With Silver Birch Cottage being situated on the edge of Llandovery, it is perfect for small town walks, as well as long country walks without having to take the car, simply leave the cottage on foot and walk. Each walk has its own memorable moments with outstanding views, clear rivers, country roads, beautiful woodlands and fields of vibrant green grass.
If you decide that you want to explore the surrounding areas of the National Park, you can easily jump in your vehicle to reach your historical destination. You will find walks around castles, reservoirs, mountains and even a night-time walk through the local dark skies’ areas, to see the magical and spectacular stars.
There are walks to suit all ages and abilities, from a short stroll around the town, to going on an all day hike up to the lakes of Llyn Y fan Fach and Llyn Y Fan Fawr. There are many websites, apps and brochures which highlight all the walks available, each walk is marked out with the little man signs, sometimes it is a treat to follow them and have a surprise as to where the loop takes you.
Maybe a short walk to get you started, around the historical town of Llandovery.
Leave the Cottage (Blue Dot) and walk right towards the bridge. Just before the bridge you will see a wooden path with steps on the right. Follow the path along the riverbank, until you arrive in the town’s main car park. If you look up to your left you will see the statue of Llywelyn ap Gruffydd Fychan and the old castle ruins (Purple Dot). It is definitely worth walking up to the castle to see the views of the town and mountains surrounding Llandovery.
From here walk towards the front of the Castle Hotel, on your right you will see Llandovery’s Museum, Visitor Centre and a statue commemorating the drovers of Llandovery (Green Dot).
Walk past the Castle Hotel, follow the road around to the left, on your right you will see the towns remembrance memorial, which has recently had beautiful flowers planted around it (Brown Dot).
Cross the road and walk along the lane behind the memorial, you will start to see a few small local businesses including The Old Printing Office. Walking along the lane takes you into the old market square with cobble stones and water feature. Take a seat for a little while under the Town Hall arches and it feels like you are being taken back in time, maybe to the time of the bustling old market days. (pink dot)
As you make your way back to the cottage, you pass the art and craft centre on your right as you head to the main road. Turning left along the High Street, you will pass the memorial chapel on your left, commemorating the famous Welsh hymn writer William Williams Pantycelyn. Continue along the road until you reach Crown Stores, now a lovely antique shop, turn right in to Bridge Street! or is it Waterloo Street! or is it Crown Terrace? The road where Silver Birch Cottage is situated has a bit of mystery as to what it is called.
Along this little town walk, you will have touched the fascinating history of Llandovery, you will have passed several tea rooms and pubs where you will hopefully have refreshed yourselves.