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Carmarthen Bay

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Overview

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.

Laugharne Castle

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.

Amroth

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.

Saundersfoot

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.

Tenby

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.

Carew Castle

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.

Llawhaden Castle

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.

Overview

1

Laugharne Castle

2
0.3 miles

Dylan Thomas Boathouse

3
14.0 miles

Colby Woodland Gardens

4
0.6 miles

Amroth

5
4.5 miles

Saundersfoot

6
3.3 miles

Tenby

7
6.7 miles

Carew Castle

8
13.4 miles

Secret Owl Sanctuary & Picton Castle

9
6.5 miles

Llawhaden Castle

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About the Carmarthen Bay Trail

Distance:49 miles
Cities / Towns:9
Number Of Businesses:0

This tour starts at the old coastal town of Laugharne on the banks of the River Taf, dominated by its castle seeming to rise from the mud flats of the estuary. The town is long associated with Dylan Thomas who lived close by at The Boathouse, now a museum.

Pendine Sands has a 6 mile long sandy beach for beachcombing. Near Amroth the National Trust’s Colby Woodland Gardens are an area of tranquillity and evidence of the areas coal mining past. Amroth and its lovely sandy beach, old town and the castle are now part of a holiday complex.

Further along the coast is the resort of Saundersfoot combining a yacht basin in the old harbour and a wide sandy beach. On to seaside resort of Tenby combining beaches, castle ruins and an old town surrounded by imposing walls. A 20 minute boat trip to Caldey Island gives visitors to the Cistercian retreat a chance to see the wildlife.

From Tenby head inland taking in Carew Castle one of the finest castle ruins in Wales on the banks of the River Carew, Picton Castle now a stately home and gardens and home to the Secret Owl Sanctuary. Ending in Llawhaden at the ruins of the castle which was both a fortification and one of a number of palaces built by the Bishops of St Davids after the Norman conquest.

Seascapes

Relax and enjoy the multitude of sandy beaches with vistas over Cardigan Bay towards the Bristol Channel. Whether it is Amroth, Saundersfoot or Tenby there are plenty to choose from and all offer a good range of amenities close by. Pendine Sands has 6 miles of beach.

Medieval Towns

The area has been popular with visitors for centuries and that is reflected in the fine architecture of towns like Tenby, 16th century pubs and hotels in Amroth and the buildings grown up around many of the regions Norman castles.

The Visiting Poet

It is said that Dylan Thomas got off the bus in Laugharne and never left. He wrote Under Milkwood whilst he lived in the boathouse overlooking the estuary of the River Taf whilst allegedly drawing inspiration for some of the characters from the town residents. Now the boat house is a museum to him and his works.