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Llyn Llech Owain

Llyn Llech Owain Country Park is an area of 73 Hectares (180 acres), managed for your enjoyment by Carmarthenshire County Council with nature trails, an adventure area including a cool wooden adventure playground, separate toddler playground with smaller features. 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 amongst you!
At the heart of the Country Park is the lake, which is surrounded by a peat bog. This rare habitat is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). 
Elsewhere are areas of heathland and broadleaved woodland, whilst areas of coniferous woodland are being cleared progressively and converted to heathland and broadleaved woodland. 
A network of footpaths provides for enjoyable walking. Many paths are well surfaced and accessible to wheelchair users. 
A specially constructed path allows safe access over the peat bog and around the lake.

It's a point of interest that kids may like to know that legend has it that historic serviceman Owain Lawgoch (known as Owain The Red Hand in the the Hundred Years' War) was entrusted to look after Mynydd Mawr, a well on the mountain. Every day, after withdrawing enough water for he and his horse, Owain was always very careful to replace the stone slab which held back the water. However on one occasion he somehow completely forgot to do that and an absolute torrent of water poured down the side of the mountain! The resultant lake was hence named Llyn Lech Owain, meaning 'the lake of Owain's slab'!

The Visitor Centre stands beside the lake, enjoying splendid views of Llyn Llech Owain and the surrounding area. It houses an exhibition and information on the management of the Country Park. 
Our team of Countryside Rangers is based here and will be happy to answer your questions or to hear about wildlife you may have seen. 

Llyn Llech Owain has a cafeteria, picnic sites, and toilet facilities, all with provision for the disabled. We hope you enjoy a visit here soon!

Llyn Llech Owain


Church Road,

Cross Hands,




SA14 7NF

Tel: +44 1554 742435    

Wellness Work Hub

In September 2019, Llyn Llech Owain Country Park was named one of twelve Discovery Gateway sites within the Valleys Regional Park.

Stretching from Carmarthen to Pontypool and Bridgend to Merthyr Tydfil, the Valleys Regional Park is for all who live, work or visit the South Wales Valleys. This unique landscape holds the promise of memorable experiences for everyone: from family members of all ages to walkers, to fitness enthusiasts and to those who want to find new friendships or volunteer opportunities. Unearth the incredible stories of the Valleys and learn more about its rich cultural heritage by meeting people in neighbouring towns and villages, helping to protect the inspiring landscapes or simply enjoying getting outdoors to breathe some fresh air; the choices are as varied as the changing landscape.

Discovery Gateways are launchpads for you to embrace the natural landscape and understand more about the history of the South Wales Valleys. Discovery Gateways are places where you can have fun, explore the landscape and find out more about local wildlife and nature habitats. The Valleys Regional Park named Llyn Llech Owain Country Park as a Discovery Gateway because it is just one of the many amazing places from which you can discover in the South Wales Valleys.

Find out more about the other Discovery Gateways that form the Valleys Regional Park, please visit Valleys regional Park


To book the Wellbeing Workhub 

Llyn Llech Owain Country Park offers a superb Wellbeing Workhub within the Discovery Tower which is available to hire free of charge for groups or individuals to meet and take in the wonderful nature around you looking out to the spectacular lake within the Country Park, or alternatively, if you’d like to meet with more than the capacity that the room can hold or would simply like to meet outside in the fresh air, the park has an outdoor meeting shelter which you can also used

Working in a natural environment is thought to boost wellbeing and productivity and the calm and tranquil waterside environment here can do just that.

To book the Wellbeing workhub for your meeting, work place for the day or for more information, please email:

Country Park

April – September 10am – 8pm daily
October – March 10am – 4pm daily

Cafe - Cwtsh y Coed

December to January

Saturdays 9am to 5pm and Sundays 10am to 4pm


Free admission! Parking Charges apply. 

Up to 1 hour - £1.10

Up to 4 hours - £2.70

Up to 8 hours - £3.20

To purchase a yearly Parking Permit, click HERE - £27.50


To get to the park, from the A48 at Cross Hands turn onto the A476 towards Llandeilo. Then turn onto Church Road; the entrance for the park is about half a mile along Church Road.

OS SN565148


For more travel information go to or call 0871 200 22 33.


The park has a café 

Dog friendly