Our favourite pub walks!
The Cennen Arms Inn is one of Wales’ true hidden gems in an unspoilt location in the picturesque village of Trapp. The Inn is a real old fashioned country pub. It’s fabulous Olde Worlde decor and easy atmosphere is perfect to relax and unwind following a strenuous walk at Carreg Cennen.
Carreg Cennen is one of Carmarthenshire’s most famous castles, set in it’s imposing position on top of a limestone crag, above the river Cennen, the castle has great views over the Black Mountain and it was voted as one of Britain’s most romantic ruins by BBC Countryfile Magazine readers.
Two great walks can be followed from the Cennen Arms around the castle and into the surrounding countryside, they are both way marked with red or yellow castle signs and are easy to follow. The Yellow castle walk is around 2 miles long and takes you from the castle down into the valley below and the woods, before following the river and returning along wooded paths to the Cennen Arms.
The red way marked trail is around 5 miles or 12 km long and is more challenging than the yellow trail. The walk takes you from the castle down through the woods and into the valley below where you cross the river and head up the valley side onto the Black Mountain, you can spot Red Kites and Buzzards here as they circle above looking for prey. Follow the path onto the country road and then turn to cross fields and head down into the valley again, before returning to the pub along a quiet wooded path. The red castle walk is circular and gives the walker great 360 degree views of the castle as you progress around it. To finish your day call head to the Cennen Arms, for a well earned drink, they have a great menu too.
Llyn y Fan Fach
The Kings Head in Llandovery situated the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park, just off the A40 is a traditional coaching inn, with a history that dates back to the 17th century. It was once the home of the Bank of the Black Ox today the Kings Head is the perfect modern day coaching inn and the preferred choice of many walkers, especially those ready to tackle the walk to Llyn Y Fan Fach. Two fantastic walks await you at Llyn Y Fan Fach, one fairly easy walk approximately 4.5km this walk takes you from the car park along the riverside and up to the side of the lake. The second walk is more challenging, 14km in length along mountainous terrain taking you up to the highest point in Carmarthenshire. Hear you can expect to see glorious far reaching views across South Wales to the Bristol Channel.
It’s not just the location that keeps regulars and visitors coming back for more. Mouth watering food, including prize winning black beef from Glantywi Farm, an abundance of fresh local produce and hand-cut chips are served with pride at the Kings Head. With many of their meals served on traditional Welsh slates, dining at the Kings Head is an experience not to be missed. A selection of great ales and a true Welsh welcome all await you at the Kings Head in Llandovery, whatever the season.
If you’re visiting Llanelli for the first time, it won’t take you long to work out what makes this energetic and historic town tick. Llanelli wears its heart on its sleeve. The coast which was once so important to Llanelli’s import and export trade is now the jewel in the crown of Llanelli’s tourism business. Thousands of visitors a year are now making their way to discover the breathtaking Millennium Coastal Park and the best way to experience it is by foot. Everyone who walks the award-winning park leaves with a lasting memory of its scale and beauty. In just over 10 years, the 22 kilometres of coastline along the Loughor estuary has been transformed into a unique array of tourist attractions, wildlife habitats and leisure facilities.
When walking the Millennium Coastal Park there’s nothing better than stopping for a quick bite to eat! There’s plenty of choice, from ice cream at the Discovery Centre’s ice cream parlour, or a light bite at Flanagan’s Coastline Café, with great views over the bay, or for a longer walk, park your car at Sandy Water Park car park and walk to the left around the lake or alternatively bear left through the woods where there are great sculptures from the Mabinogion. When you reach the end of the lake or exit the woods bear left passed the sculpture on the hill then turn right along the well surfaced wide path, nearest the beach and continue forwards for around 1km. Turn right along a path for 1/2km until you reach the village of Pwll and the main road. Turn left and continue along the road to the Bryngwyn Pub on the right. A commitment to great quality food and customer care has led to the "Bryngwyn" becoming a popular pub with both locals and visitors alike. Once your appetite is satisfied, leave the pub, turn left and make your way back to the path. Bear left after 1km taking you back around the lake and back to your car.
As one of the great historical capitals of Wales, Llandeilo demands that you sit up and take notice. Indeed the town itself, in all its wonderful colours and Georgian splendour, appears to be sitting up and preening itself, perched as it is high on the hillside overlooking the bridge over the River Tywi. Llandeilo is now carving out a new place in history as the capital of 'cool' in Carmarthenshire. This is the place where rural chic (fashion and ladies who lunch) meets rural feet (farmers in their wellies) and the result is a real treat. The chitter-chatter in the street can be about slurry or style - both equally important in their own way! It’s a fusion which works.
There are two fantastic walks to explore in this unique town. One leisurely walk 2.5km long starts at the main town car park firstly taking you past the beautiful St Teilo’s Church, past St Teilos well onto the National Trust Dinefwr Estate before heading up to experience some fantastic views at Penlan Park. If you would prefer a longer walk through this fantastic town then the second walk is for you. An 8km walk following the same route as the first walk but continues past Llandyfasaint Church extending the route through wonderful parkland leading to Dinefwr Castle before taking you past the National Trust Newton House and finally finishing at Penlan Park. Which ever walk you decide be sure to stop off for a rest at the Angel. Enjoy the ambience of the cosy bar, choose a glass of wine from their extensive list, sup one of the four ever changing guest ales or cool off with a refreshing pint of lager or sample the culinary delights they offer an extensive menu with daily specials boards.
Tourism Officer Rhys Anthony comments - "For an amazing view of the Tywi Valley, you’ve got to go walk this walk, the view from Dinefwr Castle is magical. It’s a truly tranquil vantage point from which you can see the silver Towy river meander its way down from the Beacons, past crumbling castles and through Lord of the Rings style scenery!".