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Friday, 15 January 2016

Days Out: Llys y Fran, Country Park and Reservoir Pembrokeshire

Pembrokeshire Family Days Out Llys Y Fran Dam

Last weekend, we spent a few hours at Llys y Fran Country Park and Reservoir (The Dam).  Over the winter season the cafe and activities are closed but the park is still open for visitors to enjoy.

Pembrokeshire Family Days Out Llys Y Fran Dam

There is a large car park and parking costs only £2.  Usually the gates are open within opening hours so you can park inside the park.  On this visit the gates were closed, but we enjoyed the walk down to the dam.

Pembrokeshire Family Days Out Llys Y Fran Dam

Danny decided to bring his skateboard from the car and skate down.  The Dam is a good place to bring bikes and scooters.  You can also hire mountain bikes between March and October.

Pembrokeshire Family Days Out Llys Y Fran Dam

There are plenty of places to stop and admire the scenic view.

Pembrokeshire Family Days Out Llys Y Fran Dam

The family trail brings you from the visitor centre down to the Dam.  This family walk is only 1.5 miles and the longer walk or Mountain Bike Trail is 6.5 miles.  Due to the weather and muddy tracks we took the short route but the long route is enjoyable during the warmer and dryer times of the year.

Pembrokeshire Family Days Out Llys Y Fran Dam

All along the trail you catch glimpses of the Dam.  Unlike during our last summer visit, there was a lot of water going over.  It was quite loud too.

Pembrokeshire Family Days Out Llys Y Fran Dam

Pembrokeshire Family Days Out Llys Y Fran Dam

It was nice being able to have free run of the road part of the trail knowing there were no cars in the park.

Pembrokeshire Family Days Out Llys Y Fran Dam

Pembrokeshire Family Days Out Llys Y Fran Dam

Pembrokeshire Family Days Out Llys Y Fran Dam

Pembrokeshire Family Days Out Llys Y Fran Dam

Pembrokeshire Family Days Out Llys Y Fran Dam

There are steps down or you can keep following the road around.

Pembrokeshire Family Days Out Llys Y Fran Dam

Then you're on the same level as the dam.  The froth made the water look white and Izzy asked if it was milk at one point!

Pembrokeshire Family Days Out Llys Y Fran Dam

Pembrokeshire Family Days Out Llys Y Fran Dam

Pembrokeshire Family Days Out Llys Y Fran Dam

Pembrokeshire Family Days Out Llys Y Fran Dam

This reservoir is managed by Welsh Water for everyone to enjoy.  The dam was constructed between 1968-1972, so it is slightly older than Dave!  It is believed that there used to be an old Timber Castle but the remains were destroyed when the dam was built. 

Pembrokeshire Family Days Out Llys Y Fran Dam

Pembrokeshire Family Days Out Llys Y Fran Dam


Danny stood watching the falling water for ages, he was quite mesmerised.


Pembrokeshire Family Days Out Llys Y Fran Dam

Pembrokeshire Family Days Out Llys Y Fran Dam

The Dam is 100 feet high and is fed by the River Syfynwy.  People often abseil the dry side of the dam.

Pembrokeshire Family Days Out Llys Y Fran Dam

Pembrokeshire Family Days Out Llys Y Fran Dam

Pembrokeshire Family Days Out Llys Y Fran Dam

Pembrokeshire Family Days Out Llys Y Fran Dam

We then walked on and came to the Children's Memorial Garden.

Pembrokeshire Family Days Out Llys Y Fran Dam

Pembrokeshire Family Days Out Llys Y Fran Dam

Pembrokeshire Family Days Out Llys Y Fran Dam

Pembrokeshire Family Days Out Llys Y Fran Dam

Danny had to investigate the upturned tree.

Pembrokeshire Family Days Out Llys Y Fran Dam

Pembrokeshire Family Days Out Llys Y Fran Dam

We stopped by the stones in the memorial garden and took some snaps for our January Sibling's Project. 

Pembrokeshire Family Days Out Llys Y Fran Dam

Pembrokeshire Family Days Out Llys Y Fran Dam

Pembrokeshire Family Days Out Llys Y Fran Dam

Pembrokeshire Family Days Out Llys Y Fran Dam


Pembrokeshire Family Days Out Llys Y Fran Dam

Caitlyn asked could we go in the field as she couldn't see the bull!

Pembrokeshire Family Days Out Llys Y Fran Dam

It was strange to see the field empty as in the summer months the cows come to the gate to stare at us visitors.

Pembrokeshire Family Days Out Llys Y Fran Dam

Pembrokeshire Family Days Out Llys Y Fran Dam

Some families had decorated their children's memorial trees for  Christmas which was poignant to see.  It's always very thought provoking seeing the teddies and toys left there for them.  

Pembrokeshire Family Days Out Llys Y Fran Dam

Pembrokeshire Family Days Out Llys Y Fran Dam

From here, you can walk onwards and upwards, but we were all cold and wet so  decided to turn back at this point. 

Pembrokeshire Family Days Out Llys Y Fran Dam

Pembrokeshire Family Days Out Llys Y Fran Dam

 There is a monument in honour of the  teacher and composer William Penfro Rowlands (1860-1937) who was born in Llys y Fran.

Pembrokeshire Family Days Out Llys Y Fran Dam

Pembrokeshire Family Days Out Llys Y Fran Dam

Pembrokeshire Family Days Out Llys Y Fran Dam

Pembrokeshire Family Days Out Llys Y Fran Dam

Pembrokeshire Family Days Out Llys Y Fran Dam

We attempted to take more sibling photos in front of the dam but not everyone was as enthusiastic! 

Pembrokeshire Family Days Out Llys Y Fran Dam

Pembrokeshire Family Days Out Llys Y Fran Dam

Pembrokeshire Family Days Out Llys Y Fran Dam

We walked past the dam and back up the hill. 

Pembrokeshire Family Days Out Llys Y Fran Dam

Pembrokeshire Family Days Out Llys Y Fran Dam

Pembrokeshire Family Days Out Llys Y Fran Dam

We looked at the reflections in puddles. 

Pembrokeshire Family Days Out Llys Y Fran Dam


Pembrokeshire Family Days Out Llys Y Fran Dam

Pembrokeshire Family Days Out Llys Y Fran Dam

Pembrokeshire Family Days Out Llys Y Fran Dam


Pembrokeshire Family Days Out Llys Y Fran Dam

There is a park by the visitor centre.  There is also a larger adventure playground by the car park. 

Pembrokeshire Family Days Out Llys Y Fran Dam

Pembrokeshire Family Days Out Llys Y Fran Dam

Pembrokeshire Family Days Out Llys Y Fran Dam

Pembrokeshire Family Days Out Llys Y Fran Dam

Pembrokeshire Family Days Out Llys Y Fran Dam

The toilets are still open in winter hours.  This is a relief- especially when surrounded by the sound of running water! 

Pembrokeshire Family Days Out Llys Y Fran Dam

Pembrokeshire Family Days Out Llys Y Fran Dam

Pembrokeshire Family Days Out Llys Y Fran Dam

It was a lovely afternoon, although we were all grateful to get back in the warm and dry again.  It's even colder now with many of us having snow and more at the weekend.  I wonder if we'll get any here in Pembrokeshire.

In addition to walking and cycling, there are also fishing, boating and water activities available throughout the year.  Check the website for details before visiting.



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