Tourists can now walk in the footsteps of a king

South Wales Guardian: TRAIL SPOTTERS: Cwmaman councillor Brian Twomey officially declares the Twrch Trwyth trail open. TRAIL SPOTTERS: Cwmaman councillor Brian Twomey officially declares the Twrch Trwyth trail open.

HOPES that the Amman Valley could become a tourist hotspot got off the ground with the grand opening of Twrch Trwyth.

More than 100 children and up to 30 adults took part in a celebratory stroll along the four-milewalking and cycling trail which travels along the river from Ammanford to Garnant.

Youngsters from Ysgol y Bedol took part in the walk and also performed a play.

The trail is grounded in more than a thousand years of history and celebrates King Arthur’s hunting of the wild boar along the Amman Valley.

The story first appeared in a ninth-century Latin script, but became more famous thanks to Culhwch and Olwen, an 11th century prose romance. The story also forms the basis for the statue of the Ammanford boars at Penybanc Road.

Cwmamantowncouncillor Brian Twomey cut the ribbon to formally open the trail after the council was instrumental in making the project become a reality.

“It was an absolutely wonderful day and could not have gone any better,” said Cllr Twomey.

“The pupils at Ysgol y Bedol gave an absolutely superb performance.”

Council clerkDavidDavies, who helped organise the day, said: “The opening of the trail was amazing.

“It went really, really well.

It was a very successful day and a significant number of people turned up and took part in the walk.”

It is hoped the trail will encourage walkers and ramblers to visit the rarely-trodden paths of the valley, while the council has also beenbusy helping to set up a series of quizzes, competitions and trail events to ensure youngsters can make the most of what’s on offer and discover the area’s past.

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7:27pm Sun 11 Nov 12

kb2012 says...

I am very disapointed at the report on the opening of this path because it makes no mention that part of it is also open as a bridleway to horseriders. The Town Council has worked hard to include the riders in this project and Carmarthenshire Riders Group presented them with a thank you certificate and rosette for their efforts. What a shame even the picture in the paper, had the horses cut out of it. Its not just a walking and cycling path.
I am very disapointed at the report on the opening of this path because it makes no mention that part of it is also open as a bridleway to horseriders. The Town Council has worked hard to include the riders in this project and Carmarthenshire Riders Group presented them with a thank you certificate and rosette for their efforts. What a shame even the picture in the paper, had the horses cut out of it. Its not just a walking and cycling path. kb2012

12:53pm Mon 12 Nov 12

L Martin-thomas says...

I to was very dissappointed , in the lack of publicity of the bridlepath , everyone had made the effort to turn up with their horses , and even some dressed up as knights for the special event , As a horse rider in this area to have this path made accessible to horses as well as walkers and bikes , means I no longer have to ride on the roads , but I have been confronted by walkers saying I shouldnt be riding my horse on this route , so yes a mention of this in the article would have been nice .
I to was very dissappointed , in the lack of publicity of the bridlepath , everyone had made the effort to turn up with their horses , and even some dressed up as knights for the special event , As a horse rider in this area to have this path made accessible to horses as well as walkers and bikes , means I no longer have to ride on the roads , but I have been confronted by walkers saying I shouldnt be riding my horse on this route , so yes a mention of this in the article would have been nice . L Martin-thomas

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