Carreg Cennen Circular

I was unable to make the usual Monday walk in the company of “The Navigator” but remedied this by a walk today, Tuesday.

The route was taken from Alan Richards book “Great Walks in Carmarthenshire vol. 1” and we chose the Mynydd Du Tair Carn Isaf and Tair Carn Uchaf walk, or as I have called it in the title of this blog.


We parked the car at Carreg Cennen Castle and walked up towards the castle, but we were not visiting today and Cadw did not benefit. Apparently the castle although managed by Cadw is privately owned owing to a legal error – it’s on Google.

We took the delightful path leading downhill to the Afon Cennen where we met a couple of Park Rangers repairing the pointing on the bridge.  The weather was perfect with lots of blue sky and some actual warmth to the sunshine.  Mr Richards suggests an alternative if the mist is down, but not a problem today. We clambered up onto the ridge and then to one of the cairns of Tair Carn Uchaf for lunch.

It was then a straightforward walk down the ridge to Tair Carn Isaf where a rock a rock artist had been at work.

We then took a direct route down the hillside to join a minor road for a short while before crossing a stile into the field en route for the source of the Lougher. As we left the road a mini bus of students were loading up and it looked like they had been caving – rather them than me.

Despite the dire warning sign of the landowner we walked down to the river and got very close to the cave entrance from whence springs the river.

It was then an easy walk (apart from the short steep bit) back to the car.

Throughout most of the walk there were good views of the castle and from the ridge, views to the Gower peninsula.

Hopefully spring or early summer has at last arrived.

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