At last a rain free day! So today I thought I would ride from home in the village of Llanddarog and keep on lanes where possible and head towards Carmarthen along the Tywi Valley and back on what one could call a ridgeway in between two main roads.


By the National Botanic Gardens I realised it was going to be a warm ride and took off a layer and carried on to join the B4300 and turned west towards Carmarthen.

At the junction to the above road is a fine old sign pointing east to Llandilo (not the Welsh spelling)

There is a set of traffic lights on this stretch which must be heading towards the record for length installation.  The reason being that the Afon Tywi is undercutting the road and no doubt the cost of shoring this up is off the scale.

I passed one house where there is a fine wood carving in the garden.

Opposite the road to Llangunnor Church (worth a visit) I turned uphill and headed for the “ridgeway”.

I am not sure how the Tour De France grades its climbs but to me it was at least a category 2 (or more). However engaging the granny gear and with a few stops to admire the view I made it to the top, where I had a welcome stop to devour a banana.

My route now turned east and headed back towards home.  There were quite a few ups and downs – which can be seen by clicking on my route map but also some fine views to the Tywi Valley and further east to the Carmarthen Fans.


I stopped by an old chapel which looked a little sad and probably no longer used.

Outside the chapel was a post box and a postie stopped to empty it.  She explained there is rarely anything in it as there are few properties hereabouts, but despite passing this every morning at 0800 she is not allowed to check it until later in the day!

I arrived back home some 2.30 hours after starting and felt just a little tired, but this was my longest ride and apart from the trip to Brechfa forest the one with most hills.  All good practice.

I like this old description of my village http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/wal/CMN/Llanddarog/


  1. My walk last summer only came within about a kilometre of your ride this time. I came to Carmarthen from the south up the cycleway of the A484 but had problems at the big roundabout – here is an extract from my journal:

    “I approached Carmarthen by two complicated dual carriageway roundabout systems. After spending fifteen minutes of suicidal crossing and re-crossing, trying to find a footpath which supposedly passed underneath one of the dual carriageways, I descended into an industrial estate and found a guy supervising the loading of a wagon and asked the way. He said he could direct me but it was complicated and he offered to drive me into the town centre, and now I have to confess to dodging about 1.5kms of my route. Martin was a stocky guy and I reckoned he was a rugby player to which he admitted when questioned. He is now playing for Laugharne of Dylan Thomas fame. Once again the Welsh demonstrated their generosity and welcoming nature- thanks a lot Martin.”

    I hope you get some more rides in before your op.


  2. I know the roundabouts – even the local drivers just hope for the best. I am glad that you found my fellow countrymen welcoming and helpful.

    I have not been able to find the info about the Welsh circular ride on Sustrans, but that says more about my IT skills than Sustrans.

    I will keep looking.

    Pouring down here at the moment – I was lucky yesterday. next week looking better and should be able to have a ride somewhere. I may look at biking from Loughor to Mumbles on the Gower


  3. Across country. It should take in a route down through the Clyne Valley which is a cycle/walk route. May try this on the coming Friday as I have to be in Llwynhendy to take my grandson to school.

    have a good week


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