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During"Owain Glyndwr’s War of Liberation (1400-1416) Henry IV of England led a huge army through Llandovery in search of Glyndwr. Llywelyn ap Gruffydd Fychan of Caeo, a supporter of Glyndwr was publicly hung, drawn and quartered before the King because he refused to betray the Prince and the cause of Welsh freedom. His sacrifice is commemorated by this monument.

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LLEWELLYN AP GRUFFYDD FYCHAN

The monument to Llywelyn ap Gruffydd Fychan at Llandovery

Llywelyn ap Gruffydd Fychan of Caeo (c. 1341 – 1401) was a wealthy Carmarthenshire landowner who was executed in Llandovery by Henry IV of England in punishment for his support of Owain Glyndwr's Welsh rebellion.

Until recently Llewelyn was little known even in his home area, but has become celebrated as a "Welsh Braveheart" after a campaign to construct a monument to him in Llandovery

 

RSPB Gwenffrwd-Dinas, Llandovery,Carmarthenshire,Wales 02-05-2017

This is Llyn Brianne Reservoir earlier today. The Reservoir is located 10 miles to the North West of Llandovery in Mid Wales and is a beautiful location for walkers.

A late afternoon landscape photograph taken near the Usk Reservoir in the Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales.

A late afternoon landscape photograph taken near the Usk Reservoir in the Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales.

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The River Towy or Tywi (Welsh: Afon Tywi) is one of the two longest rivers flowing entirely within Wales, (the other is the River Teifi) with a total length of 121 km (75 mi). . It is noted for its sea trout and salmon fishing.

 

The river rises within 15 km (9.3 mi) of the Teifi on the lower slopes of Crug Gynan in the Cambrian Mountains and, flowing through the steep, rugged hills of the Towy Forest, forms the border between Ceredigion and Powys. The river flows generally south-westwards through Carmarthenshire passing through the towns of Llandovery and Llandeilo. In Carmarthen it is joined by a substantial tributary, the Afon Gwili, at Abergwili. Finally the Towy flows into Carmarthen Bay east of the Pendine Sands in an estuary which it shares with the River Taf and the two branches of the River Gwendraeth. The mouth of the Towy estuary is guarded by Llansteffan Castle, a 12th-century Norman castle.

 

The Towy's numerous tributaries include the Cothi, Gwili, Brân, and Doethie.

Stretching from Carmarthen to Llandovery, the Tywi Valley is wonderfully lush and gentle landscape. Hills undulate gracefully, the River Twyi winds slowly along its course; castles and ruins cut the skyline.

 

Explore Nov 7th 08

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Llandovery and Elan December 2017

This is looking out from llandovery (Wales) Ancient ruins,, looking out in to the town,, i've completely gone wild on this and personal opinion im not to sure on,, but i'll leave it down to you to enjoy or not!!

Llewelyn ap Gruffydd Statue outside Llandovery Castle, Wales,

   

Llandovery and Elan December 2017

. . . since we went on a flickrmeet arranged by WFC (WelshFlickrCyru) member Mike Turtle. Mike arranged a waterfall shoot prior to inviting us to his farmland home near Llandovery. It was a great day enjoyed by all who attended!

 

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RSPB Gwenffrwd-Dinas, Llandovery,Carmarthenshire,Wales 09-05-2017

 

Monument to Llywelyn ap Gruffydd Fychan. Llewelyn was hung, drawn and quartered before the King because of his support for and refusal to betray Owain Glyndwr.

 

Llandovery and Elan December 2017

Taken in early February 2015, near the Usk Reservoir, Trecastle, Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales, UK

Llandovery and Elan December 2017

Llandovery is delightful small town with a rich history in Carmarthenshire, Wales. The name Llandovery means 'church amongst the waters' owing to its position in a valley where four rivers coincide. This traditional rural Welsh market town was on the drovers route when animals were once walked long distances to market.

Llandovery and Elan December 2017

Thanks Ben for giving us a lift back down a rugged road after we walked up through the Quarry :-)

 

6 people / 1 car

 

View On Black

We were offered a lift back down if we would be ready in 15 minutes :-)

 

We all made it in time :-)

Llandovery and Elan December 2017

This picture was taken from Salmon Point Scar on the north of the Gwendraeth Estuary which has a rocky beach.

 

There are notable species of birds that can usualy be seen at this location.

 

Great Cormorant breeds on nearby St Margaret's Island and gathers in large numbers in the estuary and Grey Heron is another locally breeding bird that is always present. Other species seen throughout the year include Common Shelduck, Common Eider and Common Scoter, and Oystercatcher and Ringed Plover which breeds in small numbers. Common Buzzard is a frequent hunter over woods and grasslands.

 

Ornithologically the area is of most interest in winter and during passage periods. In midwinter various divers and grebes can be seen as well as waterfowl including Eurasian Wigeon, Common Teal, Northern Pintail, Common Goldeneye and Red-breasted Merganser.

 

Waders include large numbers of Red Knot, Sanderling and Dunlin as well as godwits, Greenshank and Eurasian Curlew.

 

Twite and Snow Bunting are sometimes present in winter.

 

During passage periods a wide range of waders can be seen in the estuary, particularly in late summer-autumn when the greatest variety occurs. Wildfowl numbers begin to build up in late September-October.

 

The resident Common Buzzard are sometimes joined by Merlin, Peregrine Falcon and Hen Harrier, Short-eared Owl and Great Grey Shrike in winter and Northern Goshawk is possible in Pembrey Forest.

 

Rarities recorded in this area have included Surf Scoter, Common Crane and Eurasian Spoonbill, Cream-coloured Courser and waders such as Long-billed Dowitcher, Grey Phalarope and Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Baird's Sandpiper and White-rumped Sandpiper.

 

Sabine's Gull, White-winged Black Tern and Little Auk have also been recorded.

 

The slither of water in the distance is the Towy Estuary. With a total length of 121 km (75 mi) the River Towy is the longest river flowing entirely within Wales, and is noted for its sea trout and salmon fishing.

 

The river rises within 15 km (9.3 mi) of the Teifi on the lower slopes of Crug Gynan in the Cambrian Mountains and, flowing through the Towy Forest, forms the border between Ceredigion and Powys. The river flows south-westwards through Carmarthenshire passing through the towns of Llandovery and Llandeilo. In Carmarthen it is joined by a substantial tributary, the Afon Gwili, at Abergwili. Finally the Towy flows into Carmarthen Bay east of the Pendine Sands in an estuary which it shares with the River Tâf and the two branches of the River Gwendraeth. The mouth of the Towy estuary is guarded by Llansteffan Castle (out of view to the right), a 12th-century Norman castle.

 

The Towy's numerous tributaries include the Rivers Cothi, Gwili, Brân, and Doethie.

 

The headland across the estuary is Wharley Point with the hill behind reaching to a height of 109 metres.

 

Carmarthen Bay is an inlet of the south Wales coast. The coastline includes famous beaches, including the Pendine Sands and Cefn Sidan sands, and is partially covered by the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.

 

The River Loughor flows into the bay at the Loughor Estuary and the rivers Tywi, Taff and Gwendraeth flow into the bay at the Three Rivers Estuary, while Caldey Island lies in the bay near Tenby.

 

Towns and villages located on the bay include (east to west) Pembrey, Kidwelly, Ferryside, Llansteffan, Laugharne, Pendine, Amroth, Wiseman's Bridge, Saundersfoot and Tenby.

 

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carmarthen_Bay

Llandovery Castle is a castle ruin in the town of Llandovery in Carmarthenshire, Wales. It occupies a hilltop overlooking the River Towy and the land surrounding it.

 

The Normans began construction of the castle in 1116, and shortly thereafter stopped. It was attacked and partially destroyed by Welsh forces under Gruffydd ap Rhys. The castle remained in Norman hands until 1158, when Rhys ap Gruffydd, youngest son of Gruffydd ap Rhys, seized the castle from its owner. The castle changed hands over the next several years, finally falling to the English under Edward I in 1277. It was briefly retaken by Welsh forces under Llywelyn ap Gruffudd in 1282. It was attacked during the Owain Glyndŵr rebellion in 1403 and left a partial ruin. The castle fell into decline beginning in the 14th century and was never rebuilt.

RSPB Gwenffrwd-Dinas, Llandovery,Carmarthenshire,Wales 02-05-2017

12:44 Swansea Victoria to Llandovery train, note the sand blown off the beach onto the station and tracks which was common along this strech of line.

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