This ancient market town is of Llandovery is located in the upper Tywi Valley, on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park in Carmarthenshire. Llandovery means “The Church Amidst the Waters” since it is flanked by the Towi and the Bran rivers with the Y Bawddwr meandering through the town centre.
The region is ideal for outdoor leisure activities such as walking, bird watching (this is Red Kite country), horse riding, fishing and cycling, among others. Suffice to say that the spectacular scenery boasts gorges, rivers, waterfalls and a tranquility that is, unfortunately, rapidly diminishing in other parts of the country. To top it off, some of the best beaches in the UK are within 1 hours drive!
The town of Llandovery springs into full bloom every summer when locals start proudly displaying dozens upon dozens of flowers all throughout the town.
Carmarthenshire, popularly known as the Garden of Wales, is found in south western region of Wales. Here lays the National Botanic Garden of Wales, Aberglasney Gardens and many other areas of outstanding beauty.
Just 11 miles to the North you will find Llyn Brianne, a man-made reservoir which feeds the Towy valley. This is an area of unspoilt Welsh countryside which is a match for any other across the Brecon Beacons. This can be accessed by car or for the more energetic by bicycle – breathtaking in more ways than one!!!
The Brecon Beacons is absolutely brimming with activities for the adventurous, as well as sights such as waterfalls and caves for you to see and explore.
Within 15 minutes of Llandovery lies the Dolaucothi Gold Mines, which includes an hour long tour and the ability to pan for real Welsh Gold. Be warned that you may be required to flex those muscles as you descend down into the caverns. Dolaucothi used to be a Roman Gold Mine too.
Carmarthen is a large market town that lies 26 miles west of Llandovery along the A40. Here you can visit modern and traditional shops and the ancient market. The Welsh language is spoken more here than almost anywhere else in Wales.
Brecon with its river walks, and famous college lies only 22 miles to the east along the A40. Our ice-creams are sourced from a local company Llanfaes who operate from premises across the road from the college and have over 50 flavours of sumptuous ice-creams and fruit ices to choose from.
Within 40 minutes you can reach Carmarthen Bay where the Tywi meets the sea. Dylan Thomas and his family famously settled in Laugharne, a sleepy fishing town, on the estuary that leads to the Pendine sands. This is where the land speed records were attempted sometimes with fatal consequences.