Exploration Tywi! – introduction to the project

The Tywi valley in Carmarthenshire, west Wales, is cherished as an important historic landscape, renowned for its scenic qualities that have been shaped by ice, water and man. It boasts a wealth of treasures including forts and castles, parkland and gardens, charismatic towns and villages.

The 'Tywi a River Through Time' project focused on the area between Llangadog and Dryslwyn. It aimed to strengthen the community’s links with the landscape by gaining a better understanding and developing the skills needed to look after their landscape. More about the project can be found at

One theme of this project is Exploration Tywi! an investigation by the community into the origins and history of the valley. A programme of activities, led by the Dyfed Archaeological Trust, took schools, local interest groups and members of the public on a journey of archaeological and geological discovery.




Exploration Tywi! would not have been possible without the support and enthusiasm of many people. We are grateful to everyone who provided access to their land to allow the investigations and surveys to be carried out. Many organisations supported the project in various ways including Environment Agency Wales, the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority and Fforest Fawr Geopark who played a large part in the events held at Carn Goch. Many individuals and organisations contributed their time and expertise, yet without the dedication and enthusiasm of the volunteers who took part and worked so hard Exploration Tywi! would not have achieved so much. Long may their explorations continue!


Exploration Tywi! forms part of the 'Tywi Afon yr Oesoedd' project. This project has received funding through the National Heritage Lottery Fund; and The Rural Development Plan for Wales 2007- 2013 which is funded by the Welsh Assembly Government and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development. The project is a partnership between Carmarthenshire County Council, The National Trust, Countryside Council for Wales and Menter Bro Dinefwr.