Walk with many points of his­tor­i­cal in­ter­est

Carmarthen Journal - - The Walk -

ON Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 28, Au­riol and Huw Llewe­lyn led the Car­marthen Ram­blers on the last walk of their sum­mer pro­gramme with a 10-mile cir­cu­lar walk with many points of his­tor­i­cal in­ter­est along the way.

The route took in sev­eral foot­paths and quiet lanes and in­cor­po­rated both sides of the Towy Val­ley and crossed the floor of the Towy Val­ley twice in the Dryslwyn area.

The weather fore­cast for the day was dry and clear with a light breeze and tem­per­a­tures around the 6C mark.

There was wall-to-wall sun­shine with clear blue skies as they started from the car park and pic­nic site below Dryslwyn Cas­tle in the Towy Val­ley from where they stepped off at a brisk pace fol­low­ing the B4297 – the road that links Dryslwyn with the A40 – around the foot of the mound on which the re­mains of the fort and cas­tle stand.

Just around the bend they met a road junc­tion and turned off this road as they turned to fol­low a quiet coun­try road that led east­wards for about half a mile and con­tin­ued on along a lane un­til just be­fore Allt y Gaer they turned into a field. The pace now slowed as they climbed up­hill through the field to meet a foot­path in Allt y Gaer.

This took them in a north­east­erly di­rec­tion on a foot­path smoth­ered with fall­ing au­tumn leaves and the oc­ca­sional fallen tree along the edge of Allt y Gaer as they con­toured around the hill­side above Lly­gad-yr-Haul and con­tin­ued to pass below Gron­gaer hill fort and Gron­gaer farm to meet a lane. As they looked over the hedgerow they could see the grounds of the Aber­glas­ney es­tate in all its splen­dour.

The lane led down hill passed the house and up to a T junc­tion where they turned right and as they con­tin­ued down the road a cou­ple of hun­dred me­tres and just af­ter the Tem­per­ance Hall they reached a kiss­ing gate that let them cross a field into the church­yard in the ham­let of Llan­ga­then where they stopped to visit the church while Huw re­lated its his­tory and con­nec­tion with Bishop An­thony Rudd.

They left the church­yard and fol­lowed a coun­try road east­wards for about half a mile be­fore ac­cess­ing a field again from here they spot­ted Dine­fwr cas­tle stand­ing proudly on a rocky out­crop fur­ther up the val­ley. They walked down quite a steep hill­side to meet the road at Allt y Capel and this took them onto the val­ley floor to cross the Towy at Cil­san Bridge where they were saw a fly pass of a flight of swans that nor­mally re­side in a field next to the river and the bridge.

About 100m af­ter the bridge they crossed a field on the val­ley floor to reach Sir Gar Col­lege farm and walked through the com­plex then along “the lawns” to cross the B4300 road onto a lane that led into Me­nagerie Wood in the grounds of Golden Grove.

They walked a wide mile long sweep­ing path through the woods around in Gelli Aur Coun­try Park and through the ar­bore­tum be­fore stop­ping for lunch in the pic­nic area near the cafe.

In the af­ter­noon, they turned to a west­erly direc- tion to leave the park tak­ing the quiet road through the ham­let of Golden Grove for a quar­ter of a mile to ac­cess a foot­path that led steeply up hill through a field along side the top of a gorge that dropped through wood­land to reach a road. Here they turned right then onto a two mile stretch of road walk­ing along a quiet ridge way road passed Golwg y Byd ris­ing to the high­est point of the day at 231 me­tres.

There were good views along this ridge way road. Look­ing south­wards the vil­lage of Tem­ple Bar was clearly seen across the val­ley close to the tele­vi­sion trans­mit­ter mast in Carmel and look­ing in the op­po­site di­rec­tion was the Towy Val­ley bathed in beau­ti­ful sun­shine and way out in the dis­tance the sun was re­flect­ing brightly off the sea in Car­marthen Bay. As they looked back along the road Car­reg Cen­nen cas­tle could also be spot­ted with a keen eye.

Shortly af­ter pass­ing a chapel they met a green lane and started a slow de­scent through the coun­try­side – cross­ing the B4297 Maes y Bont road then headed down­hill into the Towy Val­ley along a stony track through Allt Fawr to reach Tir-clyn where they crossed the B4300 again onto the B4297 road for the last three quar­ters of a mile of easy walk­ing back over the floor of the Towy at Pont y Dryslwyn to the car park.

The next walk will be on Sun­day, Novem­ber 11, when Cyril Phillips will lead a 6.5-mile walk in the Llan­dovery area.

■ Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion is avail­able on 01267 232825.

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