Paxton's Tower walk, Carmarthenshire
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A short stroll with magnificent views over the Carmarthenshire countryside.
- Bus stop
Start: Car park at Paxton's Tower, grid ref: SN538190
From the car park go left, then turn left through the gate leading to the tower.
Paxton's Tower was built in about 1807 by William Paxton. He owned the Middleton Hall Estate, now the home of the National Botanic Garden of Wales.
Local legend says that this 'folly' was built out of spite. Paxton spent thousands of pounds trying to get elected to Parliament in 1802 only to be defeated by 45 votes. He built the tower instead of the bridge across the river Tywi that had been his election promise. A more likely explanation, though, is that the tower was built in the spirit of the times, as a place to wine and dine his guests and take in the panoramic views from this spot.
Some say that on a clear day the panoramic scene unfolding across the countryside covers seven counties. How many can you identify?
Once you've taken in the views and absorbed the atmosphere, retrace your steps to the car park.
Dryslwyn Castle is visible in the distance. Further afield you might spot the glass dome of the National Botanic Garden of Wales to the west, or the wooded slopes of Dinefwr Park to the east. When the weather is clear, there are breathtaking views in all directions. For three weeks in 1287 Dryslwyn Castle was besieged by 11,000 men. It was then occupied by the English for over 100 years before being deliberately destroyed in about 1410.
End: Car park at Paxton's Tower, grid ref: SN538190
- Trail: Walking
- Grade: Easy
- Distance: 0.3 mile (500m)
- Time: 15 minutes
- OS Map: Explorer 186
Gently sloping grazed grass path. Dogs on leads welcome. Please clear up after your dogs.
- How to get here:
By bike: NCN Route 47 goes through Llanarthne, see Sustrans website for details
By bus: Carmarthen-Nantgaredig-Llandeilo service stops in Llanarthne, see Traveline- Cymru website for details. 1.6 miles (2.6km) from bus stop
By train: Nearest station Carmarthen 12 miles (19.3km), see Traveline-Cymru website for details
By car: B4300 Carmarthen-Llandeilo to Llanarthne, then follow brown signs up the lane from the village
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