Walking in Carmarthenshire
Nestled in a gorgeous corner of south west Wales is a walkers' paradise just waiting to be discovered. Come walking in Carmarthenshire and you will be stepping into a county of breathtaking beauty with a rural and coastal scene guaranteed to stop you in your tracks.
If you crave a fresh air experience in a landscape that is varied and diverse, then put on your walking boots and explore this fascinating county of contrast.
Carmarthenshire has become a hiking hot-spot and is fast gaining a reputation for some of the finest walking terrain around.
Quite simply, Carmarthenshire offers the perfect landscape whatever your ability and, of course, with the walking comes the complete package of everything this county has to offer - a heady mix of rural and coastal delights, all intertwined with history and tradition.
There are more than 30 different walks in Carmarthenshire, each with its own unique character. You can head south to try out some of the best coastal walks in Wales or go north for a more rugged, rural scene.
Whatever path you choose to take in Carmarthenshire you will discover a warm Welsh welcome and a somewhere well worth exploring.
The Brecon Beacons National Park is one of the county’s proudest possessions. The western end of the Beacons, which falls within south-east Carmarthenshire, is seen by many as the real jewel in the crown as this is home to many of the least explored sections of the national park.
The area of high, rolling country high above Llandovery, Llandeilo and the Towy Valley is known locally as the Black Mountain. This brooding peak is has a personality of its own - remote and atmospheric, it is untamed and exciting.
The Black Mountain has recently been named as part of the Fforest Fawr Geopark, which is itself the only site in Wales to be listed among the most exceptional geological sites in Europe.
The geopark covers roughly half the Brecon Beacons and stretches from Llandeilo in the west to Brecon and Pen y Fan in the east. It is an area of wild hills and lonely commons - providing a thrilling contrast with the gentler slopes and nestling towns down in the valleys.
Carmarthenshire is a county of contrasts, home to a diverse and varied landscape. So while the remote and atmospheric Black Mountain offers the ultimate Great Escape, on its doorstep you will discover gentle lakes, waterfalls and lush countryside.
Keep Healthy (Urban Walks)
We all know walking is good for us - health experts say that walking just three miles a day can help lessen or even prevent the effects of many illnesses.
Brisk walking on a regular basis helps reduce blood pressure, reduce the risk of diabetes, helps with weight loss and can reduce the risk of falls, particularly in the elderly as it can improve balance, coordination and joint flexibility.
Walking has mental health benefits too as activity often helps to reduce anxiety and depression.
And it’s something we can all do - not just those of us living in the countryside - Carmarthenshire offers a superb series of urban walks aimed everyone living, working, or visiting the area.
Take a look at the great walks mapped out for Carmarthen, Ammanford, Llanelli and Burry Port. Each town offers six walks, all measured so you know just how far you’ve been.
Walks are good for both your mental and physical welfare, whether you walk in the town or in the countryside, so why not get involved and make physical activity a part of your everyday life?
For further information on Walking and Health visit change4lifewales.org.uk