Local Walks

A lovely short walk is one of the most famous old German field howitzer on top of the hill known as Twyn y Garth. The gun was delivered by rail in 1920 to Erwood Station and, after some rivalry between the men of Erwood and those of Llandeilo Graban, it was dragged by men and horses and positioned adjacent to the Old British Camp on Twyn y Garth, where it was cemented in place. The views from the top of Twyn Y Garth are simply stunning. For more history on the cannon then visit https://www.painscastle-rhosgoch.co.uk/the-garth-gun.html

Explore Llandeilo Hill and breath taking views over the Wye Valley. Turn left out of the site and walk to Llandeilo Graban Church. At the crossroads turn to the left and follow the road for about half a mile (past Pentrecaeau) and you will then be on the bottom of Llandeilo Hill. Twm Tobaccos grave site is given as the grid reference, but there are many wonderful views, so choose your route. Please note, it is uphill and quite steep in places. The third photo is taken at sunrise.

Who was Twm Tobacco? ‘One story has him as a well loved ‘packman’ buried either where he fell, or at his favourite spot. A packman was an early travelling salesman. This Twm would in all likelihood have sold silk scarves, trinkets for the young girls, and of course tobacco. He may have carried a pack, or perhaps travelled with a pony or donkey. A great many of the old hill routes were no more than packhorse routes, too precipitous for wheeled carts. Many more were ‘Gambo’ roads, and only wide enough for this small Welsh cart. There’s a lot of them still existing, if you can spot the signs. However another tale has him as a felon, hanged at the crossroads and buried on unconsecrated ground.’

Walk a little further across Llandeilo Hill (or drive to Aberedw and then you have less than a half mile walk) and you will discover Prince Llewelyn’s cave.

Llywelyn ap Gruffydd (ap means son of). Llewellyn was the Last Prince of Wales: he rebelled against the King Edward I of England and became a wanted man. Mystery surrounds his last days in December 1282, there are several slightly different versions of the story. You can visit one secluded place where he is said to have sheltered before his last battle. This is a tiny cave near Aberedw with a doorway and a small lookout window where local legend says he spent the night before his last battle. There is another story that says he asked a local blacksmith to put the shoes on his horse to face backwards, to confuse his enemies.

There is a community owned village pub in Aberedw village (Seven Stars) – an ideal spot to take a well earned rest.

The Begwns are 1293 acres of common land which was gifted to the National Trust by the Maesllwch Estate in 1992 and managed for grazing and quiet recreation. The common ranges in elevation from 250m at its lowest to 415m at ‘The Roundabout’, a hilltop wooded feature at the heart of the area. A trig point immediately outside of this enclosure is 1m lower. The trees were planted here to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee with a wall constructed around them in 1887 for protection.

From the top, on a clear day, you will have the most breath taking 360 degree views of the Brecon Beacons, Black Mountains and Radnorshire hills and possibly, if you are lucky, you could even see the Malvern hills and the Shropshire hills too!

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