Walkers from as far afield as Aberdeen and London joined a series of walks celebrate the fifth anniversary of the launch of the Heart of Wales Line Trail.

The walks took place between July 4 and 7 to celebrate half a decade of the trail.

The trail is an end-to-end walking route between Craven Arms and Llanelli which weaves along the Heart of Wales Railway line, passing through, or near to each of its stations.

Since its launch, a growing number of walkers have used the trail, either as a long-distance, multi-day challenge, or for shorter walks, often in combination with a journey on the line.

Day three of the four ‘day walks’ saw the walkers welcome the mayor of Llandovery, Handel Davies, who joined the walk from Cynghordy to Llandovery.

Cllr Davies said: “I was delighted to be able to support the Heart of Wales Line Trail and to see the beauty of the route and surrounding landscape by joining their anniversary walk from Cynghordy, where I was born and raised, to Llandovery where I live.

“I know that the whole length of the route offers further opportunities for wonderful walking, through a variety of beautiful landscapes and my wife and I hope to enjoy many more in the future, both locally and further afield.”


The Heart of Wales Community Rail Partnership is an accredited Community Rail Partnership, working with the rail industry, Welsh Government and local stakeholders in order to:

  • Provide a voice for communities and stakeholders
  • Promote and develop the line as a means of sustainable, healthy and accessible travel
  • Deliver projects and form partnerships in order to improve the social and economic growth of the communities along the line
  • Work for the benefit of all communities, and support diversity and inclusion

A spokesperson from the the Heart of Wales Line Community Rail Partnership said: “Community rail partnerships are the backbone of the community rail movement, bringing together local groups and partners along railway lines to work with industry, and delivering a range of community engagement and promotional activities.

“They promote understanding of the importance of local railways, in terms of improving mobility and sustainable travel, community cohesion and wellbeing, and social and economic development.”