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Amman Valley & the Black Mountain

Black Mountains will take your breath away

Black Mountain View

Black Mountain countryside

The vast boulders strewn in the River Amman buffeting and white frothing the tumbling waters from their Brecon Beacons source are a legacy of the quarrying and mining that has gone before in the Amman Valley. The towering and majestic hills all around so popular with walkers have long given up their industrial mineral extractions and much of the landscape has reverted in looks and feeling to the time of Arthurian legend.

Legend has it that King Arthur and his knights hunted wild boar on the slopes of the Amman Valley that is why the Wild Boar is featured on historical trail boards and great metal sculptures about Ammanford. It is little surprise that out of this fabulous landscape was fashioned the acting skills of world famous thespian John Rhys-Davies who is best known to film audiences for his roles in the Indiana Jones films and Lord of the Rings.

Black Mountain View

Hikers paradise

When you look or take to the hills you can imagine the films being shot there. The Black Mountains that are part of this dramatic landscaped are regularly sought out by film makers and especially impact car series like Top Gear because of the sweeping ribbons of road on the A4069 that can test the skill of driving ability and road holding capability of untested new cars. Many of the top new cars launch advertising is shot in the hills. But it is not only machines this landscape and environment tests.

Many sporting stars have been nurtured in the Amman Valley and the former world rugby player of the year Shane Williams former Ospreys, Wales and British Lions fame still lives there. Whether biking through the Beacons hang gliding with the Red Kites or on a gentle stroll or energetic hiking amid scattering rabbits, the views and experience of the Black Mountains and Amman Valley will take your breath away.

Keeping a welcome in the hillside

Ammanford

Ammanford Town

One of the principal towns of Carmarthenshire, Ammanford, was the heartland of mining in west Wales. With sensitive and considerable regeneration, substantial pedestrianisation, new transport links - including a bus station and spacious and plentiful car parking, it is growing in popularity and is renowned for its traditional Welsh welcoming and friendly people.

Friendly leisure opportunities

The friendly Amman Valley Leisure Centre is a great a stop off point for a swim or as a meeting place to join friends for a range of activities organised by qualified staff. There is free on site car parking at this middle of town venue that attracts more than 200,000 visitors a year.

Now you see it...now you don’t

Carmel Nature Reserve

Carmel Nature Reserve

There is nowhere else in the UK you will see a lake like the one in Carmel...and then again, you might not. Carmel Woods Nature Reserve is built round a great quarry near Llandybie and it boasts a turlough (seasonal lake). That is an oval shaped spread of water hundreds of yards long that is resplendent in Autumn and Winter and into the Spring but yet disappears in Summer. However making up for the disappointment if it has vanished when you visit is the experience of magnificent woodland and vast carpets of wild garlic which you will scent before you stumble upon them.

Get hooked on Bryncoch

Bryncoch Fishing Farm

Bryncoch Fishing Farm

Said to be Britain’s biggest pastime fishing can be no better than the experience at Bryncoch Fishing Farm because of its dramatic surroundings. Set against a backcloth of the Black Mountains within Brecon Beacons National Park at Llandyfan, Ammanford, the lake has been sensitively stocked with a range of fresh water fish including common and mirror carp, tench, roach and rudd over many years. Visiting day tickets are available and because of its popularity it is advisable to make sure you secure a landing stage by booking in advance.