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Llyn Llech Owain & Mynydd Mawr

Llyn Llech Owain Country Park

Llyn Llech Owain Country Park
Llyn Llech Owain Country Park

This is a stunning 158-acre expanse of woods and lakeland near Cross Hands with nature trails, an adventure area and visitor centre.

At the heart of this spectacular park is its dramatic lake which is surrounded by peat bog and there’s a lovely myth associated with Llyn Lech Owain. Legend has it that Owain Lawgoch ("Owain of the Red Hand" - who led an army of French mercenaries against the English in the Hundred Years' War), was entrusted to look after a well on the mountain named Mynydd Mawr. Each day, after extracting enough water for himself and his horse, Owain was always careful to replace the stone but on one occasion he forgot and a torrent of water poured down the side of the mountain. The resultant lake was hence named Llyn Lech Owain - the lake of Owain’s slab.

Today, specially constructed paths allow for safe access over the bog and around the lake. The paths are well-surfaced and accessible to wheelchair-users.

A forest track provides a longer walk or cycle ride around the country park and there’s a rough mountain bike trail for the more adventurous cyclist.

Much of the park consists of coniferous woodland, planted by the Forestry Commission during the 1960s and there are also areas of dry heath and broad-leaved woodland.

Signposted on the A476 from Crosshands to Llandeilo. Regular bus services to Gorslas.

Llyn Llech Owain Country Park
Carmarthenshire, SA14 7NF.
01269 832229.
Caffi ar y Llyn - 01269 841180  MAP

Mynydd Mawr Woodland Park

Mynydd Mawr Woodland Park
Mynydd Mawr Woodland Park

Nature has almost on its own created a wildlife paradise at Mynydd Mawr.

This beautiful place lies in the triangle of Tumble, Drefach and Cross Hands in the Upper Gwendraeth Valley. The industrial boom of the late 19th and early 20th Centuries transformed these traditional small-farm areas into a web of terraced villages and colliery workings.

Today it makes up some 270 acres of natural beauty with approximately 90 acres of coniferous and deciduous woodland with the main Gwendraeth Fawr River running along the entire northern boundary of the site.

The park is a remarkable example of recolonisation by wildlife; some areas have been re-seeded but most of the abandoned fields and industrial spoil heaps have colonised naturally.

The former pasture banks of the Gwendraeth are now beautiful self-seeded Ash and Hazel woodland. The seeded grassland spoil has become a breeding ground for the Skylark - now nationally recognised as a scarce species.

Mynddmawr Woodland Park,
Hirwaun Road, Tumble, Llanelli SA14 6HU.
01269 598380.   MAP