Walkers on path 13/34 above Pencader
There are 102 Public Right of Way in the Llanfihangel-ar-Arth area. These are shown on the Definitive map held by the Carmarthenshire County Council Leisure Department who are legally responsible for their maintenance.
The countryside around Pencader is ideal for walking. The fields, valleys, woods, forestry and streams offer a variety of environments. As you cross the hills from valley to valley there are some splendid views of the villages. As well as the benefits of the exercise, exploring our countryside away from the roads gives a greater appreciation and awareness of the place where you live.
The Countryside Code
For your enjoyment and safety it is important to follow the Countryside Code. In particular, because so many of our paths cross farmland, it is vital that dogs should be kept under close control and that plants and animals are protected. Please do not drop litter or light fires.
Walkers at Brechfa Forest
Joining a walking group is a good way to make friends and explore fresh places as well as the health and fitness benefits. There are walking groups in two neighbouring communities, Llandysul and Llanpumsaint.
Llandysul & Pont Tyweli
The Llandysul “Walkers are Welcome” run a programme of monthly guided walks. Everyone is welcome, but walks are priced at £4.00 per person per walk booked in advance or £5.00 on the day. Annual membership fees are £10 for one person and £15 for a couple. There is no fee for under 16 year olds. Guides to 8 walking routes around Llandysul can be downloaded here.
Llanpumsaint Walking Club
There is an active walking club at Llanpumsaint village. This gained “Walkers are Welcome” status in 2016. It has its own web page as part of the Llanpumsaint Community Information Exchange where you can see details of the next walk and news of other recent outings. A guide to three local walks, called The Ditchhikers Guide, is available from the village shop.
Llwybrau Bro Cader — Pencader and District Walks and Trails
From 2005 to 2010 this walking group based in Pencader organised community walks several times a year. Unfortunately, due to loss of support it is no longer active. If anyone would like to help in the planning, publicising and organising of walking activities in this area please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
OUR RIGHTS OF WAY
In 2006 County Rangers carried out a detailed survey of all the official walking paths in Llanfihangel-Ar-Arth. A few paths, such as direct shortcuts or existing farm tracks were suitable for walking although often not signposted for walkers. However, many paths were recorded as having serious problems due to neglect, obstructions and years of disuse. The survey recorded all these problems with photographs and assessments of the work needed.
Llwybrau Bro Cader has copies of the surveys for all 102 paths and can supply more details on request by email. (email@example.com)
RIGHTS OF WAY IMPROVEMENT PLAN (ROWIP)
In 2007/8 some £32,000 was spent under the ROWIP in improving footpaths in Llanfihangel-ar-Arth. New stiles, gates and clearance work resulted in about 18 paths being reopened for use. 10 other paths were described as having “legal issues”.
Some of the opened paths form walking routes reasonably accessible from Pencader, Alltwalis and Gwyddgrug. Maps and details of some of these routes are available here.
The Carmarthenshire County Council Leisure department has been contacted in January 2012 with a request for more current information. We have asked if anything has been done about the paths with “legal issues”. We have asked whether any more improvement work has been carried out since 2008 and requested an up to date assessment of how many of our paths are currently usable.
When received details of their response will be published on the web site.
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