Spectacular views on this 8km walk around the Usk Reservoir, the surface is mostly hard and is suitable for a gentle cycle ride. The trail is undulating and not too challenging. The views from the reservoir take in the Black Mountain and are spectacular for such a low level walk. The nearest refreshments are Trecastle or Llandovery.
The massive stone ramparts of Garn Goch make it one of the most spectacular Iron Age hill forts in Wales, dating from the first millennium BC to the invasion of the Romans.
It dominates the surrounding countryside, and a walk along the ridge taking in both the small and large forts (Y Gaer Fach and Y Gaer Fawr) gives you not only an impressive viewbut also a sense of drama. Who lived here, who died here, were the inhabitants protecting an ancient burial site?
Garn Goch would have been a bustling community – people farming the land and tending cattle. They would have made goods to sell and barter, including pottery, baskets, jewellery, tools and weapons. They would also have been fierce warriors, defending their community against whoever invaded.
Cilycwm – high level walk: The pretty village of Cilycwm is not far from the start of this lovely high level walk which takes in great views back down to Llandovery. Starting just outside the village at grid reference SN 754 406 follow the track up on to the hillside, this turns into a lovely footpath scaling the nose of a pretty hillside, this then brings you out onto the top, cross the slightly boggy terrain until you meet another obvious track, turning left follow this back down passed the farm of Cwm Fran-ganol, dropping down onto a little country lane and then on to a path to cut back across to the footpath which will take you back to the original grid reference. Not too challenging, although the path does become indistinct on the very top – OS Map a must! The pub in Cilycwm is open at lunchtime at weekends and does fantastic food.
About 20 minutes drive from the hotel this is a spectacular walk which is quite challenging. This walk takes in two lakes and brings you along the clifftops of Bannau Sir Gaer. It’s a rugged walk with spectacular views which is excellent to do on a sunny day. You can get a map of the walk here http://www.walkingbritain.co.uk/walks/walks/walk_b/2648/ The Farmyard Cafe at the base of the walk isn’t always open sadly but when they are they do excellent scones and jam!
An ancient woodland, this pretty nature reserve is just a short walk from the hotel. In spring the woods shimmer with bluebells and the local Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales manage it for this incredible spring display as well as the many birds it attracts. There is a short but lovely circular walk around the woods which could be extended into the surrounding countryside.
Only 40 minutes drive from the New White Lion, the stunning Botanic Garden in Wales is 568 acres of Carmarthenshire countryside including a nature reserve as well as a formal garden, with the fantastic Lord Foster’s Great Glasshouse as its centrepiece.
You can easily spend a day walking around, then another day in the orchid house, walled gardens, museum and great glasshouse. There are a number of cafes on site and a shop as well.
A brilliant place to visit whatever the weather and whatever the time of year, there’s always something happening.