- Paxton’s Tower is one of the top ten Carmarthen Tourist Attractions and has free entry.
- This Carmarthen landmark is a Neo Gothic Folly built to commemorate Lord Nelson.
- It has some magnificent views across the Towy Valley.
- Local legend says that this ‘folly’ was built out of spite. Paxton spent thousands of pounds trying to get elected to Parliament in 1802 only to be defeated by 45 votes. He built the tower instead of the bridge across the river Tywi that had been his election promise.
- A more likely explanation, though, is that the tower was built in the spirit of the times, as a place to wine and dine his guests and take in the panoramic views from this spot.
- It is now owned by The National Trust
- If visiting, a wonderful pub on the doorstep is The Golden Grove Arms and Wrights Independent Food Emporium in Llanarthne.
- Visitors staying at Old Oak Barn can take a wander if passing on their way back from Llandeilo or Aberglasney
Walking in Wales 2017
This part of Wales has some fantastic walks and provide those keen to see what’s around with a huge variety of landscape both coastal and inland. The National Trust has put together lots of information for keen walkers who want to go walking in Wales. The fourth walk is at Dinefwr which is only half an hour away. It is perfect in the winter! To celebrate the Year of Legends 2017 in Wales there are others who are offering themed walks some of which are in Carmarthenshire or the neighbouring counties of Ceredigion and Pembrokshire. Since the New Year several news stories have appeared explaining what the Year of Legends is all about. Read this one for some added insight!
We have two specific walks in Carmarthenshire one on the theme of Twm Sion Cati and the second on The legend of the Lady of the Lake at Llyn Y Fan Fach.(see pic above)
Click here to watch a short film of the wonderful walk to the cave of Twm Sion Cati. It starts at the car park to the Dinas Nature Reserve and I myself completed this last summer. The highlight for me was seeing a single yellow hammer being fed on the bird table, some meadow pipits and then two dippers in the fast flowing River Towy.
Click here to watch a short film of the Llyn Fan Fach walk which includes some great aerial shots of the walk. Stunning views will greet those who do this walk. The road to the car park seems to go on for ever but its well worth the effort of getting there!
If interested you could do either walk accompanied – see the leaflet below which has been put together to celebrate Wales Year of Legends 2017. The first is in April and the second in August 2017 – both walks are about 7 miles.
If staying at Old Oak Barn we can give advice and tips on where is good for walking and also provide you with standard OS maps to borrow. The coastal walks around Laugharne and Llansteffan are always popular. If convenient we will drop you off so you can walk back to your car at a pre arranged suitable place. This will save you having to do a circular walk.
The diversity of birdlife is valued by many visitors who go walking in Wales and if for example a rare bird is spotted it soon reaches the headlines! See below a picture of the never before seen in the UK the masked wagtail which arrived in Pembrokeshire in November 2016. Sadly I was out walking in a different part of West wales and was unable to catch it!
What is the National Trust?
The National Trust is a well recognised and widely known UK conservation charity, protecting historic places and green spaces, and opening them up for ever, for everyone. There are over 500 places to visit throughout the UK and many in Wales which are all well worth visiting throughout the year.
Dinefwr (above) is only about half an hour from St Clears just east of Carmarthen and boasts lovely views of the Towy Valley. In West Wales we have several wonderful properties and gardens most of which are easily visited for the day if staying at Old Oak Barn. If you are a member of the NT then entry is of course free. Click here for more details on the costs and benefits of joining this great charity
The main locations include:-