This is Paxton's Tower, a Neo-Gothic Folly which stands high above the Towy Valley and has fabulous views in every direction. It was built around 1805 by Sir Thomas Paxton, who lived at nearby Middleton Hall (burned down long ago in 1931) in memory of his friend Nelson. There were originally commemorations in English, Welsh and Latin but these are long gone.
Looking behind us from the Tower, you can see the wonderful dome of the Great Glass House, which is where we do our big two-day Antiques Fairs. It is the largest single-span glasshouse in the world. The yellow house to the right of it is Principality House, which housed the servants.
I can't call this a walk as such, as Tam and I just walked across one field from the car park, but the views are spectacular in every direction. Here this (which is also the header photo) is the view towards Dinefwr Castle near Llandeilo.
The next castle in the chain of command - Dryslwyn on its hilltop above the river Towy. Carmarthen was the end of the line to the East and Carreg Cennan 4th in line to the West. We are so glad they have re-opened the car park so that we can climb up there again. Covid restrictions were very . . . restricting.
Looking towards Black Mountain in the East.
The undulating Towy controls the lines of the fields and sometimes cuts across its loops when it is getting lazy and makes ox-bow lakes and new meanders. Finally I understand what I was taught in Geography at school!!
Panning Westwards from the steep slopes of Dryslwyn Castle and looking towards our valley in the distance. (Above and below).
The houses middle left are Nantgaredig's Station Road.
We are no longer on a 5 mile Lockdown here in Wales and are planning various walks and outings - where there aren't likely to be many other people as we are still Shielding. The list of Friends of Friendless Churches we want to visit will probably have to stay on hold as I am sure they won't be open but plenty of other places to go to - including the beach . . . but not on a hot sunny day!