Elaine's Journey - Kidwelly


Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes

Distance: 3.4 miles / 5.5 km

Start: SN 405 068

End: SN 408 070

Parking: Glan-Yr-Afon Car Park Kidwelly, SA17 4UZ

Route Description:

This isn't a circular walk, but the end is near enough to the start. As you come out of the car park, turn left and walk up New Street in Kidwelly (A). Take the first left onto Ferry Road and keep right to walk up Cae Ffynnon. At the end of Cae Ffynnon, continue to walk up the footpath through the fields. You'll get to Pen-Lan-Isaf farm, where there is a spectacular viewpoint (B). Turn right from here to continue on the footpath until you reach Penlan Uchaf Farm. Take a right here to continue on the footpath, and on your left you'll see Penlan Uchaf Standing Stone (C).

Continue to descend on the footpath, and keep to the left when the path splits to two. You'll come out on Water Street. Cross the road and walk down the lane directly in front. As the lane turns right, continue straight onto the footpath, and walk towards the river.

Follow this path with the river on your left, and Kidwelly Castle (Ch) on your right. At the crossroads, turn right to come out on Castle Street. Take another right and you'll be by the entrance to Kidwelly Castle (Ch).

Points of Interest:

  • Grid Reference:

Kidwelly's Coat of Arms and Official Seal shows a Black Cat. Those who believe the Cat to be the true emblem of Kidwelly, will tell you that the black cat was the first creature seen alive after the great plague hit the town.


Grid Reference: SN 403 082

From here there's a spectacular view down to Cefn Sidan beach, over towards the Gower and over to the West of Carmarthenshire. On a clear day you'll be able to see Caldey Island in the distance.

Pen-Lan-Uchaf Standing Stone

Grid Reference: SN 412 083

The standing stone is thought to be of religious or ceremonial significance and to date to the Bronze Age.

CH) Kidwelly Castle

Grid Reference: SN 408 070

Kidwelly began in the early 12th century as a Norman 'ringwork' castle made of wood. The Castle was used as a location for the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

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