SOLD: Coed Llyn Tawel £65,000 Freehold


An unusual chance to own a reservoir, now decommissioned, which used to supply the water for Carmarthen. Surrounded by woodland, the lake is not filled to capacity but still holds water. The sluice mechanism is still in place at its eastern end, and it may be possible to increase its level to create a good-sized lake in beautiful surroundings.

A stretch of broadleaf wooded hillside runs the length of the long, northern side of the land. Midway up the slope a track runs the full length of the land, joining to the shared access track at the western end and opening out at the eastern end into a large, levelled area set above the lake – an area with lovely views out which presents fantastic potential for camping, or bushcraft or a cook out spot for all the fish out of the lake…

Alongside the entrance is an old metal truck cab, a good size and in a fairly good state, although its water tightness couldn’t be guaranteed! With repairs, it could be put to any number of good uses as storage or shelter or maybe a smoke house!

The purchasers of the woodland will be asked to enter into a covenant to ensure the quiet and peaceful enjoyment of adjoining woodlands and meadows.


Graced with some lovely mature oak growing on the slope, but also benefitting from some variety of species here including lots of young alder at the lower level around the lake, some rowan, birch and hazel resulting in a nice mixed woodland.

Male fern amongst other varied species, vaccinium or bilberry and wildflowers including herb robert, campion and yellow pimpernel are found at forest floor, to name just a few and also damp loving plants surrounding the lake such as golden saxifrage.


The quantity of birdlife here with accompanying song is fabulous, and woodpecker can be heard drilling for grubs. The wood warbler's distinctive call has been heard, and the song thrush - and there have been sightings of chiffchaff, blackbird, robin and wren.

The lake, although only partially filled at present, would be the ultimate magnet for wildlife and birdlife of a great number of species, including attracting water loving birds such as the heron.


Exciting opportunity to develop the lake here and really have a feature in your woodland!

Access, tracks and footpaths

There are no public footpaths through Coed Llyn Tawel itself, but there is access to a public footpath which runs along the Afon Nant Cwm-Tawel through neighbouring woodland.


Fishing, camping, boating, maybe a smokehouse in the old truck cab set in the camping area - opportunities are endless!

Local area and history

The lake in the valley bottom used to provide water for Carmarthen but has been decommissioned as a reservoir for several years now. Throughout Cwm Tawel small brick structures can be seen, chambers for accessing the network of channels built to carry spring water to the reservoir when it was supplying Carmarthen with water, under the management of the Carmarthen Corporation Water Works in the late 19th C.

Nearby is the Dan-y-Coed Halt, the end of the line of the 4 mile stretch of the Gwili Railway, one of the last few stretches of functioning steam railway in the U.K. The 8 mile round trip takes you through four stations along the picturesque railway line which runs along the Afon Gwili through steeply wooded hillsides.

Wood maps

This wood is now sold, please do not visit the wood without the permission of the owner.

Find this wood

This wood is now sold, please do not visit the wood without the permission of the owner.


  • OS Landranger: OS No. 145
  • Grid ref: SN 384 257
  • Nearest post code: SA33 6TP
  • GPS coordinates: 51.906, -4.35

Location map


From Carmarthen take the A484 north for approximately 5 miles towards Cynwyl Elfed.

After passing Carmarthen Demolition yard (known locally as Barretts) with railway sleepers on the left, look out for a white house on the left (formerly the Rock and Fountain Inn) and a small waney-edge timber clad shed just beyond it, with a Woodlands for Sale sign on it, and the entrance gate is immediately between the two, on the left.

Turn in carefully and enter the code into the gate lock and wait for the gate to open automatically. It will also close again automatically. (Please contact local manager before your visit for the code).

After a short distance you will come to a locked gate. Please park here, without blocking the track or the adjacent driveway, and continue on foot.

Follow the track straight ahead and up the hill. After a shortish distance you will see a gate on the left hand side with a Woodlands for Sale sign on. Climb over the gate and continue straight ahead in a northerly direction, across the yard. On the other side of the yard ahead of you, you will see a ramped track climbing up to the right, which brings you up to the entrance to Coed Llyn Tawel, marked with a ride stop, a wooden name board and a Woodlands for Sale sign. You will see the blue metal container at the entrance to the wood. Alternatively, instead of climbing the gate, you can carry on along the main track, through an unlocked gate, and come into Coed Llyn Tawel from the far end.

How we support our buyers

Membership of the small woodland owners’ group

£300 for a woodland course of your choice

One year's free membership of the royal forestry society

Please note this wood is owned by woodlands.co.uk.

Our regional managers are often out working in our woodlands, so if you email an offer and want to be sure it has been received, please phone our manager on their mobile phone. The first offer at the stated price which is accepted, whether by phone or email, has priority.

Please take care when viewing as the great outdoors can contain unexpected hazards and woodlands are no exception. You should exercise common sense and caution, such as wearing appropriate footwear and avoiding visiting during high winds.

These particulars are for guidance only and, though believed to be correct, do not form part of any contract. Woodland Investment Management Ltd hereby give notice under section 21 of the Estate Agents Act 1979 of their interest in the land being sold.

Tree fringed lake, formerly a reservoir but now decommissioned, with a large camping area and a wooded hillside of mixed broadleaf to complete the hat trick.

Managed by Tamsin and Matt Brown

Telephone: 07956 256101

Telephone: 07950 379533

Email: [email protected]