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There are so many things to see and do whilst on your holiday in Wales. One day you could be up a mountain looking down on Carreg Cennen Castle, the next exploring the beautiful welsh coastline with its clean wide-open beaches. Today, mountain biking in the Brechfa forest, tomorrow, a boat trip to Scomer Island, a spot of fishing on the Towy or Cothi rivers, learning to ski on the dry slopes of Pembray Park or walking in Carmarthenshire's stunningly varied scenery.
You do not have to travel to enjoy this location, there are walks from the property and a guide, if you need one, can be arranged. Many of our holiday makers are actually happy to spend time lazing about the gardens.

Click on links below for some ideas on, what to do and where to go.

There are many things to do and see within a short drive: Dryslwyn Castle, Dinefwr Park, Golden Grove with its wild deer and activities for children in the summer, Lyn Lech Owen reservoir, Aberglasney Gardens or The National Botanical Garden of Wales. All are within a15 minute drive and there's so much more.


The Lost Gardens of Aberglasney
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The story of Aberglasney and its gardens spans many centuries, but its origins are shrouded in mystery. This intimate ‘garden lost in time’ is both enchanting and inspiring, combining historic garden structures with sympathetic design and planting. Aberglasney packs an amazing amount into its intimate spaces. You can explore the ancient formal gardens with their pools, parapets, cloisters and arches, and then discover the rare and exciting plants that are turning the rest of Aberglasney into a plantsman’s paradise. Again a short drive away from LLanfynydd, A good way to spend an afternoon.
7 miles from Ash Tree Lodge http://www.aberglasney.org

The National Botanical Garden Of Wales
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The National Botanical Garden of Wales is just a short drive from Ash Tree Lodge. It is one of the first national botanic gardens to be created in the new millennium. It is the most visited garden in Wales and is helping to conserve some of the rarest plants in the world. This is an interesting day out for the family. Those particularly interested in horticulture should not miss the opportunity to take a look. There is lots going on so check out the web site before you arrive at Ash Tree Lodge. If you are a group more than 10 you may be able to get a visitors discount. Powered wheel chairs also available at the gardens.
7 miles from Ash Tree Lodge www.gardenofwales.org.uk/

Guided Hiking Adventures
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Whilst staying at Stangwrach holiday cottages why not take advantage of the local Hiking guide. Prices vary for different type of walks, gentle, moderate or challenging routes to choose from. Take a look this website for more details. Cari is qualified Hill & Moorland Leader, She works as a volunteer for the local Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme and also works on expeditions overseas. Please book walks with Ceri in advance of your stay to avoid being disappointed.
Ash Tree Lodge www.muddybootshiking.com

Dryslwyn Castle
Dryslwyn Castle stand proud over looking the river Towy This is a great place for kids to explore and a good vantage point to look over the valley and watch the sun set or sun rise. Only a short drive from Llanfynydd, Ash Tree Lodge and Stangwrach Cottage, it's great as an evening trip to wear the children out before bedtime. If you are feeling energetic you could even get the bikes out and ride to the castle and make an afternoon of it with packed lunch. It's all down hill from the lodge, but bear in mind to save some energy for the steeper climb back home. Better still get some one to collect you and your bike by car.
5 miles from Ash Tree Lodge http://cadw.wales.gov.uk/daysout/dryslwyncastle/?lang=en

The Red Kite Feeding Centre Llanddeusant
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The red kite feeding centre is located in the village of Llanddeusant at the western edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park in Carmarthenshire, Wales. Visitors may sit in the specially built hide only feet away from diving birds and observe them competing naturally for the meat provided by the feeding centre at regular times throughout the year. This is a great day out for the photography enthusiast. You will also see the red kites all around Llanfynydd where Ash Tree Lodge and Stangwrach Cottage are located, there are several breeding pairs around the hills and forests surrounding Llanfynydd village.
13 miles from Ash Tree Lodge www.redkiteswales.co.uk

Dinefwr Park, LLandeilo
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Dinefwr Park is a short drive from the village of Llanfynydd on the outer rim of the historical town of Llandeilo. At the heart of Welsh history for a thousand years, Dinefwr Park took shape in the years after 1775, when the medieval castle, house, gardens, woods and deer park were integrated into one vast and breathtaking landscape. Footpaths through the park lead to the castle, deer park and woods, which have outstanding views of the Towy Valley. Badger watching can also be arranged at the park from the especially adapted hide.
7 miles from Stangwrach http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-dinefwrpark

Dolaucothi Gold Mines
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These unique gold mines, last worked in 1938, are set amid wooded hillsides overlooking the beautiful Cothi Valley. The Romans who exploited the site almost 2000 years ago left behind a complex of pits, channels, adits and tanks. Mining resumed in the 19th century and continued through the 20th century, reaching a peak in 1938. Guided tours take visitors through the Roman and the more recent underground workings. Gold panning gives visitors the opportunity to experience the frustrations of the search for gold. This is a good half-day tripe for the whole family.
12 miles from Stangwrach www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dolaucothi-gold-mines/visitor-information/

Carreg Cennen Castle
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There are few castles in Wales, which can boast a more spectacular location than Carreg Cennen. Its stout, weather-beaten ruins crown a precipitous limestone crag overlooking the remote Black Mountain in the western corner of the Brecon Beacons National Park. There is only one way up, a steep, grassy hill protected by a complicated system of defences. Approach from the opposite direction is impossible, for the castle sits the edge of a sheer 100-mtr cliff. A visit is an adventure below as well as above ground. A passageway cut into the cliff face leads to a natural cave, which may well have been inhabited in prehistoric times.
13 miles from Ash Tree Lodge http://cadw.wales.gov.uk/daysout/Carreg-cennen-castle/?lang=en

Llandeilo a small thriving market town
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Llandeilo is a small, but thriving, market town in Carmarthenshire, situated on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park. It is a popular home for people who work elsewhere and also an area that attracts many tourists and holidaymakers. It is located within easy reach of the hills and the coast, the Heart of Wales railway line and the M4 motorway. Also only a 15-minute drive from the village of Llanfynydd. The community of Llandeilo about 2000 residents and is well served with small friendly shops, cloths, local produce, gifts and galleries. Well worth an afternoon especially combined with a visit to Dinefwr Park.
7 miles from Ash Tree Lodge  

Re-enactments
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In period houses across Wales re-enactments are a great way to become caught up in history, great for kids and grown ups. Last year the Sealed Knot staged a battle in Dinefwr Park and it was spectacular. Sealed Knot battle re-enactments are colourful, exciting and above all realistic - the roar of the cannon, cavalry dashing across the field, thousands of soldiers clashing in battle, the colourful standards, the smoke and the noise of the drums - this is the Sealed Knot - vividly bringing to life the battles that helped shape our nation. Carmarthen also holds the Merlin festival where you can see knights in armour.
7 miles from Ash Tree Lodge http://www.thesealedknot.org.uk/

Llyn Llech Owain Country Park
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Llyn Llech Owain Country Park is an area of 64 hectares, the central feature being the lake itself, which is surrounded by a peat bog. The rest of the park consists of woodland, dry heath and broad leaved woodland. Many paths are well surfaced and accessible to wheelchair users. Facilities include a Visitor Centre, live TV pictures of nesting birds, woodland walks, lakeside and bog walks, picnic areas, cafeteria, Mountain bike trail, and adventure playground. This is a good afternoon trip as the adventure playground provides a great place to burn off excess energy.
7 miles from Ash Tree Lodge www.discovercarmarthenshire.com/parks/llyn-llech-owain-and-mynydd-mawr.html

Horse Riding
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Marros riding centre a family owned & run establishment providing horse riding services, catering for all levels of riders from people who have never even seen a horse close up, to the most experienced of riders. We take both individuals and families for treks on the Marros Mountain along our woodland tracks or for the more experienced rider we offer riding along the eleven kilometres of beaches that are within easy reach of the farm. We provide lessons for all levels of rider from complete beginners up to very experienced riders wanting to improve their skills.
29 miles from Stangwrach http://www.marros-farm.co.uk

Llansteffan Castle
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Llansteffan Castle is an impressive, dramatically sited stronghold crowning a hilltop overlooking the estuary of the River Tywi. This is a lovely trip for an afternoon evening run. Children can enjoy the open space for flying their kites, playing in the sand and collecting shells. The more energetic amongst you can make their way through the woods up to the castle. Depending on the time of year this is also a good place for a bag of chips, and there is nothing better than mum having an evening off cooking. The little end cottage, converted into a cafe also makes some great cakes and a cappuccino to die for after a long walk.
20 miles from Ash Tree Lodge http://www.discovercarmarthenshire.com/

Celtic Quest Coasteering
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What is coasteering? Kayaking without a boat, surfing without a board, bungee jumping without a bungee! Essentially, Coasteering is everything your parents told you not to do at the beach as a child, but under the watchful eye of an experienced (if a little bonkers) Guide. Jumping, climbing, swimming and water features.

A great day out while staying at our accommodation.

For more info click link: https://www.celticquestcoasteering.com

Mudtrek - Mountain Biking with a guide
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Mountain Biking: Whether you want to take on the most challenging “off piste” rides in Wales, or simply explore the world renowned local trails www.mudtrek.com have expert guides that can do it all! See their Riding Page for some of the guided routes available. And your guide is exclusive to your group!

Full day guiding £125 (up to 8 guests)
Half day guiding £75 (up to 8 guests)
Full suspension bike hire £40 per bike per day

For more info click link: http://www.mudtrek.com

Carmarthen Town
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Every town is unique, but Carmarthen is especially so, because of its blend of geographical location, long and varied history, culture and role as a county town. The town's location, at the tidal limits and lowest bridging point of the River Tywi, made it the natural route centre for West Wales. Carmarthen is a vibrant market town, and has a modern shopping complex with Vue cinima. Carmarthen is Wales's oldest town with a history extending back over two thousand years. It was an important commercial and agricultural centre the twentieth century has brought many changes, but Carmarthen has retained its character.
10 miles from Ash Tree Lodge  

Dinefwr Castle Llandeilo
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Dinnefwr Castle (sometimes anglicized as Dynevor) is a Welsh castle overlooking the River Tywi near the town of Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire, West Wales. It lies on a ridge on the northern bank of the Tywi, with a steep drop of several hundred feet to the river. This is a great place to explore. You have wide-open space, wooded walks, and the ruins of a fantastic castle to explore. A great afternoon trip with a picnic and welli boots. Only seven miles from LLanfynydd village, Ash Tree Lodge and of course the cosy Stangwrach Cottage. A great place for the kids to run wild and the photography enthusiast.
7 miles from Stangwrach http://www.discovercarmarthenshire.com/castles/index.html

Gwili Steam Railway
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The Gwili Steam Railway, is the only steam standard gauge railway operating in South West Wales. The Gwili Railway is a living reminder of a Great Western Railway branch line set in the breathtaking Carmarthenshire hills. The trip down memory lane starts at Bronwydd Arms Station, and the steam train follows the route, originally taken by the Carmarthen to Aberystwyth line to a delightful halt at Danycoed. Bronwydd Arms is the point where you will find the Gwili Railway. Bronwydd is situated just off the A484 approximately 3 miles from the centre of Carmarthen. Not to be missed if your potty about railways.
12 miles from Stangwrach http://www.gwili-railway.co.uk

Folly Farm
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Set in the heart of the Pembrokeshire countryside, Folly Farm offers four fantastic reasons to visit… a friendly farmyard, spectacular zoo, enormous vintage funfair and an imaginative range of adventure play. Jolly Farm is perhaps Folly Farm's most well-known and popular attraction, where visitors meet our huge variety of friendly farm animals and their babies, including horses, donkeys, sheep, goats, pigs, Shetland ponies, hens, and much more, including many rare breeds! Visitors can even enjoy a close encounter with our baby animals during Folly Farm's long-established and ever popular bottle-feeding show.
34 miles from Ash Tree Lodge http://www.folly-farm.co.uk/

Oakwood Theme Park
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Experience the thrills of our white-knuckle rides for yourself with action shots of Hydro, Megafobia, The Bounce and Vertigo. Check out what we’ve got for the whole family including granny and grandpa! A thrilling day out for the whole family. Some of our rides aren’t suitable for all of our guests, whether disabled or non-disabled, due to maximum and minimum height and size restrictions and certain health restrictions. Be warned by Grace, take a spare set of cloths, pack a picnic and mums, pack some headache tablets as you will be watching with bated breath. Look at website for more info.
36 miles from Ash Tree Lodge http://www.oakwoodthemepark.co.uk/

Cenarth Paintball Games
The session begins with signing an insurance agreement and getting kitted out with all the equipment. If you've played on other sites, you may think our safety rules are excessive in comparison, but we are dedicated to ensuring that all players have a safe day as well as an enjoyable one! You will be divided into two teams, issued with a gun and given the chance to practice on the shooting range! Then it's off to the first game to splat, splat, and splat! At the start of each game you'll be given an objective, which you and your team members will need to plan how you are going to capture. 12+ group discounts available, see website.
32 miles from Ash Tree Lodge http://www.cenarth-paintball.co.uk

Pembrey Country Park
The People visit Pembrey Country Park for many different reasons. Some to enjoy the freedom to wander around 202 hectares of glorious parkland, some to take advantage of one of the best beaches in the UK, others to use the host of excellent family attractions found in the Park. Set against the spectacular backdrop of the Gower Peninsula and overlooking the coastal scenery of Carmarthen Bay, the Park had been transformed into one of Wales’s top visitor attractions. Learn how to ski and board without even setting foot on a snow-covered mountain or take your bikes and enjoy the Millennium Coastal Path/Celtic Trail.
24 miles from Stangwrach http://www.discovercarmarthenshire.com

Fishing, Llanfynydd, Wales
Stangwrach cottage and Ash Tree Lodge are very popular in the fishing season. The Towy (Tywi in Welsh) is only a couple of miles away and is one of Britain's top sea-trout rivers. Towy sewin (as the sea-trout is known in Wales) are famous for their size - five and six-pounders are common. The river's runs of salmon are also among the best in the Principality. As a spate river, the Towy produces excellent daytime sport to anglers spinning or fly-fishing when the river is running off after rain. However, it is for the nighttime sport it offers with sea trout that the Towy is most famous for.
2 miles from Stangwrach http://www.discovercarmarthenshire.com

Wales Coastline, Stack Rocks, pembrokshire
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The welsh coastline, dramatic limestone cliffs and a wealth of wildlife in green unspoilt surroundings. Look out for: St Govan's Chapel, choughs, and spectacular limestone cliffs/coastal scenery. Stack Rocks (Elegug Stacks - elegug is Welsh for guillemot) are two detached pillars of limestone. Also, look for the Green Bridge, a natural arch carved by the waves, and the Cauldron on the promontory to the east. The tops of the Stacks and the ledges below are crammed with guillemots and razorbills, and fulmar and kittiwake nest on the cliffs along with herring and black-backed gulls. Wildlife photographers and walkers haven.
47 miles from Stangwrach  

Knights in Armour, Merlin, Magic & Mystery Festival
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Family entertainment with street entertainers, magicians, traditional fun fair, Mardi Gras-style parade, vivid storytellers, medieval re-enactors, animal displays, local arts & crafts marquee, a Welsh “food hero’s” exhibition, live music as well as the death defying Vander Brothers stuntmen... 
Loads of entertainment based on myths & legends fills the streets during the day with late afternoon and evening activities held in the lovely setting of Carmarthen Park.
Summer dates - location Carmarthen town centre and Park
12 miles from Ash Tree Lodge Photo by Debbie Maidment

Laugharne Castle
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Laugharne is more than just the town where Dylan Thomas lived, much more. It is an ancient town steeped in history sitting on the estuary of the River Taf. What was once a busy port is now popular with writers, artists, tourists, anglers and bird watchers. And overlooking the estuary are the dramatic ruins of a Norman Castle. The famous Dylan Thomas Boathouse was also in laugharne were he spent the last four years of his life during which time many major pieces of work were written - including Under Milk Wood.
14 miles from Stangwrach www.discovercarmarthenshire.com/

Cothi River
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This stunning scenery is just an hour's walk from Ash Tree Lodge and Stangwrach Cottage. Fantastic for fishing but also if you are passionate about photography and wild life. It a place to sit, listen, to paint, to fish, to photograph or just to breath in the vision. The trees sling to the deep gorges, the river silent in some places but deafening in others as it tumbles over rocks worn smooth with times past. The banks are full of snowdrops or bluebells and there are walks along the riverbanks. A guide can be made available to lead you thought and over some very tricky footbridges and paths, you may even be lucky and see an otter.
2 miles from Ash Tree Lodge  

Mountain Biking, Abergorlech, Brechfa Forest
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Brechfa Forest, one of Wales' best kept secrets. With it's dramatic views and deeply cut river valleys offering superb mountain biking. What this trail delivers in views and scenery it certainly backs up with terrain and excitement. Taking design and construction to new levels, the trail is a hard, fast, all weather surface which becomes more and more exciting as your skill level and speed progresses. Soon you’ll be railing the perfectly sculpted berms and huge switchbacks, jumping the step up jumps and tabletops and grinning all the way to the bottom of the exhilarating final descent.
5 miles from Stangwrach www.mudtrek.com

Tenby Beach
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Just an hour from Tenby’s three blue flag beaches you have the best of both worlds, coast and country. Tenby (Welsh: Dinbych-y-Pysgod, "little town of the fishes") is a walled seaside town in Pembrokeshire, West Wales, lying on Carmarthen Bay. Probably originating as a Viking settlement, the town grew as a port around the now-ruined Tenby Castle, and is now a popular seaside holiday resort.
This makes a lovely day out for the family, you have the beach and the beautiful town, well worth a visit.
Photo by kind permission of Pete Rogers (see website below)
37 miles from Ash Tree Lodge www.discovercarmarthenshire.com/beaches/index.html

Saundersfoot Beach
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Saundersfoot is a fishing village located in the heart of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and is one of the most popular seaside resorts in the UK. Located at the foot of a picturesque wooded valley Saundersfoot has everything to offer from sandy beaches, watersports, fishing trips, shops, restaurants, and the coastal path.
It also has one of the best fish and chip restaurants in Wales. Its called the Mermaid and it is located right beside the slipway to the beach, on top of a bucket and spade beach shop, hence the picture. Good friendly staff, weither you take away or eat inside looking out over the beach.
35 miles from Stangwrach www.discovercarmarthenshire.com/beaches/index.html

Golf, Wales
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So, what’s it all about? Quite simply, ‘Golf as it should be’ is what the game is really about – challenge and conviviality, achievement and relaxation, good competition and great fun. It sums up the kind of golf you can find in Wales. See the golf website to find out more about the ingredients of this magic formula.

More info coming soon
10 miles from Ash Tree Lodge www.discovercarmarthenshire.com/active/golf.html

Skomer Island
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Skomer Island lies just off the Pembrokeshire coast, south west Wales. A 50-seater passenger boat transports visitors to the Island from Martin’s Haven (OS Grid Ref: SM 760 091), 12 miles south west of the county town of Haverfordwest.
This is a great day trip, full of wildlife, take your camera and packed lunch. Good walking shoes a must. Back pack and water proofs. An early start to catch the boat but fantastic, you wont want to leave the island, a photographers paradise.
A full day out - fantastic www.pembrokeshire-islands.co.uk/show/english/skomer.aspx

Manor House Wildlife Park
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Manor House Wildlife Park is situated by the unique and beautiful Pembrokeshire coastal resort town of Tenby. Now owned by the one and only Anna Ryder Richardson from the TV series Changing Rooms, Manor House Wildlife Park enables visitors to interact with the animals, including Zebras, Emu's and Wallabies as well as many different types of monkey.
This is a good day out for the whole family, young, old and disabled. This is a particular favourite with our disabled visitors.
A full day out - fantastic http://www.manorhousewildlifepark.co.uk/

Hire Cycing for the day and follow the Millenium cycle path.
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The Cars full to bursting no room to pack your bikes? We have the answer go on the Millenum cycle trails, hire your bikes for the day for the whole family. Rent your bikes at the Pembrey Ski Centre and set out along one of the best traffic-free sections of the Celtic Trail. There are great beaches on offer and this is a superb place for families and anyone who wants to escape the motorcar. It’s a fantastic day ride.

Rent your bikes at the Pembrey Ski Centre
A full day out - fantastic http://www.discovercarmarthenshire.com/activities/cycling.html

The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT)
The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

Set in a 450 acre mosaic of lakes, pool and lagoons created on the scenic Burry Inlet, Llanelli Wetland Centre is home to many hundreds of wild and resident species. Explore the site by bicycle or, in the warmer months, take a jungle explorer-style tour by canoe. Water vole city and our Millennium discovery centre are also unmissable attractions.

WWT National Wetland Centre Wales
Llwynhendy, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire.SA14 9SH T: 01554 741087

A full day out - fantastic http://www.wwt.org.uk

Llandysul Paddlers
Llandysul Paddlers
Llandysul Paddlers can offer Canoeing, White Water Rafting, Kayaking, Rock Climbing, Abseiling, Coasteering, Walking, Mountain Biking, River Swiim and Gorge Walking. Just some of the activities on offer in Llandysul activity centre. They welcome familles, disabled, competitive and recreational paddlers. No age limit and everyone is welcome.
A full day out - fantastic www.llandysul-paddlers.org.uk/home/index.htm

Blue Ocean Activities & Adventure
Llandysul Paddlers
Blue Ocean Activities & Adventure are an Outdoor Activity Company based in South Wales. We have a range of exciting activities to choose from including: Canyoning aka Gorge Walking, Coasteering, White Water Rafting, Surf Kayaking, Bushcraft & Survival, and many more. We also run open events for individuals and small groups. Unlike many other companies we actually own and deliver the activities we offer ensuring consistent high quality and value for money.
Fantastic www.blueocean-adventure.co.uk

Millennium Coastal Park
Llandysul Paddlers
Millennium Coastal Park, Llanelli. Thousands of visitors a year are now making their way to south west Wales to discover the breathtaking Millennium Coastal Park. Everyone who comes to the award-winning park leaves with a lasting memory of its scale and beauty.
In just over 10 years, the 22 kilometres of coastline along the Loughor estuary has been transformed into a unique array of tourist attractions, wildlife habitats and leisure facilities. Take a walk along the coast, hire a bikes or take a walk with the family or feed the swans on the lakes or visit the quait port of Burry.
Great day out. www.discovercarmarthenshire.com/active/cycling.html

Mudtrek - Mountain Biking with a guide - fantastic activity
Llandysul Paddlers
Mountain Biking: Whether you want to take on the most challenging “off piste” rides in Wales, or simply explore the world renowned local trails www.mudtrek.com have expert guides that can do it all! See their Riding Page for some of the guided routes available. And your guide is exclusive to your group!

Full day guiding £125 (up to 8 guests)
Half day guiding £75 (up to 8 guests)
Full suspension bike hire £40 per bike per day
Family / Group Activity! www.mudtrek.com


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