Shall I, shan’t I go walking today as the forecast was dry but very chilly?! Pleased I chose to go so arrived at Llandeilo station with my pal, Jane, wrapped up warmly ready to start with everyone on our walk around Dinefwr. We set off crossing over the railway line and down through the muddy pathways crossing under the Heart of Wales line again before we climbed the hill back up into Llandeilo getting some great views over the Towy valley on the way.
In the future this view might be dominated by a bye -pass which has recently been given the go ahead after many years of promise. Still not sure of the route but this may be one of them!
At the top of the climb we reached St Teilo’s Church.The church building was completed in 1850 and the tower is late medieval.
Across the road from the church was the kind of bike that I understand!
There was some activity on the church roof. I kept quiet…well tried to….as I didn’t want any accidents to be blamed on me!
We continued down the road passing many colourful houses and the excellent fruit and veg shop stopping briefly to look inside and say hello to Gerwyn.
We admired the beautiful bridge over the river Towy and then crossed the road to continue into Dinefwr Woods.
Following the path through the woods we could hear the sound of woodpeckers but sadly no sight of them.
The charming little Llandyfeisant Church is hidden amongst the trees, brambles and bushes and has a wonderful history. It is still standing but needs attention. The small churchyard has much to admire and holds great interest for folk who enjoy finding out about the past and looking at the flora and fauna.
One of my missions today was to try to photo the different trunks of trees. In an art group I belong to we have been experimenting with techniques to use mixed media to produce woodland scenes with different textures which means lots of gluing and sticking …bit like being back at school…in fact a lot like being in school!
After passing through the lovely woods which are still littered with the fallen leaves of autumn we saw the silhouette of the proud Dinefwr castle on the brow of the hill overlooking the scene below.
Downhill we skidded now…actually I was the only one who skidded on the mud- but it was rather a spectacular skid which was only stopped by a fellow walker…thanks!
Walking in front of Newton House we spotted some deer in the distance and even I could see a couple of deer with huge antlers. We decided to stay on the path!
We stopped to admire the new cowshed for The White Park Cattle and as luck would have it the gate was open so we could actually talk to the inhabitants to ask them what they thought of the new facility! They were most impressed and very happy with their clean, fresh and new accommodation.
‘We are in a race against time to save the future of our famous White Park Cattle. The cattle have been at Dinefwr for over one thousand years, but we now need to urgently raise £36,000 to buy a new bull and introduce new females to keep the bloodline alive and #SaveTheHerd.’
‘Our White Park Cattle are a living link to our very distant past with records of them at Dinefwr dating back to the year 920 when they were referenced in the laws of Hywel Dda (Hywel the Good), who codified the laws of Wales.
With just 750 breeding females left in the world, these animals are rarer than the Giant Panda.’ copied from the National Trust website Dinefwr Park
They are such amazing animals that I hope enough money will be raised to buy the new bull. They are very photogenic and show their best side to the camera at all times!
Leaving the cattle behind we passed near some dells when we espied something moving in the trees…was it a bird? No Was it a plane? No Tree surgeons climbing to the very end of not very strong branches…hope they didn’t need the help of medical surgeons later in the day!
We met some very pleasant walkers on our way round many of them being taken for their walks by their dogs.
We were very fortunate to be accompanied all the way on our walk by the sweetest, smallest dachshund ever, who was as brave as a lion when meeting other four footed friends and as cuddly as a teddy when he wanted carrying.
Toasted teacakes and raspberry cakes with iced toppings were our choices on cakes today in The Works cafe. After our wonderful 4 and a half mile walk we felt we all deserved a treat – so we had one!