Set in the foothills of the Cambrian Mountains with direct access to miles of empty forest road and mountain tracks, Dalarwen offers great opportunities for walkers, artists and nature lovers. You have the choice of foraying further into the mountains, where you might spend a whole day and not meet another soul, or of going down into the Towy and Cothi Valleys, where the villages offer shop and pub facilities, and there is the possibility of wild swimming amongst dramatic scenery.
For wildlife enthusiasts there are many species to be seen around the house including pied flycatchers, otters, slow worms, nuthatches and house martens among many others. The nearby RSPB reserves of Gwenffwrd and Dinas offer plenty of other wildlife including red kites. Local flora includes hanging oak woods, rowan, bog asphodel, wild thyme and a variety of ferns and mosses. Red Squirrels are in the vicinity as well as possibly Pine Martens.
The Towy valley is a fascinating landscape with several ruined castles, Twn Sion Catti’s cave and enchanting gardens (including the National Botanical Gardens of Wales). The Roman Gold Mines in the Cothi valley at Pumpsaint are also well worth a visit. The Brecon Beacons and Cardiganshire coast, with its beaches, seals and dolphins, are all within easy driving distance.
Closer to home is the historic Drovers’ town of Llandovery featuring the famous Bank of the Black Ox (established in 1799), as well as a castle, pubs, cafes, post office and a chip shop. Local crafts and produce can also be purchased from small shops dotted around the town. The neighbouring villages of Rhandirmwyn and Cilycwn also offer pubs (one with a shop), churches, village walks and plenty of character.
With lack of local light-pollution the night sky is very clear and the milky-way and constellations can be made out with ease. The wide angle of view available right out of the back door would be particularly suitable for astrophotography without being far from a hot fire and cup of tea.
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