Walking

Walking trail

Dolaucothi parkland walk

Walking trail

A gentle stroll around the grounds of the Dolaucothi mansion, taking in a riverside walk and the main approach.

In spring the ground is carpeted with bluebells and in autumn this is a great place to find fungi.

A wooden bridge that taes you over the Cothi River

Map

Map route for Dolaucothi parkland walk

Start:

Dolaucothi Gold Mines car park, grid ref: SN662403

1

Cross the road from the car park and go through the gate into the clearing. You'll see lots of stumps in this area where trees have been felled. Native trees like birch, ash and oak will grow up here to replace them, changing this into a wonderful wood.

2

Follow the path. On your right you will see the beautifully tranquil Dolaucothi Estate Caravan Park.

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3

Follow the path along by the River Gothi, looking out for kingfishers and otters which are sometimes seen on this stretch. Go through the gate onto the track and turn left, down to the bridge.

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4

Cross over the bridge and turn right through the gate, heading for the corner of the walled garden. Behind these massive stone walls is a grass paddock grazed by sheep. 200 years ago, though, it was an elegant garden, stocked with exotic plants, where the ladies of the house took their exercise.

5

Follow the path, keeping the walled garden to your right. There are all kinds of shrubs and conifers growing here, the remains of the garden that was here in the 1800s. Climb over the stile and carry on along the path.

6

Before you climb the next stile, can you spot the grotto amongst the tree roots? This too was part of the garden design. Go up the steps then turn left off the track onto a narrow path through the trees, above the river bank.

7

Follow the path to where it joins the main drive near the gateway to the road. The visitor centre (and toilet) is just along the road to your right. Here you can find out more about the area and the Dolaucothi Estate. Turn left at the junction to return to the Gold Mine car park.

End:

Dolaucothi Gold Mines car park, grid ref: SN662403

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Dolaucothi parkland walk

Terrain

Path uneven in places, can be muddy. A few steps, stiles and gates. First section of path accessible for wheelchairs.

Dogs on leads welcome.

Dolaucothi parkland walk

Contact us

Dolaucothi parkland walk

How to get here

Address
Dolaucothi Gold Mines, Llanwrda, Carmarthenshire SA19 8US
By road

A482 Lampeter – Llanwrda. Follow brown tourist signs to Dolaucothi Gold Mines car park, postcode SA19 8US.

By bus

Lampeter to Llandovery, bus stop in Pumsaint village, see Traveline-Cymru for details.

By bicycle

Off the A482 at Pumsaint between Lampeter and Llanwrda.

Dolaucothi parkland walk

Facilities and access

  • Shop with rare Welsh gold jewellery
  • Free parking - overflow car park opposite main entrance
  • Tea-room
  • Dogs on leads welcome