Walk with many points of historical interest
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.
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