Start on the coast at Laugharne before taking the drive to Colby Woodland Gardens. Follow the coast from Amroth to Saundersfoot and onto the resort of Tenby. Head inland to Carew Castle and on to Llanhaden Castle before finishing up at Picton.
A 13th century Norman castle transformed in the Middle Ages into a Tudor mansion stands above the estuary of the River Taf. The town itself has a number of older buildings and hostelries and is ever associated with the Welsh Poet, Dylan Thomas.
Dylan Thomas Boathouse
His home for the last few years of his life and where he completed Under Milkwood a radio play based on the fictional small Welsh community of Llareggub – a play on words if you care to read it backwards and why the town of Laugharne had a mixed reaction to the poet.
Colby Woodland Gardens
Now owned by the National Trust the gardens and Colby Lodge are built on an original coal mine. The gardens were begun towards the end of the Victorian era and now provide the formality of the walled garden, paths through the woodland garden and children’s play areas.
The half mile long sandy and flat beach makes this a lovely place to look across Cardigan Bay to the Bristol Channel. The town of Amroth is home to the 16th century New Inn whilst the beach front Amroth Arms is a popular local pub. Inland part of the 14th century castle survived the change to a comfortable mansion and is now a holiday resort.
The charming town is a quaint seaside resort with a small harbour and a lovely sandy beach near to all the local amenities. Originally the harbour was used to export locally mined coal and whilst virtually all traces have disappeared the tramway used to move the coal now provides a walking and cycling trail.
The charming town benefits from castle ruins on the headland, no less than 3 sandy beaches and fine Victorian houses all painted in subtle colours. It is surrounded by impressive and well preserved town walls. It also provides a 20 minute ferry crossing to the peacefulness of the Cistercian owned Caldey Island.
One of the best castles in West Wales the ruins occupy a low lying site on the banks of the River Carew. The site has been fortified since the Iron Age but the present building is a mixture of 13th century fortification and Elizabethan gentrification. The nearby Mill Pond and Tidal Mill building is worth exploring.
Secret Owl Sanctuary & Picton Castle
If you have time make the slight detour to Picton Castle. A former castle transformed into a fabulous stately home with 40 acres of informal woodland walks and more formal designs makes this a great day out. The Secret Owl garden allows visitors the chance to get up close and personal with these fantastic birds.
The former fortified palace of the Bishops of St Davids and totally rebuilt in the 14th century the castle ruins still give the visitor plenty to explore. Rising above the town of Llawhaden the grey stone walls contrast with the rolling green of the local fields and hills.