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Llandovery & the Brecon Beacons

Updated: Apr 21, 2022

In the northeast of the county is the market town of Llandovery. It lies close to the Brecon Beacons National Park and is a gateway to the astounding beauty of the Cambrian Mountains. It sits on the banks of the River Tywi, where the A40 meets the A483. With a population of around 2,700, it’s small in size but big on appeal, and is one the Carmarthenshire country towns attracting increasing numbers of visitors.

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History and hostelry

Following all those outdoor exertions, refreshment is needed, and Rhodri tells us that, Llandovery once had more inns per head than anywhere else. This plethora of pubs results from the towns heritage as a drovers town. It’s thought that there were over 100 in the town during the 1700s. Many remain to this day, and because this is farming country you can now enjoy locally sourced fayre along with the craft ales.

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