Llandovery

Llandovery, our nearest town,  is just four miles away.  It is a historic ‘drover town’ (in days gone by huge numbers of sheep and cattle were walked all the way from rural Wales up to London, with regular stopping off points needed for the incredibly  hardy men, ‘the drovers’, who guided the livestock).

There is a good tourist office in Llandovery (closed in the winter months).

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The town has an interesting ancient market square, a statue commemorating one of the drovers, the remains of a Norman  castle and a  16 foot tall stainless steel statue of  Llywelyn ap Gruffydd Fychan, the Welsh national hero, who was brutally executed by Henry IV in 1401.

Llandovery College is highly acclaimed and has students from around the world as well as the UK.

Just across the valley is Pantycelyn, the former home of William Williams, Methodist cleric, author, and hymn-writer.  His descendants still live in the house to this day.  While few of his  works have so robustly stood the test of time, ‘Guide Me O Thou Great Redeemer’ retains its popularity. It was sung at opening of the Millenium Stadium in 1999 as well as at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997.

Llyn Brianne reservoir -Damn and Dinas RSPB reserve is just outside Llandovery and is renowned for its beautiful scenery & wildlife.Llyn Brianne 1

There is a medium-sized supermarket, a chemist,  hardware store,  three banks, cash machines in Barclays, NISA store and The Co-Op, garages, petrol station, post office  and various craft and gift shops.  There is a doctors’ surgery, dentist and veterinary surgery and a weekly livestock market.

A variety  of hotels, pubs, cafes and take-away outlets are available, providing a wide range of choice for eating out (or why not collect a take-away and bring it back to heat up in the microwave back at base ?).

The tea room at Llandovery railway station is worth a special mention.  Manned by volunteers,  it offers a delightful ambiance and excellent cakes,  far-removed from what one would expect at  a ‘normal’ railway station.  The famous ‘Heart of Wales‘ line trundles  through Llandovery  at a leisurely pace and it is worth taking a trip up the line to one of the many picturesque stopping off points – the views are stunning.

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