Walk along river­side paths and quiet coun­try lanes

Carmarthen Journal - - The Walk -

ON Sun­day, Novem­ber 25, Carolyn and Den­nis Hills led the Car­marthen ram­blers on an eight-mile cir­cu­lar walk in the area south of Llan­gadog – a good part of which is now marked as the Heart of Wales Line Trail.

The walk in­cluded river­side paths, a long as­cent, a short sec­tion of the Bea­cons Way and good views. The weather was fine with tem­per­a­tures down to five de­grees with a cold east­erly breeze blow­ing down the Towy Val­ley.

The walk started from the new bridge over the Afon Sawdde on the Car­reg Sawdde com­mon from where they took a foot­path on the west­ern side of the Sawdde in a southerly di­rec­tion to­wards the Black Moun­tain along side the river for about a quar­ter of a mile, pass­ing some weirs be­fore they left the com­mon at Peny­bont.

Here they met a quiet coun­try road for some easy road walk­ing for about half-a-mile then started a gen­tle as­cent as they passed Wer­nel­lyn and lo­cated a “new foot­path” that was well marked as it passed around the farm­yard, but through the fields of Wer­nel­lyn and Pen-y-Banc to reach a sunny rocky con­ve­nient spot for a cof­fee break with views over look­ing Dyf­fryn Cei­drych.

They con­tin­ued south­wards into the val­ley and crossed a coun­try road pass­ing the site of a Ro­man villa at Llys­brychan then through the fields of Dan y Garn and over a lad­der style into wood­land to the start of a two-mile as­cent.

It started with a steep path that led up to Car­reg­foel­gam farm and then a link­ing lane that brought them onto a nar­row road that ended af­ter few hun­dred me­tres and be­came a rugged track.

The track ran di­ag­o­nally across Careg-foel-gam and as they as­cended the hill­side, the mag­nif­i­cent sight of Carn Goch came into view to the west.

When they reached the high­est point of the day – at 260 me­tres – they stopped for lunch on a bank over­look­ing Carn Goch with its two hill forts – Y Gaer Fawr and Y Gaer Fach – stand­ing out quite clearly and the Towy Val­ley just be­yond.

In the af­ter­noon they con­tin­ued west­ward briefly and met the route of the Bea­cons way which started the re­turn jour­ney and the de­scent off the hill­side down a bri­dle­way to reach a coun­try road at Garn-wen on the edge of the Carn Goch com­mon.

There was about a mile of easy down­hill walk­ing un­til they crossed Nant Gydrych and reached the val­ley road at Pant-Mered­ith. Here they turned left along the road for about half a mile to­wards Beth­le­hem be­fore reach­ing a stile that gave ac­cess to a field with a gen­tle climb up to the Beth­le­hem to Llan­gadog road.

Once on the road, it was easy to spot the next foot­path link that led them in a north east­erly di­rec­tion for about a mile and a quar­ter as they de­scended the hill­side through Long Wood then passed Do­lau Farm and Bryn­g­wyn Farm to emerge from the coun­try­side into the ham­let of Felin­dre where they fol­lowed the road for the last quar­ter of a mile back to the start on Car­reg Sawdde com­mon.

The next walk will be on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 9, when Richard Leggett will lead an 8.5-mile walk in the Caio area. Fur­ther de­tails are avail­able on 01267 237126.

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