Halfway near Llandovery

“The Navigator” suggested a Sunday walk from Alan Richards book Volume 1, Great Walks in Carmarthenshire.


On leaving the forestry car park we had to walk for a short while on the A40 which this being Sunday was busy with motor bikes heading for the West End Cafe in Llandovery before their main ride.

We turned off the road next to a property being renovated and crossed a small bridge which led us onto our path. It was by here we took a small “diversion” which had not been envisaged by Mr Richards but it was “interesting”. Back on track we passed a cottage with some interesting flowers growing in the bank opposite, and my plant knowledge was increased by being told these were Turk Head lilies.

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Looking towards Mynydd Mydfai

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Our route now continued over field paths  and trails and woodlands generally in a north west direction. We arrived in the hamlet of Pentre Ty Gwyn which is near to the home where the famous writer William Williams or Williams Pantycelyn lived. Anyone who has been a spectator at the home of Welsh rugby will have sung his hymn or at least part of it. Another literary figure David Owen also lived in the village

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As we entered an open area a view of the Carmarthen Fans opened up and this was our backdrop for lunch.

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A fine looking black ram

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I think we are here

The old chapel of Cefnarthen was included in our walk but it now appears to have been abandoned. It has an interesting past as described here.

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Capel Cefnarthen

The way was now uphill into Halfway Forest part of the Crychan Forest which has numerous paths for walkers, horses and cyclistsOnce at the top the rest of the walk was down hill following the Afon Nant y Gresglen. back to the car.

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