Places to visit
There are plenty of opportunities to get out and about in Carmarthenshire and experience some of the wonderful habitats and wild places that we have. We have published a series of county walks and have a number of country parks that contain a range of important habitats from sand dunes to heathlands. The Millennium Coastal Park in Llanelli has many different habitats from sand dunes and salt marsh to woodland and meadows.
Here is a brief list of some great places to visit to see Carmarthenshire’s wild places:
The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust at the National Wetlands Centre at Penclacwydd, Llanelli is a 450 acre mosaic of lakes, scrapes, pools, streams and lagoons adjoining the salt marshes and shore of the scenic Burry Inlet.
The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales
The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales manages a number of reserves in the county which can be visited by the public, from fens at Pinged to woodlands in Llandeilo.
The National Botanic Gardens Wales manages the Waun Las National Nature Reserve, wonderful unimproved grasslands.
Plantlife is another grassland reserve near Lampeter. It is an important rich, especially flower rich in June with greater and lesser butterfly orchids.
Run by a community group, just outside Llangennech the wood welcomes walkers, cyclists and horse-riders, and those simply wishing to sit in the woods and enjoy the wildlife.
The Wales Coastal Path travels through Carmarthenshire – walk along Carmarthenshire's golden sands at Pendine, through the forests of Pembrey, and up on cliffs from Pendine towards the Pembrokeshire boundary.
Our coastline is one of the county’s natural assets. There are a range of beaches which can be explored throughout the year – each season will provide a different experience to enjoy!
Natural Resources Wales manages a number of sites in the county with a range of woodland habitats. Pembrey, Brechfa and Crychan forests are large accessible forests where you can walk, ride and mountain bike.
Cwm Rhaeadr in the upper Tywi valley is smaller but with a maze of paths and a steep mountain bike trail.
Visit Tywi forest to see if you can spot the elusive red squirrel! Carmarthenshire has a number of National Nature Reserves:
- Carmel Woods NNR is home to the only turlough (seasonal lake) in Britain, but it has many other habitats and wildlife to enjoy, too. Apart from broad-leaved woodland, Carmel Woods has heathland, bog, a limestone quarry, and species-rich grassland.
- Allt Rhyd y Groes NNR, and the surrounding area of the Cwm Doethie - Mynydd Mallaen SAC, consist in part of sessile oak woodlands clinging to steep gorges.
- Dinefwr National Nature Reserve is an area of parkland with ancient trees, some of which are estimated to be over 700 years old and which support numerous interesting lichens and insects.
Page updated on: 30/08/2017