Cwmdu – Taliaris

With ‘The Navigator” still sorting out his secret Swiss bank account it was left to me and Chris to choose a route.

Plan A on Sunday evening was to walk in “The Navigator’s” village of Meidrim from a route in Alan Richards book (volume 2).

On Monday there was a bit of mind changing, should we instead have a bike ride in Brechfa Forest, fun but too short. A decision was made to forgo Meidrim and instead again from Alan Richard’s book walk his route based on Cwmdu and Taliaris.


We parked up in Cwmdu near the Cwmdu Inn and Post Office which are now  National Trust Properties and set off forgetting Chris’ flask which had fallen from the car and lodged under the car wheel.

Chapel in Cwmdu Village

All part of the pub complex

The village green (brown)

We headed south east towards Llethr Mawr and climbed upwards and came to a lake and then had fine views of the snow covered Bannau Sir Gar (Carmarthen Fans) and Mynydd Du (Black Mountain) in the distance. In fact we had frequent views of that range and at one point Corn Du and Pen-y-Fan also coloured white.

A lake in the hills
View over to Carmarthen Fans

Distant views of Fans

We could see pen Y Fan & Corn Ddu

Just before Taliaris Mansion we walked past a fine renovated property and walked down its drive.

Despite “private” this is the route

Taliaris Mansion

We continued on following Alan’s exact instructions.

It will be nice when finished
Potholing? Not for me

Highland cattle?

An excellent seat for coffee

Back in Cwmdu we saw the two old style lavatories, one for the school and the other for the pub’s customers.  One of the toilets was a two seater.  One matter of concern, at least to us was obvious signs of outlets straight into the river – also used for baptisms!

Outside loo
Not sure about the apparent drainage system

We recovered Chris’s flask, drunk the contents and headed home.


near Cwmdu is Tipi Valley

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