White Park cattle walk, Dinefwr

Dinefwr Park, Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire

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White Park cows and calves © Betty Matthews

White Park cows and calves

White Park cows by the cleft oak fence © National Trust

White Park cows by the cleft oak fence

Woven tree hangings in the tea room © Riitta Sinkkonen Davies

Woven tree hangings in the tea room

Route overview

Moo-ve along the trail and see why the White Park cattle love Dinefwr so much. The Dinefwr Estate has been home to this ancient breed for hundreds of years. They perform a vital service in managing the grassland.

Route details

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Map of the White Park cattle walk, Dinefwr
  • Directions
  • Route
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Start: Dinefwr Welcome Centre, grid ref: SN615224

  1. From the car park follow the visitor route past some of Dinefwrs famous trees towards Newton House. The White Park cattle graze the parkland to the right all summer, helping to maintain the pasture.

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    White Park cattle have been at Dinefwr for centuries. They are mentioned in the laws of Hywel Dda, a 10th-century ruler of this part of Wales.

    White Park cows and calves © Betty Matthews
  2. Walk past the front entrance and go first through the metal gate across the track, then through the wooden gate. Turn right along a footpath. The wooded ridge to your left is the eastern rookery, a feature of the 18th-century designed landscape. How many ancient trees can you see here? Some of the oaks here are over 500 years old.

    Show/HideCleft-oak fencing

    The cleft-oak fencing you walk past in direction 2, on your right along this grassy path, is a restored feature of the original parkland. You can see it in paintings of the landscape. It gets its name from how its made: oak is split or cleaved lengthways to make the rails.

    White Park cows by the cleft oak fence © National Trust
  3. Carry on down the slope to the gate and turn right onto the servants track the old route from Home Farm around the estate.

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    The tree clumps along the track in direction 3 are another part of the landscape design, framing views from Newton House. The lime trees, though, are the remains of an early, more formal garden design. These and other trees in the park are illustrated in magnificent weavings hanging in the tea-room in Newton House.

    Woven tree hangings in the tea room © Riitta Sinkkonen Davies
  4. As you go up the track, keep to the right to go through the wooden gate into the sunken track'. It was designed to ensure that those in Newton House wouldnt be disturbed by the sight of workers in their landscape, spoiling the view.

  5. When you come out of the sunken track onto the driveway watch out for vehicles coming round the corner. Keep to the wide grass verge as you walk back to the car park, enjoying the views over the parkland and the Tywi Valley. As you pass the gate into the field on your right try to imagine it as it was in the 1940s, when it was filled with the Nissen Huts of an army general hospital.

End: Dinefwr Welcome Centre, grid ref: SN615224

  • Trail: Walking
  • Grade: Easy
  • Distance: 1 mile (1.6km)
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • OS Map: Landranger 159; Explorer 186
  • Terrain:

    This walk is easy under foot with field paths, gravelled tracks and tarmac. Dogs on leads are welcome.

  • How to get here:

    On foot: To Llandeilo, then signposted from Carmarthen Road opposite fire and ambulance stations. Driveway 0.8 mile (1.3km)

    By bike: NCN route 47, then 2 miles (3.2km) to Llandeilo. See Sustrans website for details

    By bus: From Carmarthen, Llandovery and Swansea, bus stops 2 minutes from entrance, then 0.8 mile (1.28km) walk. See Traveline-Cymru website for details

    By train: Station in Llandeilo, 1.5 miles (2.4km)

    By car: To Llandeilo, then signposted from Carmarthen Road opposite fire and ambulance stations. Postcode SA19 6RT

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