On a day when the USA Presidential election result has been announced it’s good to reflect on the simple things in life like enjoying walking through beautiful countryside with friends and forgetting opinion polls and politics.
Our walk started at Dryslwyn carpark on a stunning autumn day with a clear blue sky and a chilly wind. There were lovely views across the Towy valley and in the distance there were numerous birds to be seen flying in and around the river. Camera on full zoom could only catch a glimpse of the birds so not sure what they are- maybe greylag?
Also a great number of magnificent huge fungi were around the carpark and looking quite special in the sunlight.
Dryslwyn Castle is the only place that I ‘feel’ some connection with the past occupants of the site. One can imagine the township that was situated on the top of the hill by the castle and all the life going on there with children playing and families carrying on their day to day lives. There is certainly an ‘atmosphere’ here! It was politics again that brought the castle walls tumbling down!
We didn’t immediately climb up to the castle but walked along the road until we came to a small lane bordered by some fine trees.
We followed the lane round and came to a hamlet called Felindre that I had never visited before. It’s amazing how some places get hidden away and stay quite secluded!
There are many Felindre’s in Wales as it means ‘mill town’ in English. There was no evidence to be seen of the mill but there was a village pump in what could have been the village pound long ago.
We followed the lane along passing some lovely houses with very friendly ‘ guard’ dogs outside.
This particular collie took such a fancy to us all that he joined the gang and accompanied us all the way back to the carpark!
Every way one looked there were interesting things to see. The sheep looked very comfy and cosy nestling in the dry autumn leaves and the view of Paxton’s Tower on the distant hill seemed to follow us around. Paxton’s Tower is a folly which was erected in honour of Lord Nelson. We had nearly completed our circular walk and the last part was the hardest climbing to the top of the hill to see the castle. It was well worth the effort with the wonderful views all around and the vision of the Towy river meandering its way slowly across the valley on its way passing through Carmarthen and on to its estuary by Llanstephan Castle.
A rather ‘naff’ photo of Paxton’s Tower but I just had to take it!!
Back to the carpark and a last kick around in the autumn leaves before a coffee and delicious cake at The Hangout, Llandeilo…our new favourite place. Best place to relax to forget politics and anything else that may be troubling the soul!