Cwmdu wildflower meadows walk

Cwmdu, Llandeilo

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The terrace is the heart of the hamlet of Cwmdu © National Trust

The terrace is the heart of the hamlet of Cwmdu

Wildflower meadow at Cwmdu in mid summer © Elinor James

Wildflower meadow at Cwmdu in mid summer

Great burnet flowering in one of the meadows in Cwmdu © Elinor James

Great burnet flowering in one of the meadows in Cwmdu

The old school and telephone box in Cwmdu © National Trust

The old school and telephone box in Cwmdu

Route overview

A glorious walk through flower rich meadows. In midsummer you'll see orchids, ox-eye daisies, bright-eyes and yellow rattle. The abundance of these flowers means the meadows are alive with insects too. Look out particularly for the pretty ringlet butterfly which flourishes here.

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Map showing the route of a 1 mile walk through wildflower meadows at Cwmdu, Carmarthenshire
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  • Toilet
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Start: Cwmdu Inn car park, grid ref: SN263230

  1. Walk along the lane between the terrace and the pub garden. The box hedge is over 200 years old. Just past the chapel, turn right up the track towards Gwaunforfydd and follow the narrow path to the right of the yard. Go through the gate at the end and follow the fence line on to the stile behind the stone building that takes you into the first field. Follow the ridge up the field, and listen for the sound of water. One of the many streams that criss-cross the area flows in a gulley down the steep bank, through the beech trees.

    Show/HideRhyderonnen

    The terrace was created in the early 1800s when the cottages with their 'blind' windows were built on to the existing inn and shop. We don't know the architect.

    The terrace is the heart of the hamlet of Cwmdu © National Trust
  2. Go through the field gate into the first of the two wildflower meadows.

    Show/HideWildflower hay meadows

    These hay fields have escaped the modern agricultural 'improvements' of deep ploughing, re-seeding, chemical fertilisers and herbicide treatments. If you look over to the farmland in the distance you'll see the difference in landscape between conservation and intensive agriculture.

    Wildflower meadow at Cwmdu in mid summer © Elinor James
  3. Carry on up the field into the second meadow. It's worth stopping for a while to see how many different types of flower and insect you can spot. Whorled caraway, the flower emblem of Carmarthenshire, grows here, along with several varieties of orchid.

    Show/HideGreat Burnet

    These red 'lollipops' are great burnet. It flowers from June to September in meadows that have been undisturbed for years

    Great burnet flowering in one of the meadows in Cwmdu © Elinor James
  4. Cross over the stile, leaving the unimproved pasture. You'll see few flowers in this field, though bluebells an primroses grow under the hedges in spring. Follow the hedge line to the gate and turn right down the farm track. The hedges on either side are quite old and varied. A different set of flowers grow here, from primroses and violets in the spring to knapweed and meadowsweet in late summer.

    Show/HideThe old school

    Now the chapel vestry, this building probably started life as a cottage. In the mid 1800s it was extended and used as the village school until 1908, when a purpose built school was added to the hamlet.

  5. As you follow the track to the cattle grid look behind you at the string of farmsteads on the hillside. The field boundaries here have hardly changed for more than 100 years. Go through the gate to the right of the cattlegrid and walk up the track to rejoin the lane. Turn right and go back down the hill to the car park, passing the old school on your right.

    The old school and telephone box in Cwmdu © National Trust

End: Cwmdu Inn car park, grid ref: SN263230

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

    Slopes, pasture fields, farm track and country lane. Narrow enclosed path at start of walk; gates and two stiles. Dogs on leads welcome. The walk is through farmland and there will probably be sheep in some fields.

  • How to get here:

    By bike: B4302 from Llandeilo. Turn left at Halfway and follow lane into village

    By bus: Twice weekly service from Llandeilo, see Traveline-Cymru for details

    By train: Station at Llandeilo 6 miles (9.6km), see Traveline-Cymru for details

    By car: B4302 from Llandeilo. Turn left at Halfway and follow lane into village. Postcode SA19 6DY

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