you to relax on. Wildlife highlights includes foxes, badgers, rabbits, rare doormice and even deer, while birdlife includes buzzards, red kites and many others! The Town of Llandeilo is nearby and has great restaurants, cafes, shops and a great gallery! woodlandtrust.org.uk