The steep sided valleys and rolling uplands of Carmarthenshire that give the County its unique beauty may appear a daunting or inhospitable place for some disabled visitors. However there are a number of wonderful areas that ought to be considered. In numerous places access has been improved by providing level surfaced paths and paths of a gentle gradient. Car parking and other facilities are also available within rural settings. Carmarthenshire County Council’s ilocal website shows where Countryside sites and facilities can be found.
All the picnic sites should be considered as they are located in attractive places, often with wonderful views and paths that are wheelchair friendly. Click here for detailed information on all the County’s picnic sites.
Has a picnic site and viewing platform that overlooks three Counties and the sweep of Coastline towards Pembrokeshire. It is a particularly good place to watch for predatory birds like Buzzard and Kestrel that soar on the rising air along the ridge. (Access is from Heol Mynydd/Mountain Road, approx 1km south of Trimsaran).
Cenarth picnic site is in a picturesque spot next to the river Teifi, where a beautiful old bridge spans the river to join Carmarthenshire to Ceredigion. Just upstream of the bridge is Cenarth falls. During the Salmon run the fish can be seen jumping the falls.
Country Parks, Nature Park and Woodland Park
Managed by the County Council, are good venues for all visitors whatever their level of ability. Anyone with an appreciation for beautiful landscapes, plant and animal life will enjoy a visit to these informal parklands. They vary enormously each having its own distinctive character, from ancient woodland, riverbanks and ponds to heath land, seashore and dunes. All the parks have significant lengths of surfaced paths of a gentle gradient without steps or other hindrance.
Pembrey and Llyn Llech Owen Country Parks
Park Rangers at Pembrey and Llyn Llech Owen are happy to provide advice and assistance. For further details see Pembrey & Llyn Llech Owain.
Mynydd Mawr Woodland Park
Mynydd Mawr Woodland Park is in Tumble and has extensive surfaced paths on level ground alongside ponds, woods and meadows. Only 4km from the A48 at Crosshands junction.
Ynys Dawela Nature Park
Situated just west of Upper Brynamman. Disabled visitor parking is available on Brynbach Road and the park is entered via a wide footbridge. There are surfaced paths of a gentle gradient giving access to most of the park which is an attractive mix of ancient meadowland and naturally regenerated woodland. Information panels are dotted about the park offering information about the park’s history and wildlife. The wild flowers in late summer and the varied birdlife year-round are particularly attractive.
The Millennium Coastal Park, Llanelli
The park skirts a long section of the shoreline between Loughor Bridge and Kidwelly and has a duel-use cycle way and walking path. Much of the path along the Llanelli shoreline has a hard tarmac surface. Also note that the Millennium Coastal Park links with the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, Sandy Water Park and the cycleway/footpath (NCN Routes 4 & 47) to Swiss valley reservoirs.
A series of leaflets are available that highlight recommended routes in some of Carmarthenshire’s most attractive countryside. Many of the routes cover rough and steep terrain that may not be suitable for all visitors. Some routes however are less challenging than others and may be considered appropriate and more amenable. Here is a brief description of the ones that may be considered appropriate for visitors with limited mobility.
Pontyates Heritage Trail
This runs adjacent to the line of the now disused Cwm Mawr to Kidwelly railway and the oldest Canal in Wales, it therefore follows a level path with only minor gradients as it crosses bridges and a boardwalk. There are information boards along the route and it is an ideal area to spot woodland and wetland wildlife.
Most of the recommended routes around Llandeilo are of a reasonable gradient except for a couple of short sections. Paths crossing agricultural land have the occasional stile to negotiate. Within Dinefwr Park the surfaced paths are easier to negotiate with few stiles or gates. Parking space for disabled visitors is also provided close to the castle and the mansion.
This County Walk is centred on the two reservoirs that once supplied Llanelli with its drinking water. It now serves as a highly attractive amenity area. The lower reservoir has a surfaced, level tarmac path on its western side with an undulating surfaced path on the east. The upper reservoir is only accessible on its eastern side along a gravelled track; at the end of which is a bird hide. Parking space is available between the two reservoirs.
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Newcastle Emlyn & Cenarth
The very attractive path around the Castle grounds forms part of the local County Walk. The Castle path follows a loop of the river Teifi and can be accessed via a good surfaced path from the castle car park. Much of the path is flat or a gentle gradient with one short slightly steeper section. There are no steps or stiles to negotiate. Likewise the right of way running from beneath the archway of the Emlyn Arms to the A484 road is mostly level except where it meets the road at its south west end and is a concrete surfaced path also running close to the river with bench seating provided. Additionally a two kilometre stretch of the County Walk (running west from Newcastle Emlyn towards Cenarth) also has no stiles or kissing gates along its length as it utilises a farm track.
Other County Walks
Some sections of the County Walks pass through Forestry Commission land using the Rights of Way Network. Some of the rights of way are steep and rugged but the forestry tracks are surfaced and offer easier alternatives. Most forestry tracks (although not all) are of a gentle gradient. The following County Walks include woodland walks through Forestry Commission land with convenient parking areas. Some County Walks are not easily accessible to all visitors along their entire length but do have sections that are easier to negotiate. The following County Walks provide some easier sections of walking that may prove attractive and appropriate for visitors with limited mobility.
- Llangadog - The route encircling the town is mostly of a gentle gradient especially alongside the river, but there are a few stiles to negotiate en-route. ROUTE ›
- Llandovery - Much of the recommended route is of a gentle gradient but there are a few stiles en-route. ROUTE ›
- Laugharne - The recommended route out to the old ferry crossing point and Delacorse Farmhouse is quite level; thereafter the path steepens. Part of this section (passing Dylan Thomas’s boathouse), is surfaced. It is an attractive leafy lane providing beautiful views across the estuary. ROUTE ›
- Bronwydd - Bronwydd has a very attractive section of level path alongside the river Gwili. Convenient parking is available at Trefynys with a short section of walk available alongside the river (north of the car park) with only a kissing gate to pass, while the section south of the car park has a few stiles to negotiate. ROUTE ›
- Carmarthen - Carmarthen County walk has a more or less level section of path alongside the river with gates for cyclists, most of the path is a tarmac surface. Cwm-oernant reservoirs have hard surfaced paths that give access to the attractive ponds. ROUTE ›
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