For glorious views of the Towy Valley, Paxton Tower packs a punch for a winter picnic spot. There’s a car park close to the tower so no strenuous walking needs to be done and lots of grass for laying down a rug. Built by William Paxton sometime between 1805 and 1808 and erected in honour of Lord Nelson designed by Samuel Pepys Cockerell, this Neo-Gothic folly sits on a hilltop near Llanarthney with views down to the National Botanic Gardens of Wales. The land is now managed by the National Trust.
Picnic tip: It can be breezy so pack a windproof!
How to reach: on the Llandeilo to Carmarthen road (B4300) with the turn off sign posted at Llanarthne.
Suggested walk: Nantgaredig
Nearby deli for winter picnic provisions:
Wrights Food Emporium
Includes wedges of Wrights quiche, tubs of freshly made winter salad (radicchio, apple and hazelnuts with buttermilk dressing), Charcutier salami, Teifi cheese, homemade crackers, Wrights sausage rolls, Welsh apple juice or Skyborry cider, a flask of seasonal soup, a flapjack and a bar of Nom Nom granola chocolate. Price: £40 for two people supplied in a returnable hamper with disposable cutlery. Extras can include coffee, wine, cake or customers can go bespoke.
Hamper from Wrights Food Emporium