Walks Further Afield

Take advantage of the wonderful Welsh countryside

There are so many fantastic walks in our area that we couldn’t possibly list them all, but here are some of our favourites.

Pembrey Country Park

Walks with Wheelchairs are four waymarked trails, each of just over a mile. The terrain and gradient vary; however, the trails overlap, so you can make a route which is suitable for your ability. More details and maps are available from the Visitor Centre and online

Penybedd Forest Walk can be started from Penybedd Picnic Site in Penybedd, which is part of Pembrey Forest, and is 1 mile long.

Kidwelly Quay

Kidwelly Quay walks can be accessed from near Kidwelly Railway Station: go over the level crossing and continue along the lane to the end. There is good parking, including disabled parking, right on the quay front. As long as it’s not too muddy, there are some lovely walks around this area, and some of the paths are tarmac or hardcore. You can see some wonderful birdlife on the mudflats, as well as wild horses wandering round the perimeter of the marshes.

Kidwelly Castle by Ken Day

Kidwelly Riverside Walk

The Riverside Walk is accessed via the car park by Trinity Methodist Church and offers a walk alongside the river. There is also a path on the opposite side of the main road, taking you past Kidwelly Castle.

St Illtyd’s Walk

A 60-mile religious walk from Pembrey Country Park (Carmarthenshire) to Margam Country Park (Neath) runs through Hendry, Pontardawe and Bryn. You can visit Penlle’r Castell ruin on the summit of Mynydd y Betws (with fabulous views), the spectacular Melincourt Falls on the Neath River, and the Vale of Neath. There are also splendid views of the Black Mountains and peaceful wooded sections near Abercregan. The two splendid country parks at either end of the route are also highlights on this challenging walk. The walk is waymarked with a white and yellow disc.

Golden Grove Gelli Aur mansion by Ken Day

Gelli Aur Country Park

Near Llandeilo, this park has a play area, toilets and beautiful walks with good paths, leading down to a pond. There is level access to a Visitor Information Centre, tea room and car parking. There is a Parking Eye, so be sure to pay for your parking.

Llyn Llech Owain Country Park

This 158-acre expanse of woods and lakeland near Cross Hands has nature trails, an adventure area (including a cool wooden adventure playground and separate toddler playground with smaller features), a family-friendly and welcoming cafe and a resourceful visitor centre. Many paths are well surfaced and accessible to wheelchair users, and a specially constructed path allows safe access over the peat bog and around the lake. A forest track provides a longer hike or bike ride around the country park, and there’s a rough mountain bike trail for the more adventurous cyclists! There is pay-and-display parking. For more information, visit their website.

Llanelli Wetland Centre

Here, you can feed the rarest goose in the world, see colourful flamingos, go bug hunting or pond dipping, enjoy bird watching from hides, visit the sensory garden and explore the reserve to see butterflies and dragonflies. The centre has mostly level access (with just two slopes) and hard-surfaced paths with tarmac on the main routes (and compacted gravel on minor paths). There is free accessible car parking. Maps can be enlarged (please ask ahead of your visit). Two mobility scooters are available to hire at a suggested donation of £2; please ring in advance to book. Hides have step-free entry. There are two accessible toilets.

For more information, visit the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust’s website.

Ordinance Survey map for South Pembrokeshire; Explorer OL36

Ordinance Survey map for North Pembrokeshire; Explorer OL35