5 Winter Dog Walks
From walks along the beach to hikes across the hill-tops, there are hundreds of miles of paths and acres of open countryside in Carmarthenshire for you to enjoy with your dog.
We all know how much your four legged friend enjoys a good walk. Whether you’re looking for an undemanding coastal or country walk or a more challenging hike on the western edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, Carmarthenshire has everything to offer the walker. Many of our walks have been made easier for dog owners by the installation of custom built stiles and gates, to take the hassle out of your day out in the countryside.
Majestically standing some 900ft above the River Cennen on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, there are few castles in Europe which can boast a more spectacular location than Carreg Cennen. There are two dog friendly trails you can follow here. One leads to the hilltop castle where you will be amazed by the wide, panoramic views. The other takes you around the foot of the hill upon which the castle stands, and along the tranquil River Cennen.
NB: Take care around the sheep and cattle in the surrounding fields. Dogs should be kept under close control or on a lead.
Follow the Red signs for the longer route and the Yellow signs for the Shorter route.
Amman Valley Riverside Walk
The Amman Valley riverside walk is a haven for dog walkers, it’s a ribbon of trac free tarmaced path from Ammanford to Brynaman, a distance of around 14km. The path follows the Amman River along the valley nestled between the Black Mountain to the North and Betws Mountain to the South.
Dinefwr Park and Castle
Fabulous walks to stretch those dog and human legs over some fantastic landscapes – a gentle trot around the White Park Cattle walk seeing the cattle and calves or a more challenging uphill climb to Dinefwr Castle where you and your dog can view the Tywi valley. Stop for a snack at the outlet in the car park. For the enjoyment of all visitors, dogs are asked to be kept on a lead and dog waste picked up. Areas not accessible for dogs (except assistance dogs) are the ancient deer park, boardwalk and Newton House. There is a National Trust holiday cottage at Dinefwr, Penparc, which welcomes dogs, allows visitors to stay on the estate with easy access to all these great dog friendly walks. www.nationaltrust.org.uk
If you crave a fresh air experience in a landscape that is diverse and varied, then put on your walking boots and explore the Brechfa forest. With its dramatic views and deeply cut river valleys, together with the fact that the area is free from any livestock, the Brechfa Forest in Carmarthenshire’s rural central region offers superb dog walking opportunities. Nearby Abergorlech also has some great dog friendly walks.
Pembrey Country Park
One of Wales’s most popular visitor attractions, and adjoining the eight mile Cefn Sidan beach, Pembrey Country Park is as much about coast as it is country. The park boasts a range of family activities including an adventure playground, train rides, dry ski slope, toboggan run, pitch and putt and crazy golf. For the dog, acres of stunning forestry and wide open parkland make an ideal poochy playground. Pembrey Country Park welcomes dogs which are kept under control. There are a number of dog litter bins and together with the beach, the park truly is a limitless playground for dog owners. The Park is also the venue for the annual “Dog’s Day Out” event which takes place every September.
Remember! Dogs are not allowed on the Blue Flag area of the beach between 1st May and 30th September.