Llanerchaeron walk: stroll to Llanayron Halt

Llanerchaeron, Ceredigion

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St Non's was altered in around 1800 to make it more of an eye catcher © National Trust

St Non's was altered in around 1800 to make it more of an eye catcher

Llanayron Halt: the stories it could tell © National Trust

Llanayron Halt: the stories it could tell

There's a huge plane tree in the garden of Abermydr © National Trust

There's a huge plane tree in the garden of Abermydr

Route overview

Rail buffs and lovers of the romantic days of train travel will enjoy this walk down memory lane, following in the footsteps of the family who lived on an estate which had its very own railway station.

Route details

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Map showing the route for the Llanayron Halt trail at Llanerchaeron, Ceredigion
  • Directions
  • Route
  • Bus stop
  • Parking
  • Toilet
  • Viewpoint

Start: Llanerchaeron car park, grid ref: SN481603

  1. Turn right out of the car park and walk along the lane, past the service entrance of Llanerchaeron Villa, to the West Gate.

  2. Go over the way-marked stone stile on your left and through the kissing gate into the parkland.

  3. Continue diagonally across the parkland to a gap in the fence. There are great views of the church to your right and the villa to your left.

    Show/HideSt Non's church

    There's been a place of worship on this site since 1222. When John Nash designed Llanerchaeron Villa in the 1790s, he recommended adding the eye-catching dome to the church, St Non's. The Lewes family and many of their staff are buried here.

    St Non's was altered in around 1800 to make it more of an eye catcher © National Trust
  4. Once through the fence turn slightly to your right and continue to the gated footbridge in the corner of the field just beyond a giant oak tree.

  5. Cross the bridge over the river Mydr and turn left. Carry on for about 16yds (15m), then turn right over a small stream and onto the old railway track. You have arrived at Llanayron Halt.

  6. This Halt serviced Llanerchaeron Villa and the whole of the estate for 50 years. It opened in 1911 as part of the Great Western Railway's Lampeter, Aberaeron and New Quay Light Railway line. The last passengers used the brick platform in 1951.

    Show/HideLlanayron halt

    The railway brought goods for the estate to the Halt, as well as the Lewes family and their guests. Imagine the stories this platform could tell of rendezvous and separations during the four decades that saw two world wars.

    Llanayron Halt: the stories it could tell © National Trust
  7. Carry on along the old railway track till you reach the tarmac lane then turn right.

  8. Walk along the lane and over the bridge across the Mydr River. Look out for the picturesque estate cottage of Abermydr as you follow the lane back past the church to the car park for some well-earned refreshment at the café.

    Show/HideAbermydr

    This charming house was originally octagonal. It was extended in 1842 when it became the home for Llanayron's butler, Mr Paisey, and his wife. In the garden is one of the biggest trees on the estate - a vast Platanus hispanica or London plane tree.

    There's a huge plane tree in the garden of Abermydr © National Trust

End: Llanerchaeron car park, grid ref: SN481603

  • Trail: Walking
  • Grade: Easy
  • Distance: 1.25 miles (1.8km)
  • Time: 1 hour
  • OS Map: Explorer 199
  • Terrain:

    Mainly flat, some undulations, across grazed parkland, disused railway and tarmac. Stone stile, kissing gate and gated footbridge. Dogs on leads are welcome.

  • How to get here:

    By bike: NCN Route 822 goes to the start, see Sustrans for details

    By bus: Aberystwyth to Carmarthen route, stop at New Forge about 0.5 miles (0.8km), see Traveline-Cymru for details

    By car: A482 Aberaeron to Lampeter, follow signs to Llanerchaeron. Post code SA48 8DG

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