A road trip (about 50 miles) day out from Stallion Valley holiday cottages to Llandeilo and back via valleys, rivers, forests and mountains. See castles, an abbey, a National Trust house & grounds and a folly on a hill.
From Prengwyn head North towards Lampeter along the A475.
After about 4 miles enter the village of Drefach and turn right s.p. Llanybydder along the B4338.
Turn right at the T junction and drive over the Teifi River into Llanybydder, continue on past the market square and at the cross roads go straight on along the B4337 towards Llansawel. Llanybydder has a horse market, said to be the biggest in Europe on the last Thursday of each month.
Continue about 6 miles enjoying the views to the village of Llansawel past the yellow painted Angel Inn. Follow the signs to Llandeilo turning right at the junction onto the B4302.
2 miles on from Llansawel you will see Talley Lake on your right hand side. Turn right through Talley Village and park near the Talley Abbey. An atmospheric site next to a pretty church, lakes and set amongst wooded hills there are sign posted walks for the energetic. The lakes are a nature reserve and the site of a Norman castle.
Return to the B4302 and turn right to Llandeilo (about 4 miles) look out for the brown signs for Dinefwr Park. Here is a national Trust house set in landscaped grounds, Castle Woods nature reserve (Wetlands & Woods), and Dinefwr Castle.
Car parking is about £3 and there is a charge to enter the house. Walking the grounds ( dogs are welcome on a lead) and visiting the grounds are free. There are rare breed white cattle, a bog board walk and a deer park. There are magnificent views from the castle over the Towy Valley.
Leaving Dinefwr head out of town on the A483 towards Ammanford after about ½ mile turn right onto the A476 to Llanelli and then right again onto the B4300 to Carmarthen. 3 miles further on turn right, there is a brown sign for Dryslwyn Castle.
The picnic site car park is just over the Towy Bridge on the left hand side. The castle footpath entrance is across the road through a gate near the river bank. The walk up to the castle is well worth the views which are magnificent looking down on the meandering Towy River below. On a clear day you can see Dinefwr Castle up river and across the river Paxtons Tower on the brow of the hill.
Leaving Dryslwyn Castle turn right out of the carpark and the left at the T junction back towards Llandeilo and then turn 1st right onto the B4297 and then first right to Paxtons Tower which will be signposted on your right after about a mile.
The walk up from the car park once again is worth the effort for the magnificent views. The folly in honour of Admiral Nelson was a magnificent banqueting hall.
Leaving Paxtons Tower turn right and then right again down to Llanarthne village and then left back onto the B4300. After about 2 miles turn right onto the B4310, follow this road to Brechfa, 4-5 miles.
In Brechfa turn left signposted for Llanllwni (4-5 miles). The road will take you through the Brecfa Forest and over Llanllwni Mountain. This is a wild open common with some great walking and wind turbines on the horizon. More wind turbines are planned but there is a strong protest movement against them.
Carry on across to the T junction with the A485 at Llanllwni.
Turn left and then right B4336 through Llanfihangel ar arth to Llandysul 4 miles.
Carry on along the Llandysul by pass and turn right s.p. New Quay at the roundabout.
At Horeb turn right onto the A475 towards Lampeter .
In 2 miles re-enter Prengwyn.
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