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Llandovery to Llandeilo

Garn Goch

Garn Goch Fawr

There are two roads between Llandovery and Llandeilo. The direct A40 that leaves Llandovery over a modern bridge. This replaced  what George Borrow described as "a noble suspension bridge" in his Wild Wales: Its People, Language and Scenery (Published 1862). The other follows the South Eastern side of the river to Llangadog and then passes through the village of Bethlehem past the hill fort of Garn Goch. There are two hill forts at Garn Goch, Y Gaer Fach and Y Gaer Fawr (the small fort and the large fort), in all covering some 28 acres above the village of Bethlehem. At 700 feet above sea level the fortifications follow the contours of a ridge and are unusual in Wales for the stone construction, now a collection of loose fallen stones, but still quite clearly forming the ramparts. The forts date from the Bronze Age, before the arrival of the Celts, but there is evidence of their occupation at the time of the Roman invasion in the 1st century A.D. The forts themselves are worth a visit, but the views over the Towy valley are magnificent.

Towy Valley from Garn Goch

Memorial to Gwynfor Evans first Plaid Cymru M.P. at Garn Goch

Bethlehem Village and in the distance the Old Creamery at Llangadog

The scattered village of Bethlehem is named after the chapel in the village. The old school has now been converted into a village hall and also serves as a post office. At Christmas, letters and cards carry the hand stamped Bethlehem postmark

The River Towy meanders through the valley below Garn Goch and here an ox-bow lake is in process of formation

Llangadog

The Church of St Cadog

The main street of Llangadog from the church

Llangadog Bridge

Llangadog is a village midway between Llandovery and Llandeilo. The name means Church of St Cadog, an early Celtic Saint after whom a number of churches are named. It is believed he was of royal blood and that he died in Brittany. The village has a number of inns and small shops. Its skyline is dominated by the old creamery. Just outside the village there are the remains of a motte and bailey castle with the motte clearly visible though topped by trees and there is a modern house in the bailey.

The Motte and Bailey Castle at Llangadog known as Castle Meurig

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