Carreg Cennen Castle
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Neal BatchelorI recently retired from the Telecoms industry and am passionate about the great outdoors of Wales so much so that I recently decided to move to West Wales to live after enjoying regular weekends and holidays here over many years and not really wanting to go home
This hugely rewarding and sometimes challenging walk starts at surely Wales most iconic and romantic castle About Carreg Cennen, which is renowned for its spectacular location perched upon a limestone precipice overlooking
This hugely rewarding and sometimes challenging walk starts at surely Wales most iconic and romantic castle
Carreg Cennen, which is renowned for its spectacular location perched upon a limestone precipice overlooking the Carmarthenshire countryside. We will visit two lesser known mountain summits in the Western Brecon Beacons and transverse a short section of the Beacons Way.
Carreg Cennen was a native Welsh stronghold originally built in the 12th century by Lord Rhys but changed hands several times with the English up to 1277 during the reign of Edward I from when it remained in English hands.
From the car park, we pick up a path upwards in the direction of the castle entrance and then veer off left down a wooded footpath towards the river Cennen. After using several footbridges and stony tracks we join the Beacons Way as it heads across some beautiful Carmarthenshire countryside to join a mountain road at the edge of the Black Mountain area of the Brecon Beacons National Park.
After a short distance on this road we pick up a mountain track across rough open moorland passing some dramatic shake holes and eventually rising steeply to a ridge where the 3 well preserved Bronze Age burial cairns called ‘Tair Carn Uchaf’ (Upper Three Cairns) are located.
Here we can rest for a bit, take in the mountain views and grab some photos before we head SW towards the lower group of three burial cairns which are situated about 3/4 mile away and separated by a shallow col.
Upon reaching Tair Carn Isaf (Lower Three Cairns) and its trig point (460m) there are wonderful views into the Amman Valley below and to the Gower Peninsula and Worms Head in the far distance.
Here we can have some lunch before descending the mountain along a well defined path to reach a minor road which we follow back towards the castle. Eventually we pick up a footpath which takes us across several fields towards the Cennen river again and offers a wonderful close up view of the back of the castle. From here we rejoin the outward route back to the tearooms for well earned refreshments and cakes.
Height Gain : 550m Distance : 13km Time : 5.5hrs
What to bring
Walking boots please
Warm layers and waterproofs essential
Carreg Cennen Castle Trapp, Llandeilo SA19 6UA.
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