This market town in the Cambrian Mountains has some nice riverside walks along the River Towy and River Bran to try. This circular walk takes you along the river before exploring the woodland and countryside to the south of the town.
The walk starts at the train station in the town centre. The station is on the Heart of Wales Line 42 miles (68 km) north east of Swansea and is located at Tywi Avenue. From here you can follow footpaths north west to the river and then turn south along the riverside path which also runs along the golf course.
The path then leaves the river and heads east, crossing the River Bran, around Cwm-Rhuddan. You then follow some woodland trails north before returning to the town around Afon Bran at Llandovery Castle. The 13th century castle ruins occupy a knoll overlooking the River Towy with nice views of the surrounding countryside.
After exploring the castle you head through the town centre before returning to the train station where the route finishes.
The town is also located in the west of the Brecon Beacons where you can find lots of good walking trails. If you head a few miles to the south east you can visit the lovely Usk Reservoir. There's a nice cycling and walking trail running round the reservoir where you can also look out for Red Kites.
Another nice idea is to catch the train north and visit the Cynghordy Viaduct. The impressive grade II listed 18-arch viaduct carries the route across the Afon Bran valley on a gentle curve.
Also not to far away are the lakes of Llyn y Fan Fach and Llyn Brianne.
Llandovery Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Llandovery Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Llandovery OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Llandovery Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
The Bluebell Inn is located on the High Street does good food and has a nice garden to sit out in on warmer days. You can find it at postcode SA20 0PU for your sat navs.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
About 10 miles south west of the town you will find the interesting town of Llandeilo where there's some lovely trails through Dinefwr Park. Near here there's also Gelli Aur Country Park. The park surrounds the Golden Grove mansion and includes a deer park, peacocks, views of the Tywi Valley and an aboretum with some fine specimen trees.
To the north there's the peaceful little village of Rhandirmwyn where you can explore the interesting old lead mines, the River Towy Valley and the local woods.
Near the Usk Reservoir to the east, you can pick up the Epynt Way. This shared cycling and walking trail takes you around Mynydd Epynt in the MOD's Sennybridge Army Training Area.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Cambrian Mountains Walks and the Brecon Beacons Walks page.