Tywi Valley Path
The Carmarthenshire towns of Carmarthen and Llandeilo are among the oldest, most culturally historic in Wales and are thriving in the 21st Century; linked through the ages by the meandering, vibrant running waters of the River Tywi and then in modern times by the A48.
Now an exciting new project is underway with the former redundant railway track between these two market towns being brought back to life as a major leisure and visitor attraction. Providing a traffic free pathway through one of the most scenic areas of Wales, it will follow an almost adjacent route to that of the River Tywi as it flows from Llandelio to Carmarthen on its way to Carmarthen Bay. The path will cost between £5 and £8 million, and a strong set of partners and stakeholders are being formed with funding in place from Welsh Government and the council.
It will link with major tourist attractions along the route generating an estimated £860,000 to £2million in the local economy every year as well as creating and supporting between 17 and 41 full-time jobs. It will also give people a sustainable and healthy travel option, connecting with villages between the two main towns.
The scheme has been broken down into distinct phases; the western end (between Abergwili and Nantgaredig) has been divided into four staged phases, and although the eastern end has not yet been determined, it is likely to include links from the A483 past Ysgol Bro Dinefwr. Depending on the final design and the linking options at each end, the Tywi Valley Path will be around 16 miles long.
The path will be 3m wide with a tarred surface. It will be shared between walkers and cyclists, but equestrian use may be permitted subject to further investigation on locations and if it is practical and safe.
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