A RAILWAY-BASED WALKING TRAIL
The Heart of Wales Line runs 129 miles between Shrewsbury and Swansea taking passengers through some wonderful countryside and relatively remote areas of the Shropshire Hills, Powys, Carmarthenshire and Swansea. There is a limited but regular train service along the line and this service has long been popular with walkers, not only providing access to great walking country but also the opportunity to walk linear routes between rail stations. In 2016 a feasibility study, funded by Arriva Trains Wales, with Heart of Wales Line Traveller’s Association and Heart of Wales Line Development Co, was carried out for a unique, long distance walkingcroute, weaving between stations along the Heart of Wales Line. The report was produced by Alison Caffyn and Professor Les Lumsdon with voluntary help from local walking groups. It outlined the plan for a new trail between Craven Arms and Llanelli.
THE GLORIOUS CARMARTHENSHIRE SECTION
The Heart of Wales Line are delighted to be opening the Carmarthenshire section, from Cynghordy to Ammanford. This section also offers some fantastic walking, beginning with Crychan Forest, west of Sugar Loaf and passing down into the Brận valley in Cynghordy, close to the Cynghordy viaduct and on to the market town of Llandovery. From Llandovery heading south is the historic centre of Myddfai and beyond that Llangadog, with superb views to the Brecon Beacons beyond Mynnyd Myddfai and across the Tywi to the Carmarthenshire uplands.
A little further along, the trail joins the Beacons Way for a hard climb up to the magnificent Carn Goch, the site of an iron age community. It continues across the foothills leading to Y Mynydd Du or the Black Mountain, then southwards towards Llandeilo, rising again to Castell Carreg Cennen and onwards to the wooded reaches of the infant River Loughor.
PHOTO CREDITS: GERAINT MORGAN, LES LUMSDON, ANN MAUDSLEY.