Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Llandovery - Gateway to the Fforest Fawr Geopark

Twizy off the beaten track
Twizy going somewhere silly
Back in 2001 Unesco engaged in the development of a worldwide network of Geoparks and the Fforest Fawr Geopark is affiliated to that network.  So where is it?  Well, all the hills to the south of Llandovery are part of it and this video clip explains it beautifully.  The area is ideal for walking and exploring our history, seeing how the rocks formed our lives and link closely to the industry of the South Wales valleys.  The Level Crossing makes an ideal base for walking trips exploring the hills and valleys either on foot or mountain bike.

Mountain Bikers in the Fforest Fawr Geopark
Mountain Bikers in the Fforest Fawr Geopark
If you are planning a trip to the Geopark and you want to talk to us so you can get the most out of your stay please email us  at  or phone on 01550 721155 and you can always follow us on Twitter and Facebook

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Twizy - Eco-friendly Tourism

Twizy from Eco Travel Network
Eco Travel Network have kindly offered us the opportunity to 'stable' one of their wonderful Twizy cars for the month of August
According to  Autocar “The Twizy needs no government incentive to earn a place among Britain’s most affordable EVs. Part-car, part-scooter, and entirely zero emissions, it’s exactly the kind of machine that, future gazers claim, will populate our burgeoning cities in years to come”. 


I feel that all these lovely bits of kit already have personalities said Sally,  the manager at The Level Crossing.  We are looking forward to their arrival just as much as if they were paying guests.  We will refuel and water them and will give them all the TLC they deserve...

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Powerpedaling your way round Llandovery

Rachel and Kimberly from Powerpedals
A slight change of pace this week and to let you know that in August we have arranged with Powerpedals of South Molton in Devon to let our customers experience a new range of quality power assisted cycles.  Powerpedals is a family run company with a philosophy that every customer is important to them,  wishing to treat them as they would wish to be treated themselves.  The Level Crossing will drink to that.  Rachel and Kimberly opposite, work for the company that make the machines and kindly offered to demonstrate them for us. 

Rachel was telling me that (if you will excuse the expression ) it all revolves around a patented crank drive system that produces over double the force that a normal assisted drive would produce. This gives Tonaro electric bicycles a big advantage when climbing hills, making it perfect for the local terrain.  These are quality bits of kit and we expect that there will be lots of takers so we advise guests to book on 01550 721155  or you can email us  

If you think someone you know may be interested please tweet @TLC_Bunkhouse

Monday, 15 July 2013

Llyn Brianne Dam and Reservoir

Llyn Brianne DamThe wonderful weather continues for a second week.  What a golden opportunity to explore the upper part of this exquisite valley.  Almost at the top of the hill you come across a viewing area where you can get off your bike or get out of your car and take a look at the Llyn Brianne Dam which is now, after 40 years, 'settling' into the surrounding hills.  You can see the spillway on the right which is dry today but in winter it affords a brilliant spectacle.  People have been known to kayak down the spillway even though it is illegal.   You can see the chrysanthemum spray at the bottom which aerates the water before it enters the Tywi river and it winds its way back to Llandovery and The Level Crossing

Just over the top from here is the dam proper.  An expanse of water that reflects the sky and in spring the banks are covered in bluebells.  This is a wilderness where you can quite literally lose yourself if you go off the road.   I will leave it to you to explore and discover its beauty for yourself. 

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Confluence of the Afon Pysgotwr and the Tywi 
 Moving on up the valley we come across places where there is such magic and peace even in this busy world.  Places that seem almost sacred in their untouched state.  I bet people have dangled their feet in these water on days such as these for generations. 
Who stood here last?
 Even the woodlands have a magic about them.  Stark rock faces with just the feintest covering of moss and lichen.  Ivy tangling its untidy way towards the light.  This is of course a haven for bird watchers although I am happier with looking at plants ... they stay still for longer.  You can often see red kites wheeling overhead on the lookout for a tasty meal.  And who is this little fellow?

Someone who came to sing a song for me

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Ancient oak forest and ancient hideouts

Moving on up the valley we come across ancient oak forest that must have been the same in ancient times.  There are few places that you can go these days where there is no sign of human intervention but this is one of them, just nature and you, take time to savour it.  This area was of course the haunt of Twm SiônCati and I like to believe remains much the same as it was all those years ago.  For a slightly different take on the Robin Hood of the area you might look at this version of Twm Siôn Cati's life

Ancient Oak Forest  - a wonderful place for hide and seek

Twm Siôn Cati and all that

View from the Dolauhirion Bridge
Revisiting the area last week, only  a matter of minutes from Lllandovery I was reminded how staggeringly beautiful the upper Towy valley is.  As you travel North towards the village of Rhandirmwyn  you come across the Dolauhirion bridge which doesnt look much as you drive across it,  but if you get out of the car and look at it from below ... wow,  its magnificent.  It was built in 1773 by William Edwards, builder of other single arch stone bridges in Wales and noteably the one at Pontypridd

View of the Dolauhirion bridge from the river bed