Paxton's Tower walk, Carmarthenshire

Llanarthne, Carmarthenshire

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Paxton's Tower has magnificent views over the Tywi valley © National Trust

Paxton's Tower has magnificent views over the Tywi valley

One of the stunning views across Carmarthenshire © National Trust

One of the stunning views across Carmarthenshire

Looking down on the ruins of Dryslwyn Castle © National Trust

Looking down on the ruins of Dryslwyn Castle

Route overview

A short stroll with magnificent views over the Carmarthenshire countryside.

Route details

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Map of the Paxton's Tower walk, Carmarthenshire
  • Directions
  • Route
  • Bus stop
  • Parking
  • Toilet
  • Viewpoint

Start: Car park at Paxton's Tower, grid ref: SN538190

  1. From the car park go left, then turn left through the gate leading to the tower.

    Show/HidePaxton's 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.

    Paxton's Tower has magnificent views over the Tywi valley © National Trust
  2. 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.

    Show/HideMagnificent views

    Some say that on a clear day the panoramic scene unfolding across the countryside covers seven counties. How many can you identify?

    One of the stunning views across Carmarthenshire © National Trust
  3. Once you've taken in the views and absorbed the atmosphere, retrace your steps to the car park.

    Show/HideDryslwyn ruins

    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.

    Looking down on the ruins of Dryslwyn Castle © National Trust

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
  • Terrain:

    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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