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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    

Country Park

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

Visitors Centre

April – September 10am – 5pm daily
October – March 10am – 4pm daily


April – September 10am - 4pm daily
October 11am - 4pm daily
November 11am - 4pm weekends only

Free admission! Parking Charges apply. 

1 hour - £1.00

Up to 3 hours - £2.10

Over 3 hours - £3.10

To purchase a yearly Parking Permit, click HERE


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.

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


The park has a café which offers snacks and Sunday lunches

Dog friendly