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CONTENTS Pages 4-18

MWNT .........................5 ABERAERON ................12 CARDIGAN ..................6 LLANDYSUL .................13 ABERPORTH..................8 CENARTH ....................14 LLANGRANNOG.............9 LAMPETER .................16 NEW QUAY ................10 ABERYSTWYTH ............17 PEMBROKESHIRE

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ST DOGMAELS ...........19 HAVERFORDWEST .......29 NEWPORT .................22 PEMBROKE ................30 FISHGUARD ..............23 NARBERTH .................31 TENBY .......................24 SAUNDERSFOOT .........32 ST DAVID’S ................26 ST BRIDES BAY ............33 CARMARTHENSHIRE

In association with Your Local Crowd, welcome to the first edition of YOUR LOCAL GUIDE. Our aim is to help you get the most out of your day here in West Wales, with guides and informative articles, allowing your day run smoothly. Whether you are a visiting tourist or live in this glorious part of the world, simply looking for a day out, this book will prove to be the handy guide to help get you started. Your Local Crowd & Guide strive to promote local and encourage our readers to support local by making full use of the services and businesses found here in West Wales. If you find a useful business or service featured, don’t forget to mention Your Local Crowd & Guide when making your enquiry or visiting.

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CARMARTHEN ...........35 PENDINE ...................40 KIDWELLY ..................36 B.PORT & PEMBREY .....41 LLANDEILO ................37 LAUGHARNE ..............42

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LLANELLI ...................38 NEWCASTLE EMLYN ....44

MICRO BREWERIES .........................................47 FAMILY DAYS OUT ............................................48

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ART ..................................................................54 ANTIQUES & COLLECTABLES ............................55 ADVENTURE ....................................................56 WALKS ............................................................59 BEACHES .........................................................62 VINEYARDS .....................................................66 POPULAR WELSH PHRASES ............................67

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CEREDIGION Ceredigion offers you a chance to escape the hustle and bustle of town and city life, to find some fresh air and all kinds of things to do. Whether you live in Ceredigion or are treating yourself to a short break, indulging in a family day out by the sea or in the country, it’s rich landscape, wildlife and culture make Ceredigion a great destination for walking, cycling, horse riding and boating.


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Mwnt Beach A small community, an ancient parish just outside Cardigan, clinging to the coast, a stop off on the coast path. A tiny whitewashed chapel, the gulls and, of course, the dolphins. This is Mwnt.

ACCOMMODATION, FOOD & DRINK There can’t be many more stunning locations for a campsite than Ty Gwyn, a short walk from the beach. There are various other campsites and B&B/guest houses in the area, both in Mwnt, and a little further away in Ferwig, Penparc and Felinwynt. For hotel accommodation, try The Cliff Hotel and Spa in Gwbert. There’s a friendly beach kiosk at Mwnt selling teas, coffees, ice creams and Welsh Cakes. Rumour has it they also offer early morning bacon butties during the summer holiday period… NEED TO KNOW Getting to Mwnt: Mwnt is most easily accessible off the B4548 from Cardigan to Gwbert. Follow signs for Mwnt. You can walk to Mwnt

the beach to see dolphins playing in the waters. Choose the right time of day and you might witness an amazing sunset or, down on the beach, one of Marc Treanor’s sand circles. Take the steep flight of steps to the sands and sea. The beach is unguarded, but for the careful, Mwnt offers safe swimming and great waves in one of the most magical settings you will ever find. If you tire of the beach, why not stretch your legs along the Ceredigion coast path, heading south towards Cardigan Island and the estuary at Gwbert, or north across the clifftops towards Aberporth.

from nearby Ferwig or via the Ceredigion coast path. Parking: National Trust pay & display car park (£3.00 summer 2016) free for National Trust Members). Public Transport: The ‘CardiBach’ bus serves Mwnt. Public toilets: Clean and well maintained. Access: The beach is reached by a steep flight of steps from the top of the cliff. Safety: The beach is not life guarded. Dogs: Dogs are not allowed on the beach May – October, and must be kept on the lead in the car park and surrounding areas as stock are grazed in the area.

For links go to www.yourlocalcrowd/mwnt

Golden sands, sea birds soaring round the cliffs, dolphins arching through the water, an iconic white chapel, an abandoned lime kiln. Apparently used by pilgrims travelling from Bardsey Island to St David’s since the 6th Century AD, the chapel, Eglwys y Grog (Church of the Holy Cross), dates from 13th or 14th century, and is still in use today. Adding to the sense of mystery, bones and skeletons discovered in the area support the story that Mwnt was the site of an unsuccessful Fleming invasion in 1155, celebrated on the first Sunday of January “Sul Coch y Mwnt” (Red Sunday). On a more practical note, Mwnt had a number of limekilns in use. Negotiate the windy single track lanes to experience a special place, often recognised as one of the best beaches in the UK. Climb the eponymous Foel y Mwnt on the north side of | 5

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Bridge Street, Cardigan

A busy, community town on the banks of the Teifi: proud guardian of the Eisteddfod, home of independent shops and businesses, cafés and restaurants, and a warm welcome for everyone. Head west, keep going. Hit the sea? You’ve gone too far. Cardigan may feel like it’s at the end of the road, but this bustling market town has plenty to explore in terms of shops, cafés restaurants and culture. The first national Eisteddfod (the Welsh celebration of culture) was held in Cardigan Castle in 1176. The castle – and Cardigan - was also the subject of skirmishes during the Civil War. Cardigan gained status through the maritime trade, becoming the most important port in South Wales during the 18th and early 19th Centuries. Cardigan thrived on the export and import of everything from herring and slate to oranges and coal. Shipbuilding, brickworks and a foundry, rope and sail-makers provided employment and supported other rural industries until the river slowly silted up. The port became inactive by the early part of the 20th Century, yet Cardigan remains a hub for the local area, providing year round amenities for the local population and visitors. Find out more about the history of the area, and Cardigan’s important role in the Eisteddfod at newly refurbished Cardigan Castle; walk along the river to the Welsh Wildlife Centre or head to Gwbert and take a dolphin spotting trip with Bay to Remember. Browse the independent shops along the high street and side roads for artisan arts and crafts and the latest fashions. We love Mundos, The Custom House and The Crafters Cwtch. Pick up all you need for a picnic at the Keith Davies butchers or Belotti’s Deli, Bara Menyn artisan bakery

and in the Guildhall Market, or enjoy a coffee and welsh cakes. The last Saturday in April is ‘Barley Saturday’ while the Cardigan Show, and the Cardigan River & Food Festival are other annual highlights. You’ll also find local art in the Corn Exchange, and the latest films at Theatr Mwldan. ACCOMMODATION, FOOD & DRINK Cardigan has a number of guest houses and self-catering accommodation. Check out Cwm Connell or Seaview Cottages in nearby Moylegrove. The Tourist Information Centre at Theatr Mwldan can help. During the summer months, the Pizza Tipi offers wood-fired pizza from its riverside location, or dine at 1176 in the Castle or at Cardigan Brasserie on the high street. For café style eats try the Fishermans Rest, Food for Thought or the Pendre Art Gallery and Café or enjoy fish & chips from either the Cardigan Arms tucked down a side street by The Guildhall, or from the Pendre Café. NEED TO KNOW Getting to Cardigan: Cardigan is found on the A487 between Haverfordwest West and Aberystwyth. From Carmarthen, follow the A484. Parking: The town has several pay & display car parks and a limited number of disabled parking and free parking bays along the main streets Public Transport: Buses from Finch Square link Cardigan to Carmarthen, Aberystwyth and Haverfordwest. Tourist Information - 01239 613230

For links go to www.yourlocalcrowd/cardigan


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Fisherman’s Rest Restaurant on the River Teifi


Quay Street, Cardigan, SA43 1HR

01239 612359

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A working family mill with shop stocking a wide range of woollen products including fabrics, travel rugs, throws, blankets, bedspreads, shawls, garments, made up curtains & upholstery. ALSO CARDING & SPINNING OF RARE BREEDS

Open all year Mon-Fri 9:00-5:00pm Except Bank Holidays Free Admission - Disabled access TROEDYRAUR, OLD RECTORY, NR GLYNARTHEN RHYDLEWIS, CEREDIGION, SA44 5RL 01239 851357

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Aberporth beach Perfect for beach lovers, Aberporth offers sea and sand in abundance, along with fantastic views across Cardigan Bay and along the coast. It’s a place which works whether you want quiet relaxation or a base to explore the South Ceredigion coast. When it’s not welcoming visitors, this fishing village, once a subsidiary of Cardigan, is busy getting on with the job of being a busy coastal community – a lively school, weekly produce markets, lots of activities in the village’s public spaces. With 2 beaches, Dolwen to the left and Dyffryn to the right as you look out to sea, divided at high tide by a rocky outcrop, the sea retreats to reveal a glorious stretch of golden sands for safe paddling and swimming, or for the more adventurous, kayaking and paddle boarding. Low tide is the time to explore rock pools, or perhaps indulge in some crabbing. For those wanting to stretch their legs, the Ceredigion Coastal Path offers rugged walking – and some ghostly seafaring stories - to the south towards Mwnt. For more accessible terrain - but no less stunning coastal views, head north towards Tresaith along a tarmaced section of the coast path suitable for wheelchair users. You’ll find a number of viewing points – watch out for the dolphins and sea birds - and picnic spots along this stretch of coast path. Aberporth village itself offers a small parade of useful shops including a post office, pharmacy and launderette above Dyffryn beach, and a small children’s play area by the youth centre. Taken together, Aberporth offers everything you need for a day – or a week at the beach. Even out of season, Aberporth is a good place to visit. In particular, the beach fireworks offer a spectacular site celebrating Bonfire Night, and for the hardy (or foolhardy) brave the winter seas and join in the Boxing Day Swim…

ACCOMMODATION, FOOD & DRINK Aberporth has a selection of holiday accommodation including cottages and bed and breakfasts. There’s camping at the Gogerddan Arms at Tanygroes, and at Greenore, Tremain, on the main A487. In Aberporth itself, try Dolgelynen campsite. Enjoy fish & chips on the beach from Starfish & Coffee, cakes and ice creams from the Cwtch Glanmordy or a pub meal at The Ship overlooking Dyffryn Beach. Foodies should check out Golwg y Mor butchers at Tanygroes. NEED TO KNOW Getting to Aberporth: Leave the A487 at the roundabout about 5 miles north of Cardigan, or take the turning at the Gogerddan crossroads at Tanygroes. Parking: Aberporth has 2 car parks close to the beaches – charges apply. A third car park is located at Heol y Graig at the north end of the village at the start of the coastal path heading towards Tresaith. Public Transport: The T5 and X50 between Aberystwyth and Cardigan/Aberteifi pass Aberporth on the main A487 at Tan y Groes for those prepared to walk down the hill into Aberporth itself. The 554 joins Cardigan/Aberteifi, Aberporth and Beulah, passing through Aberporth village. The 552 ‘CardiBach’ coastal shuttle service serves Aberporth. Public toilets Public toilets and a beach shower are on the headland between Dyffryn and Dolwen beaches. There are also public toilets by the small parade of shops and community centre above Dyffryn beach.

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For a list of links go to www.yourlocalcrowd/aberporth


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Llangrannog beach Under the watchful eye of St Caranog, the beaches of Llangrannog offer more than just seaside fun.

ACCOMMODATION FOOD & DRINK Llangrannog offers visitors a variety of options for food with The Ship Inn and the Pentre Arms pubs offering food, as well as The Beach Hut and the Patio cafés. There’s a variety of B&B’s and self-catering accommodation in the village in surrounding areas. For those looking for bunkhouse accommodation, The Beudy about half a mile from the beach on Maes y Morfa offers accommodation for up to 20 in a camping barn/ bunkhouse. Siop Glynafon in Llangrannog offers groceries for those self-catering or looking for provisions for a beach picnic.

The village hosts the popular Gwyl Nol a Mlan a free music festival in the summer, and for visitors out of season, the village hosts spectacular beach fireworks in November. The village itself offers a well-stocked village shop and a number of pubs and cafes. Heading back up towards the main A487 coast road, you will find the Gwersyll y Urdd (pronounced ‘ear-th’) – the Urdd camp - which hosts children from all over Wales. Some of the facilities – a dry ski slope, tobogganing, climbing and riding are available to the public. For art lovers, Art in Llangrannog offers the opportunity to purchase affordable art from 2 local artists. NEED TO KNOW Getting there: Follow signs from the A487 from Brynhoffnant, or Pentregat. Parking: Parking in The Ship Inn car park – charges apply; More extensive free parking (and a shuttle bus service during the summer) is available at the top of the village Public Transport: Llangrannog is served by the CardiBach; The 552 between Cardigan and Aberystwyth takes you to Llain Wen crossroads then it’s a 20 minute (1 mile) walk. Dogs: Restrictions apply to the main beach May - October

For links go to www.yourlocalcrowd/llangrannog

This coastal village, nestled in a steep valley, is rich in folklore and religious meaning. A place where giants sleep and pilgrimages were made, where dolphins play and sea birds soar. There is evidence of a Celtic settlement just up the coast from Llangrannog at Lochtyn, but the earliest records show Llangrannog developed around the church dedicated to St Caranog during the 6th Century. The original village was built behind a bend in the river, hiding the inhabitants from Viking and Irish marauders, and it wasn’t until the 18th century when the sea became ‘safer’ that the beach-side village grew up. Llangrannog now offers a perfect place to spend a day, a weekend or longer, with clean ‘blue flag’ beaches, with the main beach serviced by the RNLI lifeguards and easy access to the stunning Ceredigion Coast Path. At low tide, you can walk onto Cilborth beach passing ‘Carreg Bica’ a stack of rock which, so it goes, is in fact a tooth spat out by local giant Bica during a particularly bad bout of tooth ache. For the more adventurous, and those who prefer more isolated beaches, short – but steep - walks along the coast path offer the chance to enjoy ‘secret’ beaches: head south towards Penbryn to find Traeth Bach, and north towards Cwmtydu to Ynys Lochtyn. | 9

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NEW QUAY New Quay Harbour Descend through a delightful muddle of shops and cafés to the beach, take a stroll along the harbour wall to spot the dolphins or join the ranks of crab catchers, and discover the local wildlife – New Quay is rich in traditional seaside delights. Head north from Cardigan to Synod Inn, and turn towards the sea, and you’ll find New Quay clinging to the cliff as it descends into Cardigan Bay. A small town serving the local community with a school, and an RNLI station, this is a popular destination with tourists. First referenced on a map in 1748, although with evidence of settlement in the area from before then, New Quay grew up as a fishing and smuggling port, later developing a ship building industry. Developments in transport meant that New Quay’s nascent industrial heritage declined, and by the late 19th century was firmly on the map as a holiday destination. Much of what was so loved about New Quay in the nineteenth century remains today – golden beaches, places to eat, shop, stay and while away the holidays. It’s a perfect location for discovering the marine environment of Cardigan Bay, and an ideal place for eating hot, salty, vinegary chips whilst overlooking the sea! New Quay is home to the Cardigan Bay Marine Conservation Centre. Find out more about the rich marine life of Cardigan Bay at the visitor centre overlooking the harbour, or head out into the Bay on a dolphin survey trip. For those of you who like to get a little closer to the water, New Quay ACCOMMODATION, FOOD & DRINK New Quay offers a wide variety of accommodation from the stunning views of the Hotel Penwig, self-catering in many characterful cottages and former seaside retreats, and camping at small sites like Ty Rhos and at larger sites such as Cei Bach Country Club. It’s hard to say whether you should go for ice cream or fish & chips first, but you’re spoilt for choice which ever you choose – try the Lime Crab for fish & chips, and Crème Pen Cai for ice cream in all manner of delicious flavours.

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is an ideal spot for water sports – sailing, kayaking and windsurfing are all available within the town, as are opportunities for sea fishing. Dylan Thomas lived in New Quay, and the town is said to have inspired much of “Under Milk Wood”. Discover more about the poet’s life here by following ‘The Dylan Thomas Trail’. For those that want to head off further afield, the Ceredigion Coastal Path beckons, with walks to the south to the pretty cove of Cwm Tydu NEED TO KNOW Getting to New Quay: Follow signs from the A487 (Cardigan to Aberaeron) at Synod Inn. Parking: On street parking is very limited. There are a number of pay and display car parks. Dogs: Allowed on Cei Bach (Little Quay) beach, and at Cwmtydu beach to the south of New Quay, all year round; restrictions apply May - October on other New Quay beaches. Public Transport: New Quay is served by the Cardi Bach service from Cardigan.

For links go to www.yourlocalcrowd/newquay


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PeaPod Junction

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Abearon Harbour

With the composed air of a town that knows what it is, Aberaeron’s brightly coloured Georgian buildings, bustling high street of independent shops, established restaurants, cafés and lively harbour are a magnet for locals and visitors to this busy West Wales community. What was once a small fishing village on the Ceredigion Coast grew wings in the early 19th Century with a special Act of Parliament permitting the improvement of the quay and harbour of Aberaeron The brainchild of Col Alban Gwynne and his architect, Edward Haycock, Aberaeron grew to be regarded as a shining example of a ‘well-planned town’. A thriving port brought prosperity to the area, continuing into the early 20th Century. As the history of many similar towns relates, the growth of the railway eventually led to a decline of the traditional industry of the town, and the growth of tourism in its place. The town offers plenty of distractions including a Craft Centre offering, among other things, locally made crafts, needlework, dolls houses, model railways, candles and locally produced food and plants. For an insight into the industrial past of the town, the Aberaeron Town Trail takes in a number of important buildings including the Westgate Toll House which survived the notorious ‘Rebecca Riots’, and the Weigh House, used for weighing lime. Just outside Aberaeron, you’ll find Llanerchaeron, a self-contained estate in the pretty Aeron valley featuring a working farm and a John Nash villa, now in the ownership and management of the National Trust – the more energetic might enjoy the walk from Aberaeron, with the promise of a cream tea at the end of it! There are a number of shingle/ rock beaches at Aberaeron, all of which welcome dogs, or visit the gardens at the Ty Glyn Davis Trust. Those looking for adventure – and dolphins – can take a RIB safari

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looking for Cardigan Bay’s most popular residents – the bottle nose dolphins. The town hosts a number of events throughout the year including the Cardigan Bay Seafood festival, the Festival of Welsh Ponies and Cobs and an annual carnival, and hosts many venues during the popular Ceredigion Art Trail.

ACCOMMODATION, FOOD & DRINK Aberaeron is not only home to the highly rated Harbourmaster Hotel, but also to The Hive Bar & Grill, famous locally for it’s honey ice cream and fabulous food. There’s a wide variety of accommodation in the town, including The Feathers Hotel , and self catering and camp sites from the quirky camping pods of One Cat Farm at Ciliau Aeron to the more traditional holiday parks such as the Aeron Coast Holiday Park .

NEED TO KNOW Getting to Aberaeron: On the A487

between Llanarth and Llanrhystud. Parking: There is some time restricted

on-street parking, and a number of pay and display car parks. Dogs: Dogs are allowed on all Aberaeron’s beaches Public Transport: Aberaeron is served by bus services T5, X50, 554 (Cardigan – Aberystwyth), and the T1 (Aberystwyth - Carmarthen via Lampeter)

For links go to www.yourlocalcrowd/aberaeron


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LLANDYSUL Off the main tourist track, there’s an opportunity to really ‘get away from it’ in this part of the Teifi Valley, and to get to know rural West Wales. As with many settlements in the area, Llandysul has Iron Age roots, and its church dates back to the 13th Century. The townsfolk were supporters of Owain Glyndwr, who had associations with the town, and Henry IV confiscated his lands from the surrounding area in the early 15th Century. During the Civil War , Royalist troops defending Ceredigion from the Parliamentarian Army pulled down one of the arches in the bridge over the River Teifi to prevent the Parliamentarian advance. Moving on from those turbulent centuries, Llandysul and the surrounding area developed with the Welsh woollen industry, the fast-flowing waters of the Teifi and other rivers and streams powering woollen mills. There’s little left of the industry that saw the town thrive during the 19th century, and yet there’s a charm to the town that makes it worthy of a visit. Many of the visitors to Llandysul come for the river. There’s great fishing on the River Teifi, with salmon trout, and sewin (sea trout) all to be found. The river is also a great place for canoeing and kayaking. There’s an active canoeing centre in Llandysul and other activities such as climbing and coasteering in nearby Cardigan Bay can be arranged. Although the mills of the 19th century are all gone, harps are made in Llandysul by Teifi Harps, a not for profit community enterprise, and it is possible to arrange a workshop tour to see how these traditional Welsh instruments are made. Not far from Llandysul, and perhaps not something you’d traditionally associate with Wales, Ceredigion’s own craft gin distillery Da Mhile can be found nestled in the countryside. Explore the Teifi Valley by steam train on the Teifi Valley Railway or browse the beautiful glass landscapes and jewellery of Moriath Glass.

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ACCOMMODATION FOOD & DRINK In Llandysul itself you’ll find the Kings Arms Hotel, and Gwesty’r Porth Hotel in what was once a coaching inn. Stay at one of the many B&Bs in the area – such as Cefnllech-Clawdd or Nantgwynfaen Organic Farm at Croeslan, or book into the Lamb of Rhos nearby. For campers, there’s Pant y Meillion campsite, or check out the Ceridwen Centre not far away at Felindre. Enjoy Chinese food at Dan I Sang, attached to the Kings Arms Hotel The area around Llandysul is packed with great places to eat – The Daffodil at Penrhiwllan and you’ll find local chef Tom Holden cooking up a storm at Holdens@Gwarcefel Arms. There are a number of cheese producers in the area, including renowned Caws Teifi – find them next door to the Da Mhile distillery… NEED TO KNOW Getting to Llandysul: Llandysul is bypassed by the A486 New Quay road, from the A484 from Carmarthen, and on the A475 from Newcastle Emlyn Parking: There is a pay and display car park on Church Street Public Transport: There are buses between Llandysul and Pencader, and to Carmarthen and Newcastle Emlyn.

For links go to www.yourlocalcrowd/llandysul

moriath glass

glass landscapes and jewellery

studio and gallery open Tuesday - Thursday 10 - 5 01559 371585 Nant, Cwmpengraig, Drefach Felindre, Llandysul, Carmarthenshire, SA44 5HY.

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Images Š Guy Candler

Waterfalls and coracles, the sleepy village of Cenarth straddles the county borders of Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire, and the river, as it hurtles through the landscape on its way to the estuary at Poppit Sands. Watch herons fish, enjoy afternoon tea and discover more about the ancient fishing practices of the Teifi valley. Only a few miles inland from the coast, and a couple of miles from the market town of Newcastle Emlyn, Cenarth offers a contrast to the brightly painted seaside villages next to the sea in more muted tones

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of Welsh slate. Picture postcard pretty, the Cenarth Falls are an obvious attraction for visitors, a spectacular sight in full flood, and a known salmon leap, but there’s much more to Cenarth

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than first meets the eye. There’s been a bridge over the Teifi here since at least 1188, although the current bridge was built in the late 18th century. The 13th century mill was once the property of Edward 1 – passing into his ownership when he became Lord Mayor of Cenarth. The current mill buildings date to the 17th century, and at low water, there’s evidence of another mill, possibly destroyed during the Glyndwr campaigns of the 14th Century. There’s a footpath along the river passing the falls which branches off into the countryside beyond for those looking for a longer walk, otherwise wander back and enjoy afternoon tea at Ty Te on the road to Newcastle Emlyn. The River Teifi has been fished using coracles for many years, and The Coracle Museum, tucked away on the banks of the river offers an insight into this ancient fishing technique, still practised today by a handful of licensed coracle fishermen. The Coracles Heath & Country Club on the Cenarth Falls Holiday Park is open to non-residents to enjoy the swimming pool and fitness suite as well as the bar and pizzeria. For those who seek the quiet tranquillity of the woods, Coed Tyddyn Du managed by The Woodland Trust is an undisturbed woodland dominated by birch and ash with abundant ground flora which provides rich wildlife habitats. Wet glades have flourishing meadowsweet and rich insect life in summer.

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CEREDIGION | CENARTH ACCOMMODATION FOOD & DRINK Cenarth Falls Holiday Park offers touring and camping pitches as well as caravan accommodation to book. Non-residents are able to use the bar and pizzeria facilities. Accommodation can also be found at The Ceridwen Centre, offering not only Yurts, a converted bus and wooden huts, but also a beautiful wedding venue boasting fabulous views from it’s giant tipi. Ty Te offers ice creams, Sunday lunches and afternoon teas. Visitors can choose between the White Hart Inn and the Three Horseshoes Inn for pub food and drinks. NEED TO KNOW Getting to Cenarth: Cenarth is situated on the A484 between Newcastle Emlyn and Cardigan Parking: Car park is immediately after the bridge on the Ceredigion side of the river. Charges apply. Very limited free parking bays on the Pembrokeshire side of the river on the right hand side as you leave the village on the B4332 towards Boncath. Public Transport: Cenarth is served by the 551, Aberaeron to Cardigan and the 460 from Carmarthen to Cardigan services.


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Despite ‘Cardiganshire’ being established as one of the royal counties by Edward I and coming under direct royal control after he defeated Llywelyn ap Gruffud at Cilmeri, Lampeter has remained a stronghold of the Welsh language and culture. The Norman castle which stood on the River Teifi had already been destroyed, but the ruins were later to be incorporated into the grounds of the university. The number of pubs and former coaching inns indicate the importance of Lampeter connecting onwards to Aberystwyth, and heading south and East back to Carmarthen and from there Swansea and Cardiff, and the town, the third largest in Ceredigion, continues to be a hub for the area. Lampeter is the smallest university town in the UK, part of the University of Wales Trinity St Davids and

ACCOMMODATION FOOD & DRINK Bask in 4 star luxury at the Falcondale Hotel, or stay in one of Lampeter’s former coaching inns at The Castle Hotel in the centre of the town. For campers, Teifi Meadows is a family campsite close to the village of Llanfair Clydogau or try Naturesbase offering camping, glamping, family lodges and group accommodation and a whole variety of activities. Lampeter is home to Watson and Pratts (formerly the Organic Fresh Food Company) – stocked full of super fresh local and organic produce, and bread from the on site bakery, and there’s a fortnightly Farmers Market. For eating out, try the Castle Green pub and

is known as the birthplace of Welsh rugby, the game being brought from Cambridge by Rev, Professor Rowland Williams in the mid-19th Century. There’s the recently established Lampeter Museum housed in the Old Porter’s Lodge in the centre of town and focussed on Lampeter’s history. As with many rural communities, there is a vibrant crafting tradition in Lampeter. The Welsh Quilt Centre runs an active programme of exhibitions, and workshops. If you like things a little more energetic, why not experience Wales at its proudest and most passionate by watching a rugby match? Further afield, there’s Strata Florida, pictured, formerly a Cistercian monastery of great importance during the Middle Ages. There are walks and cycle trails to enjoy here, or head to Brechfa Forest for mountain bike trails. See if you can find your own nugget of Welsh gold at Dolau Cothi Goldmines or take a stroll around Cae Hir, “one of the great gardens of Wales”. restaurant. Café style food is in abundance – try Mulberry Bush Wholefoods or the Town Hall Café Deli and there are a number of takeaways. NEED TO KNOW Getting to Lampeter: 45 minutes from Carmarthen and Aberystwyth, Lampeter is in the Teifi Valley at the junction of the A482 and A485. Parking: Free on street parking in the town centre, and a number of pay and display car parks. Public Transport: Lampeter is served by regular bus services to Aberystwyth, Carmarthen, Llandovery and a Megabus service to Cardiff and London.

For links go to www.yourlocalcrowd/lampeter

A traditional market town with an academic influence – and the birthplace of Welsh rugby, don’t underestimate the charm of Llambed’. Lampeter.

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Aberystwyth sea front

With all the grandeur of a Victorian seaside resort, easy access to the mid-Wales coast and the Cambrian mountains and the lively atmosphere of a popular university town, you’ll never be bored in Aberystwyth!

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The Cliff Railway

Situated at the mouth (‘aber’) of the river Ystwyth, Aber, as she is affectionately known, is buzzing. The settlement of today dates from 1107, and it has played a lively part in Welsh and British history since. A hub for rural industries so vital to this remote area, the dawn of the railways saw a tourist boom in Victorian times. Today, the town combines tourism with a modern, respected university. It’s the administrative centre for Ceredigion, boasting a modern hospital, a bustling town centre and lively food scene. Fans of a traditional seaside holiday will enjoy the splendid Promenade, pier and cliff railway. Home to the National Library of Wales and the Ceredigion Museum, as well as the thriving Aberystwyth | 17

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Ultracomdia Arts Centre, enjoy an exhibition, catch up on the latest films, take in a theatre production or giggle through a comedy night while you’re here. Shopaholics will love independent boutiques such as Polly, and do pop your head around the door of No21 Flowers which sources many of its blooms locally. The Cambrian Mountains are on the doorstep, as are the beaches of Borth and Ynyslas. Bwlch Nant Yr Arian Red Kite centre gives an insight into the majestic birds that you’ll see soaring above you – and great mountain biking trails, or take a steam train up the valley, and catch local folklore and dramatic scenery at Devils Bridge. For fans of police drama, North Ceredigion is ‘Hinterland’ country.

ACCOMMODATION FOOD & DRINK There’s accommodation for every traveller to Aberystwyth, from the seafront Gwesty Cymru, dog friendly Brynarth Country Guest House, to the budget Maes y Mor. Foodies will enjoy a browse of the packed shelves of Spanish deli Ultracomida or perhaps a visit to local butcher Rob Rattray. Eating out, try Agnelli’s for home cooked Italian food, Baravin for stylish meals with a view of the Promenade, or Medina for Mediterranean and North African inspired dishes. There’s a lively pub and bar scene in Aberystwyth – try the Cambrian Hotel for cocktails or the Ship & Castle for real ale.

NEED TO KNOW Getting there: Aberystwyth is on the Ceredigion coast, on the A487 between Aberaeron and Machynlleth, or, from Mid-Wales, at the end of the A44. Public Transport: Rail links with Birmingham and with North Wales via Machynlleth. National Express serves Aberystwyth. Locally, buses come from Cardigan, Carmarthen, Lampeter and Machynlleth. Parking: There’s a variety of on street parking, and car parks at Bath Street, Maesyrafon and on the old brewery site at Trefechan.

For links go to www.yourlocalcrowd/aberystwyth

Aberystwyth Beach

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PEMBROKESHIRE Known across the world for its awesome coastal scenery, protected by Britain’s only coastal National Park, Pembrokeshire is the perfect destination: golden sands backed by towering cliffs teeming with wildlife and a 186 mile coastal path that leads you on an adventure around our coastline. Families have no end of choice; adventure parks, castles and boat trips, they are just some of the attractions and events that will create lasting memories that are talked about for years.


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Centred around an ancient Abbey, St Dogmaels sprawls along the River Teifi towards the wide sands at Poppit. With a regular, award winning, local produce market, places to stay and to eat, and plenty to visit, there are many reasons to visit this most northerly outpost of Pembrokeshire.

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The Abbey

The award winning producers market

river silted up, maritime industries died back, and there has been little commercial development in St Dogmaels since the 19th Century. Today, sprawled along the bank and up the valley, the village is centred very much on the ruined 12th Century Abbey and visitor centre that welcomes people throughout the year. A hub for fantastic, fresh local produce, St Dogmaels is perfect for a meander through quiet streets followed by a riverside drink or meal, and a great base for exploring the North Pembrokeshire coastline on foot, or by boat. Whether you’re a fan of ancient history, are seeking the vibrant wildlife of the Teifi Estuary, or all the beach has to offer at Poppit Sands – perhaps with the added excitement of a lifeboat launch thrown in – St Dogmaels is well worth a visit. St Dogmaels Abbey & The Coach House Visitor Centre Home of the 2016 BBC Radio 4 Food & Farming Awards Best Market you’ll find a café, locally made crafts, and a varied programme of exhibitions, classes and open air theatre productions on offer. The Water Mill still produces flour - ring the bell and ask for a tour – or browse around The Boat Shed Gallery or St Dogmaels Pottery.

Poppit Sands

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St Dogmaels has a very different feel to its Ceredigion neighbour, Cardigan. There’s been a settlement here since the 6th Century, and the village saw prosperity in the 18th and 19th centuries as the port of Cardigan grew in importance. As the

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Looking toward Gwbert

Poppit Sands

Poppit Sands offers lifeguarded swimming, surfing and beach fun, or check out the lifeboat station and shop. There’s a car park, café, and public toilets. Set off from St Dogmaels to explore Caemes Head and beyond as you head south to Newport on the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path. Watch out for wild ponies, and, in the sea, seals and the famous Cardigan Bay Dolphins.

ACCOMMODATION, FOOD & DRINK Much of the accommodation in and around St Dogmaels is self-catering, B&B or guest house. There’s camping at AlltyCoed on Cemaes Head, and a Youth Hostel at Poppit Sands or Cwm Connell Cottages or 5* Luxury Holiday Cottage, Seaview in nearby Moylgrove. Food ranges from café style fare at the Coach House and the café at Poppit Sands, Bowens renowned fish & chips, to ‘gastropub’ with stunning river views at The Ferry Inn and the Webley Hotel. If you’re cooking your own, check out local seafood from Len & Mandy Walters of Cardigan Bay Fish, and fresh veg from Glebelands Market Garden. NEED TO KNOW Getting there: Leave the A487 at Cardigan and follow signs to St Dogmaels/ Llandudoch. Parking: On street parking is limited. A central car park off the main street & limited parking at The Coach House visitor centre. There’s a pay & display car park at Poppit Sands. Dogs: restricted access to Poppit Sands May-October. Public Transport: The 407 runs between Cardigan/Aberteifi, St Dogmaels and Poppit Sands. The 405 ‘Poppit Rocket’ links key locations on the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path stops at St Dogmaels and Poppit.


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NEWPORT / TREFDRAETH An ancient port, a thriving community, a gateway to North Pembrokeshire, Newport is an enchanting town full of unique shops and places to eat, quirky and luxurious places to stay, a swathe of beach to play on, and the mysterious Preseli Hills to explore… Newport – or Trefdraeth (the town by the beach) was founded in around 1197, a port founded on the medieval wool trade in the area. Sadly, the plague hit the town in the 16th Century, and much of the trade moved to Fishguard. Although Newport itself didn’t exist until the 12th Century, there is plenty of evidence of much earlier settlements – as far back as 3,500 BC all around the area. Not just a tourist destination, Newport is a thriving community in its own right. While tourism sustains it, there are many small businesses – artisans, crafters, jewellers displaying and selling their wares – try The Gallery – Yr Oriel and the Newport Collective for interesting and exciting pieces. There’s a Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Visitor Centre close to the centre of

ACCOMMODATION FOOD & DRINK There’s a wealth of good quality accommodation in Newport – self-catering accommodation is in good supply, or try Llys Meddyg ‘Restaurant with Rooms’ if you don’t want to cook. B&Bs include the splendid Llwyngwair Manor, and there’s camping down by the Parrog at Morawelon, and at Ty Canol up on the headland with sweeping views of the bay. For foodies, Newport is pretty much heaven. There’s a weekly market full of local produce, a fabulous independent butcher, and a fishmonger so you can cook with the best local produce. If cooking is off the menu, you’re spoilt for choice for places to eat: everything from fine dining at Cnapan, good quality pub food at establishments such as the Golden Lion, the small but perfectly formed, locally focussed menu at the Vic North

Newport Beach

the town, a great place to start if you want to explore the area. Newport has a great beach, reached by leaving the town and driving over the river, but the harbour area - The Parrog - is also worth a stroll, where sailors will find Newport Boat Club and a slipway. Out of the summer months, you can take a cookery course at the Vic North Café. Of course, as the gateway to the Preseli Mountains, there’s a wealth of neolithic history to take in – the ancient burial site at Pentre Ifan, and the reconstructed Iron Age village at Castell Henllys are two examples of many. Café and crowd pleasing burgers and pizza at The Canteen means there is really something for everyone – and somewhere different for every night of the week. NEED TO KNOW Getting to Newport: Newport is on the A487 between Fishguard and Cardigan. Parking: Pay and Display (March – October) in the centre of Newport, and limited parking at the Parrog. Pay and display parking at the beach. Public Transport: Nearest train stations are at Fishguard and Clunderwen. 412/T5 service between Cardigan and Haverfordwest serves Newport, as does the coastal Poppit Rocket, between Fishguard and Cardigan. Dogs: The beach at Newport allows dogs all year round.

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FISHGUARD & GOODWICK A busy coastal community, gateway to the Gwaun Valley inland, and the rugged coastline down to Strumble Head, rich in history, the towns of Fishguard and Goodwick are many things, mostly, lively, welcoming - places you’ll want to return to. The site of the last invasion of mainland Britain (the French, 1797), it’s perhaps appropriate that Fishguard now hosts the ferry port to Ireland. A hub for North Pembrokeshire with rail services linking east, Fishguard and Goodwick are lively towns in this corner of Pembrokeshire. ‘Lower Town’, a delightful muddle of tiny streets around the Harbour is believed to be the original settlement. Both Fishguard and Goodwick, immediately west, grew up out of Norse raiding parties. The advent of the railway brought opportunities for these towns to grow, brick making being an important industry here. A location in a number of films and TV productions, local gossip tells us that somewhere in Fishguard Bay, a giant, metal ‘Moby Dick’ lurks, sunk during filming of this cinematic epic… Sleepy Lower Town offers coastal adventures such as kayaking – or meander along the harbour wall, try crabbing or if you prefer, a crab sandwich or a pint in an 18th Century Ale House. Fishguard Bay Yacht Club offers temporary membership for visitors.

Fishguard Town has a different atmosphere. There are plenty of family-owned shops to browse; Art lovers can head to the Workshop Wales Gallery, family run for 40 years, or combine your love of art with a drink, food and live music at Peppers. At Goodwick, you’ll find the beach, and Goodwick Moor, a nature reserve and paradise for bird lovers. The coast path leads to Strumble Head and the old lighthouse, or find out more about the weaving industry in the area – and perhaps indulge in a beautiful Welsh blanket, at Melin Tregwynt.

ACCOMMODATION, FOOD & DRINK From boutique B&B Manor Town House, to 19th Century grandeur at the Fishguard Bay Hotel or the country setting of GelliFawr there’s a variety of accommodation. Camping can be found at Fishguard Bay and Tregroes. North Pembrokeshire offers microbrewery heaven – and the Gwaun Valley has its own eponymous brewery – and brews. Fishguard is home to the innovative Transition Café, committed to reducing food waste by using food other local businesses and households have no use for. Other places to try include Ffwrn, and in Goodwick, Beaches Diner and Farmhouse Kitchen.

NEED TO KNOW Getting There: Fishguard is on the A487/A40 between Newport and Haverfordwest. Parking: Free parking at Lower Town by the Harbour. Pay and Display parking in Fishguard Town at West Street and Parc y Shwt. Goodwick Moor and the Parrog has free parking. Public Transport: Rail services to Fishguard Harbour and Fishguard and Goodwick stations from Carmarthen and Cardiff; The coastal Strumble Shuttle and Poppit Rocket buses serve Fishguard; scheduled services include the T5 to Aberystwyth and Haverfordwest. Stena Line operates the ferry to Rosslare, Ireland

Lower Fishguard

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TENBY/ DINBYCH Y PYSGOD The best of the Welsh seaside all wrapped up in a medieval wall, elegant streets, with plenty of culture and a splash of sporting prowess thrown in, ‘Denbigh the Fish’ has ‘holiday’ nailed. Situated at the western end of the sweeping Carmarthen Bay, Tenby has been on the leisure map since the 1800s, and yet there is so much more to Tenby than simply tourism. Its strategic position made it an obvious place for settlement, and records date back to a settlement in the 9th century. Protected by a medieval wall, the future Henry VII of England sheltered here during the Wars of the Roses, and the town subsequently became an important trading port. Sadly, Tenby experienced a bad ‘Civil War’, changing hands between Royalists and Parliamentarian troops a couple of times; shortly afterwards, plague devastated the town. Tenby slid into decline until the Victorian tourists took an interest in the Welsh coast, and Tenby’s renaissance commenced. The seaside is a ‘given’ at Tenby with a number of Blue Flag beaches to enjoy. If you tire of building sandcastles, you can get your blood pumping with a wide variety of watersports, join the local sailing club as a visitor go climbing at Tenby’s indoor

climbing wall, walk up Castle Hill (home to Tenby Museum and Art Gallery) or visit Caldey Island, inhabited since the Stone Age and now home to a community of Cistercian monks. You can scare yourself silly on a ghost walk or for a more traditionally Welsh outing, visit the Love Spoon South Beach

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Workshop. Tenby has a number of art galleries featuring the work of many fine artists. You can find out what life was like in a Tudor Merchant’s House, imagine yourself back in time as a fisherman praying for safe return at St Julian’s Church, or check out the modern RNLI heros at Tenby’s new lifeboat station.

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Tenby Harbour

ACCOMMODATION, FOOD & DRINK Tenby has plenty of places to stay, from family campsites to top class hotels. Trefloyne Manor offers 4 star accommodation with a golf course, while the Tenby House Hotel is right in the heart of things. Try Broadmead for Boutique B&B or for camping, there’s Windmill Hill Caravan Park or ‘wild camping’ at Skrinkle Bay, Manorbier, and visit Manorbier Castle while you’re there. Tenby has plenty of great place to eat. Try The Bucaneer for pub food or the hidden charms of Plantagenet House. For seafood lovers, why not buy your own, fresh from the fishermen? NEED TO KNOW Getting There: Tenby is on the South Pembrokeshire coast, at the end of the A477 and A478 roads. Parking: Tenby has a number of car parks in town, and limited amounts of on street parking. Public Transport: Tenby has a railway station, and bus links across Pembrokeshire. Dogs: Restrictions apply between 1st May and 30 September on some beaches. South Beach allows dogs all year.

Castle Beach

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ST DAVIDS Great for surfing

The new RNLI boathouse

Stories of saints, the smallest city in the UK, a stunning Norman cathedral and the magical Pembrokeshire coastline – St David’s is steeped in history, yet offers a modern visitor experience with great places to stay and a range of things to do. Although St David is said to have been brought up in Llanon, Ceredigion, he founded the monastery that takes his name on the banks of the River Alun in the 6th Century. The original cathedral

Excellent for Rock Climbing

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was a regular target of Viking marauders, eventually destroyed in 1078, with a new Norman cathedral constructed in its place. A hub for pilgrims, particularly after Pope Calixtus II declared that 2 pilgrimages to St Davids were equivalent to one to Rome, the city received many important visitors and grew rich, but as pilgrimages fell into disrepute, so did the fortunes of St David, only really reviving with improved transport links and the growth of the tourist industry. With a beautiful Norman Cathedral at its heart, St Davids offers a spiritual experience even for non-believers visiting the area. For those Wildlife spotting on one of the many boat trips leaving st David’s

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looking discover the more spiritual corners of Pembrokeshire, why not follow a Saints and Stones pilgrimage. The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park dominates this area. Whitesands Bay offers some of the best surfing in the UK, or head north for coasteering, or Solva for bustling harbour life. Enjoy stunning coastal walks, visiting the well of St Non, or be fascinated by insects at Dr Beynon’s Bug Farm. Browse round the shops and galleries, from handmade glassware, tempting ice creams and handmade chocolates or reading material from St David’s Bookshop. Coasteering


ACCOMMODATION FOOD & DRINK Camp at Glan y Mor or enjoy the youth hostelling experience; B&B at the Coach House or the City Inn, or at Craig y Mor, the most westerly B&B in Wales; or indulge in a hotel: The Penrhiw, Warpool Court and Twr y Felin are all well situated to enjoy St Davids. If you’re self-catering or just after a foodie treat, St Davids Food and Wine is a must, as is meat from Above: Twy y Felin butcher Gwyn Davies and fruit and veg from Peter. For the very brave, the Grub Kitchen offers a memorable place to eat… NEED TO KNOW Getting there: St Davids is at the end of the A487 from Haverfordwest Parking: Car parks at Oriel y Parc, National Park Visitor Centre, Merrivale on Pit Street for the Cathedral and Quickwell Hill; limited on street parking around the town. Public Transport: The nearest rail station is Haverfordwest. Coastal bus services the Strumble Shuttle (to Fishguard) and the Puffin Shuttle (to Milford Haven) serve St Davids. The Celtic Coaster covers the area local to St Davids including Whitesands Bay and St Justinians.

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HAVERFORDWEST / HWLFFORD Enjoy the bustle of a busy county town – enjoy some adrenaline fuelled activities, or a mooch round a castle, browse a farmer’s market, or head to the Pembrokeshire Coast Occupying a strategic position on the Western Cleddau river, it’s no wonder that Haverfordwest has been settled since Roman times if not before. The Earls of Pembroke and latterly Queen Eleanor of Castile, oversaw the construction of Haverfordwest castle in the 13th century, replacing a Norman construction from around 1120. The remains of the castle tower over Pembrokeshire’s ancient county town. We have to thank the fact that the Parliamentarians were low on gunpowder towards the end of the Civil War in 1648 when Cromwell ordered the castle’s destruction. In Elizabethan times, Haverfordwest was the second largest port in Wales, and was the main port in West Wales until the advent of the railway in 1853. Notwithstanding, the town remains an important hub for the county it serves, both for transport links and other community services. As well as being a great base to enjoy the rest of Pembrokeshire, including the stunning Pembrokeshire coast and its beaches Haverfordwest has lots to do in its own right. For castle lovers, of course there’s

ACCOMMODATION FOOD & DRINK Stay at the Wolfscastle Hotel outside Haverford West on the A40.or enjoy the charm of a Grade II listed Georgian town house, staying at the College Guest House. You can camp just outside the town at the Rising Sun Inn. Slebech Park offers elegant dining in a country house setting , while Lost Coins is renowned for its rotisserie pub menu. For those wanting to eat in town, try the Bristol Trader on the Quayside or the Belle Vue Brasserie , full of quirky and antique curiosities. Haverfordwest is home to an award winning Farmers Market – and to Wickedly Welsh Chocolate which is open to visitors.



Picton Castle

Haverfordwest Castle on the banks of the Western Cleddau, which houses the Town Museum in the former Governor’s House and just outside the town, there’s Picton Castle to enjoy. While you’re at Picton Castle, do take time to watch a display by Pembrokeshire Falconry. Wander down the western bank of the river to the ruins of an Augustinian Priory, or for something more energetic (or a rainy day) there’s Hangar 5 Trampoline Park to enjoy. Fans of off road driving can experience the thrills offered by Wood Park Off Road 4x4 driving experiences, while golf enthusiasts are catered for at Mayfield Golf Club. NEED TO KNOW Getting to Haverford West: Haverfordwest is easily accessible from Carmarthen via the A40, and is also connected to the north of the county and Ceredigion and south Pembrokeshire by good road links Parking: There is a variety of town centre parking available for visitors. Public Transport: Haverfordwest is connect by bus to all areas of Pembrokeshire and beyond to Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion. There is also a railway station connecting to Carmarthen and Swansea.

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Seafaring heritage, castles galore, and royal canine connections give you plenty of options in the Pembroke area! Situated close to the Cleddau estuary, one of Pembrokeshire’s main towns, Pembroke has a proud history. Not only the birthplace of Henry VII of England, born in Pembroke Castle in 1457. Pembroke was a Parliamentarian stronghold during Civil War, when Oliver Cromwell sheltered here during the Siege of Pembroke. Although a separate ferry port, Pembroke Dock, grew up in the 19th Century, Pembroke itself was also a dockyard, both in Elizabethan times and subsequently, and was the site of early submarine activity. Pembroke is also the home of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, the Queen’s preferred breed of dog! As we’ve mentioned, no visit to Pembroke is complete without checking out Pembroke Castle – with its enviable position on the Cleddau estuary, find out more about how this Welsh castle shaped many events in British history – or simply admire the views from the 75 foot high Great Keep. If castles are your thing, don’t miss Carew Castle and Manorbier Castle both close by. There are some amazing beaches within reach of Pembroke – get out on the water and learn to surf or experience Stand Up Paddleboarding, at Freshwater West - or ACCOMMODATION FOOD & DRINK Lamphey Court comes equipped with luxurious spa facilities for those needing a little extra help to unwind, while the Lamphey Hall Hotel offers cosy accommodation in an idyllic setting. Just the other side of the Cleddau Bridge, near Milford Haven, you’ll find the Beggars Reach Hotel. For B&B by the beach, Stackpole Inn is right on the coast, close to Barafundle Bay. There’s camping at Windmill Hill Caravan park. Food-wise, the Old Kings Arms Hotel in Pembroke gets good reviews for its food, and those who love a curry should try Pembroke

Pembroke Castle

enjoy the beautiful Stackpole estate and Barafundle Bay, reputedly one of the most beautiful in the world! Pembroke Dock played an important part in the Battle of the Atlantic during WWII - find out more at the Pembroke Dock Heritage Centre. For more details about the maritime history of Pembroke dock, visit the West Wales Maritime Heritage Society based in the historic dockyard itself. Not far away is Milford Haven, famous for its deep water port. This town has played an important role in the history and industrial development not only of Wales but the UK as a whole and offers a variety of interesting places to visit. There’s also a regenerated area of dockland with unique shopping opportunities! Tandoori. For café style breakfast, lunches coffee and cake, head to Food at Williams in Pembroke. NEED TO KNOW Getting to Pembroke: Pembroke is just over the Cleddau Bridge from Milford Haven, and for those travelling from the East, it’s at the end of the A477 from St Clears. Parking: Pembroke has a number of car parks around the town centre. Public Transport: Pembroke is on the national rail network. Scheduled buses serve Milford Haven, Pembroke Dock and beyond.

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stronghold on the Landsker line which notionally divided Welsh-speaking Wales from the English speaking southern areas of the country. These days, Narberth offers a chic destination for fans of independent boutique shopping, vibrant arts and all that is good for food. With its lively arts scene and great venues, including the Queens Hall and Span Arts, the fact that Narberth isn’t by the sea is no drawback. Browse antique centres and independent boutiques for local art, iron work and textiles, bespoke clothes, and gorgeous shoes. Indulge your creativity painting pottery at the Creative Café . Not much is left of Narberth Castle, but visitors can get a flavour of the town at Narberth Museum housed in the old Bonded Stores. Welsh Wine is gaining a name for itself – see for yourself at Cwm Deri, p66, vineyard. And while we’re on the subject of alcohol, why not check out Caffle Microbrewery, p47. Get out into the fresh air at Canaston Woods or enjoy the waterslides and pools of the Blue Lagoon, part of the Bluestone resort. Narberth hosts a popular annual food festival in September and the West Wales Wool Show in October. Quirky chic sums up this elegant market town, a hub for independent boutiques, fine foods and a lively arts scene in the heart of Pembrokeshire Mentioned in the Mabinogion (the earliest British prose literature, compiling stories from the Welsh oral tradition of storytelling) as the location of the court of Pwyll Prince of Dyfed, Narberth later became a Norman

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ACCOMMODATION, FOOD AND DRINK Plas Hyfryd at the top of the town is a popular hotel choice, as is The Grove offering elegant country house accommodation just outside Narberth. You can enjoy B&B at Plas Farmhouse, reputed to be the oldest house in Narberth or stay on a working farm such as Green Grove Farm just 5 minutes from the town. Narberth is a mecca for foodies, with Ultracomida Spanish deli and tapas bar, an award winning butcher selling local meat, and Wisebuys Fruiterers and Fine Foods offering everything from fruit and veg to a great takeaway coffee. Ice Cream lovers need to head to Fire and Ice for artisan ices, plus a range of Welsh ales and ciders. For café style eating, Plum Vanilla serves organic, homemade food with plenty of vegetarian options. Peppercorn Restaurant and Grill is heaven for carnivores offering steaks and burgers or there’s the Market Square Chop House. NEED TO KNOW Getting there: Narberth is just off the A40 trunk road between Carmarthen and Haverford West, and on the A487 from Cardigan. Parking: Limited on street parking; there’s a car park at Town Moor at the top of the High Street. Public Transport: Narberth is on the West Wales line and has a station with trains to Pembroke Dock Carmarthen and Swansea. Regular buses travel to Tenby, Haverfordwest, Cardigan and Carmarthen.


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The harbour of Saudersfoot

Enjoy the seaside, a coastal walk, or dig deep into the industrial heritage of the South Pembrokeshire coast. Away from Tenby, Saundersfoot and Wisemans Bridge occupy the last sweep of Pembrokeshire coastline before you hit Carmarthenshire. Saundersfoot’s harbour was constructed in the early 19th century to export anthracite coal, and by 1839 there were 5 jetties handling coal, iron ore, pig iron and firebricks. As the industry died away, Saundersfoot took advantage of the railway station to encourage tourists to the area. Heading east, the coast was used as part of the D Day preparations. Amroth, once important for anthracite mining, still bears some signs of its industrial past. There are also indicators of a much earlier past, including Neolithic remains. However, the focus of all these places is now very much tourism. The Pembrokeshire Coast Path is on the doorstep here, and many visitors simply want to pull on their boots and get walking. The beaches of the South Pembrokeshire coast are fabulous. Saundersfoot Beach is blue flag rated, and head down the coast path to Coppet Hall. Wander round the harbour or take a boat trip – enjoy ACCOMMODATION, FOOD AND DRINK This part of the Pembrokeshire coast offers a range of accommodation. St Bride’s Spa Hotel is a favourite or check out the Gower Hotel within the village of Saundersfoot. The Wiseman’s Bridge Inn and Amroth Castle both offer a variety of accommodation. Mellieha offers B&B in airy spacious rooms in Amroth, and back in Saundersfoot, try Nythfa Guesthouse. You’ll find the highly acclaimed Coast restaurant at Coppet Hall Beach, and a variety of great eating places from the Beachside Barbecue and the Mulberry Restaurant in Saundersfoot and the Temple Bar Inn at

some fishing, or relax on a coastal cruise. Do more relaxing at St Bride’s Spa – enjoy some pampering in luxurious surroundings. There’s family fun at Folly Farm, home of ‘the Pride of Pembrokeshire’. If you like your excitement a little more adrenaline fuelled, there’s Battlefield Live laser combat, open all year and in all weathers. Colby Woodland Garden is nearby too, perfect for heritage hunting and natural play. The beach at Wiseman’s Bridge is rocky, but don’t be put off visiting – there’s great cycling here in Pleasant Valley following an old railway line to Stepaside Ironworks and Colliery and an insight into the area’s industrial past. Amroth offers another award winning beach (although watch the tides), plus a ruined castle and the remains of a petrified forest, which is uncovered at low tide. For the brave, join in the Saundersfoot New Year’s Day swim. Amroth. Pub lovers have a wide selection to choose from . NEED TO KNOW Public Transport: Regular buses between Tenby and Amroth. ‘Saundersfoot’ station is a mile out of the village with no marked footpath, or onward transport. Parking: The Harbour car park at Saundersfoot, pay and display at Coppet Hall Beach, free parking at Temple Bar Amroth. Dogs: Restrictions apply May to September on some parts of Saundersfoot and Amroth. Coppet Hall operates a ‘voluntary’ dog ban during this period.

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ST BRIDES BAY/BAE SAIN FFRAID SOLVA, NEWGALE, BROAD HAVEN & ST BRIDES From Skomer Island to Ramsay Island, this protected sweep of coastline studded with gorgeous villages is popular with walkers, fishermen and those looking for unspoiled beaches

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With its soaring cliffs, fishing villages and beaches as well as unparalleled sections of the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path, St Brides Bay is a paradise for visitors looking for the kind of ‘getting away from it all’ holiday. The Bay itself is geologically complex, and shows signs of settlement from Iron Ages. Supposedly hosting a UFO landing at Broadhaven in the 1970s, there’s plenty of more traditional folklore weaving through the landscape of St Bride’s Bay – this Solva

ACCOMMODATION FOOD & DRINK St Brides Bay is a mecca for camping, with a variety of sites. From Solva Camping Beachside Newgale Camping the delightfully named Creampots Touring Caravan and Camping Park at Broad Haven and Redlands Touring Caravan and Camping Park. St Brides Bay is dotted with plenty of B&Bs like the Belmont Barn and St Brides Inn and self-catering accommodation such as Trefrane Lodge near Newgale. An area rich in local produce, buy your Pembrokeshire new potatoes from the farm gate at Trehill farm near Marloes, and Solva Seafoods for fresh crab, lobster and wet fish.

stretch of Pembrokeshire coast is rich with tales of shipwrecks and pirates and the chilling story of the first Smalls Lighthouse. The Pembrokeshire Coast Path runs around St Brides Bay, between St Davids and Milford Haven. For those inclined to linger, there’s plenty to see along the way! The harbour village of Solva is home to a bustling quay and high street with galleries and craft shops to browse and cafes to refresh. Explore the oldest working woollen mill in Pembrokeshire or learn to sail. Head towards Newgale, keeping a look out for Green Scar out in the Bay, a popular hunting ground for seafood and mackerel, both for local fishermen and gannets. Newgale offers 2 miles of beautiful Blue Flag beach, a paradise for surfing, and kite surfing. Broad Haven (not to be confused with Broad Haven South further round the coast) has a wide, firm sandy Blue Flag beach at low tide, bordered by cliffs, and with a well-appointed village offering provisions, equipment hire, pubs, and accommodation. The eponymous St Brides, at the southern end of the bay, has a small Norman church and the Grade II listed St Brides Castle, now holiday accommodation amongst its point of interest. NEED TO KNOW Getting to St Brides Bay: from Haverfordwest, follow direction to any of the locations mentioned. Parking: Most of the beaches have car parks Public Transport: The Puffin Shuttle (400 service) runs between St Davids and Milford Haven, stopping at Solva, Newgale, Broad Haven and St Brides as well as other villages and beaches in between. Dogs: Some of the beaches have restrictions for dogs between 1st May and 30 September – check locally before visiting

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CARMARTHENSHIRE Travel over breathtaking mountains, through lush, green landscapes and secluded, ancient forests to the vast expanses of golden sandy beaches. Lose yourself in the solitude of the vast countryside, follow the course of picturesque rivers and visit the stunning locations of our castles. A simply stunning county to visit.


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The Old Gatehouse

ACCOMMODATION FOOD AND DRINK Town centre hotels include The Falcon and the Ivy Bush Royal Hotel and the Spilman. For B&B try Dreamers Halt B&B, Bay Tree Bed & Breakfast just outside the town centre, or a little further afield, there’s the 5 star boutique B&B at Glangwili Mansion. Calon is a great venue for a coffee as is Yr Atom. For something special for lunch or supper, head out to Wrights Food Emporium out at Llanarthne. A Farmers Market takes place on the first Friday of the month, browse Blasus deli for treats, and Waverley Stores offers wholefoods alongside a vegetarian café. NEED TO KNOW Getting to Carmarthen: Carmarthen is a short drive from the end of the M4 at Pont Abraham. Parking: There are a number of well signed car parks – many pay and display, and the pay on foot facility at St Catherine’s Walk/ Public Transport: Carmarthen is a transport hub for West Wales and is well served with scheduled buses. Carmarthen has a railway station with trains to Swansea and Cardiff

For links go to www.yourlocalcrowd/carmarthen

Carmarthen lays claim to being the oldest town in Wales, with a Roman fort dating back to AD75. Known as Moridunum in Roman times, the settlement was renamed Llanteulyddog by the Middle Ages. The name ‘Caerfyrddin’ translates as ‘Merlin’s Fort’ and local folklore has it that Merlin was born nearby. Strategically important, Carmarthen castle and the town itself saw plenty of action during the turbulent medieval period, and also suffered from the Black Death in the 14th century. Carmarthen was the most populous settlement in Wales for a time, until its growth stagnated in the 19th century, a result of the development of the mining towns in the Valleys further east. Carmarthen is the county town for Carmarthenshire and is an administrative, educational and commercial hub for much of West Wales, not just Carmarthenshire. Carmarthen retains a number of important historical features: the Old Gatehouse, the last remains of the castle, dominates Nott Square and the town is home to a monument dedicated to Sir Thomas Picton, who died at the Battle of Waterloo as well as several listed buildings. Alongside high street chains, Carmarthen boasts an indoor market and regular street market. Carmarthen Town Museum is situated in the library, by the River Tywi – or find out more about the spooky side of the town on a ghost walk. There’s 10 pin bowling and a modern cinema showing latest releases. Oriel Myrddin Gallery is the main public funded art and craft gallery for south west Wales, and a little further out of Carmarthen, why not visit Gwili Pottery. For sports lovers, Carmarthen is home to 2 rugby teams. You can play golf, or practice your shooting.

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More than just its castle, Kidwelly has an industrial past to soak up and plenty more besides

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‘Cetgueli’ was recorded as early as the 9th Century AD – the name probably reflecting the fact that the town occupies the site where 2 riverbeds (Gwendraeth Fach and Gwendraeth Fawr) meet – ‘Cyd’ – joint ‘Gweli’ – bed. The Norman invasion saw the establishment of Kidwelly castle, redesigned by Edward I as part of the ‘ring of steel’ oppression of the Welsh, and the ancient town – and the castle – saw plenty of action during the Welsh rebellions led by Owain Glyndwr. The town was an important commercial centre during the 14th century, although fortunes declined as the Gwendraeth Estuary silted up. During the 18th Century, things picked up with the export of coal from Gwendraeth Fawr, and then the establishment of a large brickworks and tin works, although little evidence of this industry remains today. Kidwelly also has a Dylan Thomas claim to fame, giving its name to Captain Cat’s boat the SS Kidwelly in Under Milk Wood.


ACCOMMODATION, FOOD & DRINK 4 star B&B accommodation can be found at Kidwelly Bed & Breakfast. enjoy life on the farm at Kidwelly Farm Cottages where you can self cater or B&B, or make the most of sea views in a holiday chalet. Anthony’s Hotel and The White Lion are pubs offering evening meals, or just outside Kidwelly at Llandyfaelog try the Red Lion. You’ll find café style lunches, teas coffees and cake at Time for Tea and The Gatehouse. Burns Farm Shop at Parc y Bocs offers the opportunity to buy local, seasonal produce as well as to relax with a cup of coffee. NEED TO KNOW Getting to Kidwelly: Kidwelly is connected to Llanelli and Carmarthen by the A484 Parking: There are carparks on Station Road and Bridge Street Public Transport: There’s a railway connection in Kidwelly on the West Wales Line from Carmarthen and Pembroke Dock; some scheduled bus services.

For links go to www.yourlocalcrowd/kidwelly



Kidwelly Castle is well preserved and a must for visitors to the area. Managed by CADW, it is a great example of a ‘motte and bailey’ castle, and was used as a location in Monty Python and the Search for the Holy Grail! St Mary’s church which was originally built in the 12th century and rebuilt in the 14th century after being destroyed by fire, boasts some fine architectural features. The Kidwelly Industrial Museum houses the oldest surviving tinplate works in Europe – at one point, around half of the world’s tinplate production happened in the Kidwelly/Llanelli area – this is your chance to find out more – and it’s free! For nature lovers, there’s the Glyn Yr Afon nature reserve which extends the Llanelli Millennium Coastal Path to the west, home to a wide variety of wildlife – and to one of the largest populations of bee orchids in Wales. Kidwelly is also not far from the National Botanic Garden at Llanarthne. If you fancy a day at the races, you’re not far from Ffos Las racecourse, or book in for a round of golf.

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LLANDEILO A busy market town on the River Taf, Llandeilo has charm, history – and plenty of shopping opportunities! In Welsh, ‘Llan’ often signified a monastery or church, so it’s not really so surprising to learn that the present day parish church of Llandeilo is built on the site of a church founded by St Teilo, a contemporary of St David. While both Llandaff and St David’s lay claim to St Teilo’s body, it’s thought that he was in fact buried in Llandeilo, and the church here became and important ‘mother church’ for the surrounding district. Rather more turbulent is the history of Dinefwr Castle, just outside Llandeilo, home of Rhys ap Gruffydd, one of the early Welsh kings, although there is also evidence of Roman settlements in the area. Developing as an important market town for the area in medieval times, Llandeilo has remained something of a local hub, developing a reputation for high end shopping and still holds a regular local farmers market, as well as 2 prominent festivals. Its high street of independent boutiques is heaven for casual browsers and serious shopaholics alike. If you fancy grabbing yourself an antique or bidding on a bargain, there’s also an independent auction house which holds regular sales, or go along to a chalk paint workshop at vintage gifts and décor ACCOMMODATION, FOOD AND DRINK Boutique style accommodation is available in Llandeilo at The Cawdor or try The Plough at Rhosmaen, just outside Llandeilo. The Cottage Inn offers B&B accommodation, and those keen on glamping will enjoy Ty Cefn Tregib set in secluded woodlands, Bryncoch Farm’s ‘log pods’ (touring campers also welcome!) or for more traditional camping, there’s Llandyfan Camping and Fishing. As you might expect, there’s a wide range of places to eat here including café bistro Le Café Braz wine bar and restaurant The Loft



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Newton House

boutique, The Little Welsh Dresser. Art lovers can visit Fountain Fine Art. For the history buffs, Llandeilo is home to Dinefwr Castle managed by the National Trust. Situated within Dinefwr Park, Newton House is reputedly one of the most haunted houses in Britain - those of a strong constitution can look out for torch-lit tours of the building, organised by the National Trust. 4 miles to the south of Llandeilo is Carreg Cennen Castle managed by Cadw. Llandeilo is home to the Llandeilo Festival of Music and also the Llandeilo Festival of the Senses, a weekend of fun, entertainment and Christmas shopping opportunities held in November each year.

– and the Ginhaus Deli for freshly baked bread, cheeses and plenty of deli produce. NEED TO KNOW Getting to Llandeilo: Llandeilo is on the A483, just off the A40 between Carmarthen and Llandovery Parking: Llandeilo has a number of car parks including free parking on Carmarthen Road Public Transport: Llandeilo is on the heart of Wales railway line, served by trains between Shrewsbury and Swansea. Llandeilo is served by a number of scheduled bus services.

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LLANELLI A busy town with an industrial past, a strong rugby tradition and a new lease of life with access to the coast and regular annual events

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Although Carmarthen is the ‘County Town’, Llanelli is the largest town in Carmarthenshire. Situated on the coast, and with a proud rugby tradition, the town grew significantly as a mining town in the 18th and 19th centuries, important for coal and latterly for tin plate and its steelworks, known as ‘Tinopolis’ during the second half of the 19th Century. The town was also home to a commercial pottery operation between 1839 and the 1920s. Like many other towns in South Wales, the coal and steel industries have declined significantly since the 1970s. The town is now home to a number of manufacturing plants serving the aerospace industry, and to the Felinfoel Brewery. Llanelli is also the base to the Scarlets Rugby Union team which plays at Parc y Scarlets. The town is home to restored Llanelly House an important example of early Georgian

The Llanelli Wetland Centre

ACCOMMODATION FOOD AND DRINK There’s 4 star hotel accommodation at Stradey Park, Coastal Park, and Llwyn Hall with a number of guest houses in the town including Southmead. As you’d expect for a town of its size, Llanelli has a varied selection of places to eat. Try award winning Sosban, Tafarn Morlais at Llangennech, Bahn Mai for a taste of Thailand or Altalia for Italian food. For icecream, head to North Dock, and for pub culture try the Half Moon and the White Lion. NEED TO KNOW Getting to Llanelli: Llanelli is easily accessible from the M4 at Pontarddulais. Parking: The town has a number of carparks Public Transport: Llanelli is on the rail network, with trains to Swansea and Carmarthen. Buses serve Carmarthen, Ammanford, Hendy and a number of other small villages and towns.

For a list of links go to www.yourlocalcrowd/llaanelli



architecture, with Elizabethan and Jacobean roots. It regularly holds exhibitions and is open for private tours. The Parc Howard Museum is situated in an Italianate villa situated in the 24 acre grounds of Parc Howard, which was gifted to Llanelli in 1912. Free to enter, the museum holds a large collection of Llanelly pottery, paintings, portraits and other art works, and artefacts from the local area. Stradey Castle remains in private ownership, but is open for pre-booked Heritage Tours on some days. The Millennium Coastal Path runs from Loughor to Pembrey, 13 miles of traffic free cycling and walking with views to the Gower and Carmarthen Bay. The Discovery Centre overlooking Llanelli Beach is a good place to start! The Llanelli Wetland Centre at Llanelli has a packed calendar of events and it’s a quick hop to the National Botanic Gardens at Llanarthne from Llanelli. Llanelli has a vibrant calendar of events throughout the year including an annual walking festival, a CAMRA organised Beer festival, a classic car and vehicle show and a Christmas Carnival.

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The area around Llandovery was key to the Roman plan to conquer Wales, and is situated on Roman roads heading to a fort just outside what is now Brecon, to Carmarthen and to the Dolaucothi gold mines. The town itself is situated just above the confluence of the River Tywi and Afon Bran and is the site of a Norman castle built in 1110 which changed hands between The English and Welsh several times and was attacked by Owain Glyndwr in 1403. Llandovery received its charter in 1485 from Richard III, and thrived due to its position on the main route between London and Carmarthen. A number of coaching inns remain in the town, testament to its importance as a droving centre. The remains of Llandovery Castle can be found on the banks of the Afon Bran. The town also houses an impressive 16ft stainless steel memorial to Llewelyn ap Gruffyd Fychan who was pressed into service by Henry IV during the rebellion lead by Owain Glyndwr but hoodwinked the king’s troops, allowing Glyndwr to escape. Llandovery is a great place for exploring the Brecon Beacons, located as it is on the western edges of this area. Fishing on the River Tywi is popular here and there is plenty

ACCOMMODATION FOOD & DRINK In Llandovery itself, the Castle Hotel and the Kings Head Inn offer hotel accommodation, and there’s plenty of B&B available: try The Drovers in the Market Square, or for hostel accommodation, there’s The Level Crossing – close to the station! There’s also a couple of convenient campsites in the area. Llandovery is well served with cafes: The Old Printing Office and the Penygawse Victorian Tearooms are worth a visit. Pubs include Neuadd Fawr Arms. Llandovery holds a monthly Farmers Market, perfect for choosing some local produce

Great for off road cycling

of scope for cyclists, both on and off road cycling at Crychan Forest, and it’s possible to hire bicycles here. Like much of Wales, it’s a stunning place to walk, whether you want to stroll along the river or head for the hills. For bird watchers, there’s an RSPB reserve close by too. The Llandovery Sheep Festival held in September is an annual event harking back to the town’s importance in the sheep trade, and the rest of the year, there are plenty of local, independent shops to browse on the high street, and the popular Llandovery Craft Centre. to take home, and a weekly Country Market NEED TO KNOW Getting to Llandovery: Llandovery is on the A40 between Brecon and Llandeilo and on the A483 from Builth Wells. Parking: There’s pay and display parking behind the Tourist information centre on Castle Street, and at the station Public Transport: Llandovery has a railway station on the Heart of Wales line running between Swansea and Shrewsbury. Buses run to Carmarthen and Lampeter.

For links go to www.yourlocalcrowd/llandovery

Gateway to the Brecons, enjoy the wilderness then head back to town for comfortable beds and independent shopping

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A village of 2 parts, playing its part in world history, Pendine is more than just wide flat sands and dunes to explore!

ACCOMMODATION FOOD & DRINK Pendine offers a small selection of accommodation for visitors. There’s the Fourcroft Hotel and the Pendine Sands B&B and the Green Bridge Inn offers B&B. Camping is available at the Pendine Sands Holiday Park and the Grove Caravan Park. There is also a variety of self-catering cottages and caravans available for hire. Eat out at the Springwell Inn, the Coffee Shop or the Point Café. Take the opportunity to explore what’s available further afield too – it’s not far to Laugharne or try the Sporting Chance in Red Roses. NEED TO KNOW Getting to Pendine: Leave the A477 (St Clears to Tenby) at Red Roses and follow the B4314 to Pendine Parking: There’s a big car park at the Museum of Speed behind the beach Public Transport: Buses run between Tenby and Carmarthen, stopping in Pendine. Dogs: Dogs are not allowed between the slip ways between 1 May and 30 September.

indicating activity at the nearby Ministry of Defence range. Pendine is a mecca for ‘wind-traction’ activities including landsailing and kite surfing. There are a couple of outdoor activity centres offering a wide range of adventurous pursuits. The active can join in Pendine Sands Races – a beach based 10k and half marathon, with an ultra marathon – 32 miles combining beach running with off road. If you need to take the weight off your feet, why not go horse riding for a day? ©Sam Jones

With its hill top settlement clustered around the parish church and, down by the sea, a small harbour community, Pendine might be a surprising centre for all the activity that it sees – all centred on the 7 mile stretch of firm flat beach stretching from Gilman Point to Laugharne Sands. Pendine Sands was the centre for land speed record attempts in the 1920s – cars were getting faster and as they were approaching the 150 mph barrier, those looking to push the boundaries of speed were no longer safe on roads and race tracks. The great names of land speed records all collected in this sleepy Welsh village – Malcolm Campbell in Blue Bird, and J G Parry-Thomas with the iconic Babs. More recently, Guy Martin broke the UK record for a bicycle driven in the slipstream of another vehicle, and Idris Elba broke the historic ‘Flying Mile’ record originally set by Campbell, in a Bentley GT Continental. During WWII the sands were acquired by the Ministry of Defence and is still a set for test activities. Today, you can find out more about the ‘golden days’ of the land speed attempts at Pendine Sands at the Pendine Museum of Speed. Visitors can also see Babs – now restored. To see classic cars in action, visit during the Vintage Hot Rod Races weekend. The beach offers 7 miles of firm flat sand to enjoy in the traditional way – sandcastles, paddling, ice cream - although take heed of the warning signs

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Although farming and fishing were the primary occupations of the people living in the area we now know as Burry Port and Pembrey, records suggest that coal mining was established locally as early as the mid 16th century. As the trade grew, coal was transported by river to Carmarthen, followed in the 18th century by a canal and quay. The harbour was built at Burry Port in 1832, with the town growing up around it. The importance of the area received its recognition with the arrival of the railway, which quickly superseded the canal. The decline of the coal industry saw the removal of railway lines up the valley, although the line remains along the coast to Swansea. Amelia Earhart landed here after her journey as the first woman to fly across the Atlantic, although many ships have had a less successful arrival in the area, coming to ground on Pembrey Sands. Burry Port is connected to the Millennium Coastal Park walkway and cycle path. Pembrey Country Park offers a variety of habitats and historical environments to explore – from Cefn Sidan beach to the remains of WWI and WWII munitions factory. There’s also forests and parkland to explore.

ACCOMMODATION FOOD & DRINK Burry Port offers visitors accommodation at the Coasting Pilot Hotel and Caulfield’s Hotel, and there’s the Globe Guest House and Adeline Guest House also in Burry Port. Further afield in Llanelli is a variety of accommodation including The Diplomat. There’s camping in Pembrey Country Park itself. The area offers a good range of places to eat, from the Pembrey Country Inn and the Red Lion, to the Ashburnham Hotel, Whitfords Café Bar and The Penny Black Coffee House. For traditional seaside fare, try Josephs Fish Bar and Café.

Burry Port Beach

Pembrey is home to other activities including a ski slope and toboganning. It’s also a perfect location to ride along the beach on horseback. Pembrey is also home to the annual Welsh Game Fair. Take a stroll around Burry Port harbour, to the lighthouse, enjoy a round of golf on a championship course, or relax at a spa. With Llanelli close by too, there’s plenty to do in the area. NEED TO KNOW Getting to Burry Port and Pembrey: The A484 links Burry Port to Carmarthen and Llanelli. Parking: Burry Port has a number of car parks and there’s extensive parking at Pembrey Country Park. Public Transport: Regular buses link to Llanelli, Carmarthen and Swansea; Burry Port has a railway station on the West Wales Line linking to Carmarthen and Pembroke Dock and, less frequently, to Fishguard and Milford Haven. Dogs: No restrictions on Cefn Sidan beach October to April; 1 mile of the 8 mile beach is ‘dog free’ from May to September.

For links go to www.yourlocalcrowd/burryport

Proud and industrial and military landscapes which have given way to open spaces and leisure pursuits, this part of the Carmarthenshire coast is full of surprises!

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LAUGHARNE / TALACHARN Images © Crown copyright (2016) Visit Wales Laugharne Castle

Soak up the landscape and surroundings enjoyed by Dylan Thomas for the last years of his life, an area rich in history and still offering a unique perspective on life as it used to be.

The view over the estuary

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The Castle of Abercorran (now Laugharne Castle) was built by the de Brian family in the early 12th Century, when grants of land in the area were made to the Flemish whose own lands had suffered extensive flooding. Abercorran became Laugharne

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Dylan Thomas boathouse

when Owen Laugharne of St Brides married Elizabeth de Brian. Laugharne Castle was seized by Rhys ap Gryffudd after the death of Henry II, returning to the Crown’s ownership in the early 13th Century. The castle also played an interesting role in the 17th Century Civil War, Laugharne Castle changed sides a couple of times and was eventually burnt and left in ruins by Cromwell. Laugharne Corporation is one of only 2 remaining medieval corporations in Britain, and Laugharne continues the medieval open field farming system. More recently, Laugharne was the last home of Dylan Thomas, and was the birthplace of Parsons Pickles. Laugharne is more than just castle ruins. There’s a Victorian garden to enjoy, beautiful views of the estuary, and of course the garden summerhouse where Dylan Thomas is known to have written. St Martin’s Church is home to the Laugharne Cross, a stone slab featuring an unusual Celtic cross design. Dylan Thomas’s Boathouse offers the opportunity to experience the place where Thomas experienced his creative renaissance. Follow in the writer’s footsteps on the Dylan Thomas Birthday Walk. The Tin Shed experience occupies a tin shed originally built in 1933, and is dedicated to showing how life was for ordinary people during World War2. Just down the road at Pendine, you’ll find not only a huge beach, but the Pendine Museum of Speed commemorating the location for many early land speed record attempts. Finally, each Spring, Laugharne is home to the ‘wilfully different’ Laugharne Weekend music and literature festival.

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ACCOMMODATION FOOD & DRINK Taking its name no doubt from Laugharne’s original name of Abercorran, the Corran Hotel and Spa Resort between Pendine and Laugharne offers luxurious accommodation, fine dining and a relaxing spa facility. The Boat House B&B is a great base to explore everything the area has to offer, or stay at Thomas’s favourite haunt, The Browns. Broadway Caravan Park offer static caravans for hire with tents & tourers also welcome. Campers are well catered for at Antshill Caravan Park and Nine Acres Caravan and Camping Park. Pick up treats at the Ferryman Delicatessen, or eat at The Cors Restaurant for local, seasonal produce. Arthur’s serves up British and Italian cuisine, The New Three Mariners Inn has featured in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide, and of course there’s fish and chips NEED TO KNOW Getting There: Laugharne is on the A4066 from the A40 at St Clears Parking: There are a couple of carparks in Laugharne Public Transport: The nearest railway station is Carmarthen. Bus service 222 serves Laugharne from Carmarthen.


For links go to www.yourlocalcrowd/laugharne


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This peaceful market town slumbering in the Teifi Valley shows no signs of the turbulence brought by warring lords and mythical creatures – soak up the atmosphere and imagine the past! The High Street

Market Hall

Although not much is left of the Castle, it’s thought to have been built by Maredudd ap Rhys in around 1240 – not so ‘new’ after all! It passed into the hands of the English as part of a group of Welsh castles handed over to Edward the Black Prince in 1343, but was returned to Welsh hands during the Glyndwr Risings led by Owain Glyndwr. The subject of skirmishes in the Civil War, it’s documented that the Castle fell into disrepair at this point. The town has supplied the needs of the local community as a market town for centuries, a role which remains today with regular cattle markets held in the town. It’s also an education centre with primary and secondary schools, and other local services. The castle is ruined, but the area has been well landscaped, with story boards telling the tale of the dragon that visited the town. The market hall has recently been renovated. Large chains stores don’t feature highly on Newcastle Emlyn’s high street. Instead, browse the independent and quirky shops for clothes, indulge

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ACCOMMODATION FOOD AND DRINK The Gwesty’r Emlyn Hotel offers comfortable hotel accommodation at the end of the High Street, or stay in a converted ‘fulling mill’ – Melin Pandy, on the edge of the town. The Welsh Museum of Childhood offers camping, as does Afon Teifi Caravan and Camping just 2 miles from the town. Newcastle Emlyn has a number of great cafes – Ty Croeso, Y Cwtch Coffi, Harrisons and No 11 are all worth a look in. For meals try the Bunch of Grapes, Pachamama, Yasmin’s Indian Restaurant, or the new Bistro at Gwesty’r Emlyn. There’s a very well stocked Riverside Stores health/whole foods shop and café just over the bridge, an independent butchers, and a weekly produce market selling fresh fruit and veg. NEED TO KNOW Getting to Newcastle Emlyn: Newcastle Emlyn is just off the main A484 between Carmarthen and Cardigan. Parking: There is limited on street parking along the high street, and 2 car parks, at the cattle market and near the castle. Public Transport: Regular scheduled buses to Carmarthen and Cardigan serve Newcastle Emlyn. in coffee and cake, even seek out some new plants for the garden. It’s also a good place for antique hunting. Both Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire coastlines and their beaches are easily accessible from the town. Local artist Helen Elliot produces her vibrant, colourful works here visit the studio or join in a workshop. The West Wales Museum of Childhood just down the road is an opportunity to take a stroll down memory lane and revisit toys from childhood, or why not saddle up at Starlight Riding Centre nearby. Newcastle Emlyn holds an annual food festival, and welcomes the Christmas Season with a themed Victorian shopping evening usually in early December.


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TŶ CROESO For links go to www.yourlocalcrowd/nemlyn


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Glorious coastal walks, Dylan Thomas credentials, and a castle to explore in this Special Area of Conservation, the 3 Rivers Estuary where the Tywi, the Taf and the Gwendraeth meet. Llansteffan On the western side of the Tywi estuary, just south of Carmarthen, Llansteffan as a parish incorporated 2 distinct villages, Llansteffan, on the coast, and Llanybri on a peninsula between the Tywi and the Taf estuaries. Llansteffan boasts a Norman castle and the village was an important staging point on the Norman coastal route between Glamorgan and Pembroke. During the 19th and early 20th century, Llansteffan was a popular holiday destination for the Rhondda mining community who arrived by train and then ferry from Ferryside for Miner’s Fortnight. Featuring in some of Dylan Thomas’s work (and home to his mother’s family), to visit Llansteffan is an opportunity to soak up some of Wales’s literary heritage. Park at the Green and head to the beach – there’s one right there, or for the more adventurous, a walk around the headland of Cegin Fach/First Steps and then round Second Steps to reach Scotts Bay – perfect for beach games, great swimming when the tide comes in and, a bonus, good fishing from Second Llansteffan Castle

ACCOMMODATION FOOD & DRINK Llansteffan is home to a number of wellappointed holiday lets: Greenfield Cottage, Bwythyn Cregiau and Tan y Fan Lach Cottages are a small selection. For campers there’s Sunrise Bay Caravan Park or Laugharne View Caravan and Campsite at Fferm Heol Down – there’s also a holiday cottage here. Pantyrathro International Hostel offers budget back packer accommodation with plenty of outward bound activities organised for more adventurous guests. For those looking for hotel accommodation, try the Mansion House restaurant with rooms, and for something different, why not stay in a yurt at Hill View Glamping. Eating out, there’s plenty of choice: Pantyrathro Mansion has a great reputation for fine dining, and the proprietor of Yr Hen Dafarn is reputedly one of the best chefs cooking in South Wales. Then there’s the Inn at the Sticks and the Castle Inn for pub culture – and good food, and The Village Stores and The Beach Shop and Tearoom. And while you’re at the seaside, chips from Florries are a ‘must’. NEED TO KNOW Getting to Llansteffan: Follow the B4312 Llansteffan road from the A40/Johnstown at Carmarthen Parking: Parking at the Green by Llansteffan beach Public Transport: Closest station is Carmarthen; buses every 2 hours from Carmarthen

For a list of links go to www.yourlocalcrowd/llansteffan



Steps – bass and flounder or spin for mackerel later in the summer. Llansteffan Castle occupies the site of an Iron Age fort dating back to the 6th Century. Built in the 12th Century, like many other Norman castles in Wales, Llansteffan has a colourful history to discover. Managed by CADW, there is no entry fee. Llansteffan offers a good base for coastal path walking – the Carmarthenshire coast path at this point offers spectacular views of Carmarthen Bay and the 3 Rivers Estuary, and of the coast from the Gower to Caldey Island. The Tywi Boat Club

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................................................................................................ The mysterious Preseli mountains are home to the Bluestone Brewing Company who are doing great things at their brewery near Newport. Bluestone brews include Bedrock Blonde, Moonstone and Crystal Ruby – something for everyone. Also nestled in the Preselis, Seren Brewing Company offers good beer made “on a small scale with no fancy bells and whistles, just pure ingredients, hard work and distinctive flavours.” Their beers – from seasonal beers such as Winter’s intriguing Crafty Smoke, to the brewery’s recreations of beers – are ‘unfined’ and unfiltered making them suitable for vegetarians and vegans. The Caffle Brewery grew from a crazy idea in a pub one rainy holiday to a brewery outside Narberth where Caffle’s Ales – Skaddly Pluck, anyone? Are brewed. Offering seasonally produced ales as well as the regulars, give them a try. Fishguard is home to the Gwaun Valley Brewery

which not only produces a range of delicious ales, but offers you the chance to stay on site at their campsite or in Brewery Cottage. Founded in 2009, and grown from a passion for home brewing, the brewery is now open to the public. Down in Tenby, the Tenby Brewing Company is on a mission to brew interesting and full flavour beers using the best quality ingredients leaving as little impact on the environment as possible. You can find out how they’re getting on by quaffing their ales – from Barefoot Blonde to Idleweiss – available from local stockists, or hire them to provide a bar at your event! Last but by no means least, based in south Pembrokeshire, the Pembrokeshire Brewing Company occupies what used to be a school in Saundersfoot. With 25 years of combined brewing experience behind them, the range of ales offered by this microbrewery reflect the landscape and heritage around them.

..................................................................................... Nestled in the Cothi Valley is the Jacobi Brewery of Caio – the result of owners David & Justin’s disenchantment with uninteresting and flavourless ales on the market. To try Buzz Light Beer, Red Squirrel or Dr Harries Dark Magic. In Llandeilo, Evans Evans is rather larger than a ‘microbrewery’ – with 4 pubs across Wales – but still worth a mention here for the range of ales they produce.

For links go to www.yourlocalcrowd/local-ales

Perched above New Quay, the Penlon Brewery produces 10 ales. Visit their Tasting Room or buy online – or visit one of their local stockists. In an unassuming unit on an industrial estate in Cardigan, the Mantle Brewery are producing some really delicious ales using traditional techniques and natural ingredients. Beer which tastes like beer should, Mantle’s range is worth sampling (responsibly, of course). Visit their premises on the Pentood Industrial Estate or for those further afield, shop online.



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FAMILY DAYS OUT Attractions, Museums, Boat Trips etc…


VALE OF RHEIDOL RAILWAY Aberystwyth 01970 625819 INTERNAL FIRE MUSEUM OF POWER Castell Pridd, Tanygroes Cardigan, SA43 2JS 01239 811212

A BAY TO REMEMBER Dolphin Watching Gwbert. 01239 623558 SEAMOR DOLPHIN WATCHING BOAT TRIPS Sail House Gifts, John St, New Quay SA45 9NP 07795 242445 CARDIGAN ISLAND COASTAL FARM PARK Gwbert On Sea , Cardigan SA43 1PR . 01239 623 637 CARDIGAN CASTLE Bridge Street, Cardigan, Ceredigion THE MAGIC OF LIFE BUTTERFLY HOUSE CwmRheidol Aberystwyth, Ceredigion SY23 3NB 01970 636697 CURLEW WEAVERS WOOLEN MILL Rhydlewis, Ceredigion SA44 5RL. 01239 851357 FANTASY FARM PARK Llanrhystud , Ceredigion SY23 5DA. 01974 272285 DOLAUCOTHI GOLD MINES Pumsaint, Llanwrda, Carmarthenshire, SA19 8US. 01558 650 177 dolaucothi-gold-mines/ ...................................................... THE WELSH WILDLIFE CENTRE Cilgerran, Pembrokeshire SA43 2TB 01239 621600


THE CREATIVE CAFÉ Spring Gardens Narberth , Pembrokeshire, SA67 7BT 01834 861651 www.thecreativecafe. CAREW CASTLE Carew, Tenby SA70 8SL 01646 651782

CILGERRAN CASTLE Castle Square, Cilgerran, Pembrokeshire SA43 2SF Tel: 01239 621339 html PEMBROKE CASTLE Pembroke SA71 4LA 01646 681510 PEMBROKESHIRE FALCONRY Picton Castle, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA62 4AS 07833 921421 www.pembrokeshire-falconry.

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MANOR WILDLIFE PARK St Florence, Tenby SA70 8RJ 01646 651201 SCOLTON MANOR COUNTRY PARK Bethlehem, Haverfordwest SA62 5QL. 01437 731328 www.culture4pembrokeshire. DYFED SHIRE HORSE FARM Trelew, Eglwywswrw Crymch , Pembrokeshire SA41 3SY. 01239 891107 CASTELL HENLLYS Meline SA41 3UR 01239 891319 THE OVERHANG INDOOR CLIMBING CENTRE Castle Slipway Castle Beach, Tenby Pembrokeshire SA70 7BP 01834 842302

HEATHERTON WORLD OF ACTIVITIES St Florence, Tenby Pembrokeshire SA70 8RJ . 01646 652000 FOLLY FARM ADVENTURE PARK AND ZOO Begelly, Kilgetty Pembrokeshire SA68 OXA. 01834 812731 CAREW CASTLE AND TIDAL MILL Carew Castle, Carew, NR TENBY, Pembrokeshire SA70 8SL 01646 651782 OAKWOOD THEME PARK Canaston Bridge, Narberth, Pembrokeshire, SA67 8DE 01834 815170 HANGAR 5 INDOOR TRAMPOLINE PARK Fishguard Road,

Haverfordwest. SA62 4BY 01437 700555 WICKEDLY WELSH CHOCOLATE FACTORY Withybush Road Haverfordwest SA62 4BS 01437 557122 DR BEYNON’S BUG FARM St David’s, SA62 6BX 07966 956357 BLUE LAGOON Bluestone, Canaston Wood, Narberth SA67 8DE 01834 862410 VOYAGES OF DISCOVERY St Davids, SA62 6SA 01437 721911 SHEARWATER SAFARIS Pierhead Booking Office, Marina, Milford, Nelson Quay, Milford Haven SA73 3BN 07909 577614 | 49

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FAMILY DAYS OUT...continued Attractions, Museums, Boat Trips etc…

DALE SEA SAFARIS Neyland Marina. SA73 1PY 01646 603101 www.pembrokeshire-islands. MELIN TREGWYNT Wool Mill, Castlemorris, Haverfordwest, SA62 5UX 01348 891225 CALDEY ISLAND Tenby 01834 844453 PEMBROKE DOCK HERITAGE CENTRE Meyrick Owen Way, Royal Dockyard, Pembroke Dock, SA72 6WS 01646 684220 HILTON COURT GARDENS & CRAFTS Roch, Haverfordwest. SA62 6AE 01437 710262 TENBY BOAT TRIPS Tenby. 07980 864509


Images © Crown copyright (2016) Visit Wales NATIONAL WOOL MUSEUM Dre-Fach Felindre Llandysul, Carmarthenshire SA44 SUP 029 2057 3070 www.amegueddfa

NATIONAL BOTANIC GARDEN OF WALES Middleton Hall, Llanarthne SA32 8HN 01558 667149 LLANELLI WWT NATIONAL WETLAND CENTRE Llwynhendy Llanelli SA14 9SH 01554 741087 MUSEUM OF SPEED Pendine Carmarthenshire SA33 4NY

01834 844453 wales/home/residents/ theatresartsmuseums/ museums/museum-of-speed DYLAN THOMAS BOATHOUSE Dylan’s Walk, Laugharne SA33 4SD, Wales 01994 427420 www.dylanthomas ABERGLASNEY GARDENS Llangathen SA32 8QH, Wales 01558 668998 KIDWELLY INDUSTRIAL MUSEUM Broadford, Kidwelly, Carmarthen SA17 4LW 01554 891078 kidwellyindustrial

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WELL SPA RETREAT The Well Spa is exclusive for staying guests. From the crystal clean water of the sea surrounding Pembrokeshire, rich in natural salts, to the spring water bubbling from our mountains. Bluestone Resorts Ltd Canaston Wood Narberth Pembrokeshire SA67 8DE 01834 862400 www.bluestone

ST BRIDES HOTEL & SPA On a cliff top overlooking Saundersfoot in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, St Brides Spa Hotel is an oasis of calm with an award winning spa, contemporary restaurant and stylish bedrooms. Relaxed, informal luxury. St Brides Hill, Saundersfoot SA69 9NH 01834 812304 LAMPHEY COURT HOTEL & SPA Standing as a total sensory retreat in the heart of the Pembrokeshire countryside, the Spa at Lamphey Court Hotel is an outstanding spa, offering an unrivalled experience to visitors, alongside a wide range of treatments and therapies. Lamphey, Pembroke SA71 5NT Phone: 0844 387 6074 CELTIC HAVEN Offering tantalising spa treatments, pamper days, holistic therapies and

overnight spa breaks in Tenby, Pembrokeshire. Celtic Haven Resort, Lydstep, Tenby SA70 7SG 01834 871850 ...............................................




THE CLIFF HOTEL & SPA Whether you are looking for an indulgent, relaxing spa break or spa day; or an excuse to escape in a tranquil ambience for the day The Cliff Hotel & Spa will meet your every need and surpass all your expectations. Gwbert, Cardigan SA43 1PP 01239 613241 ..............................................................

CORRAN RESORT & SPA Corran Resort & Spa offers a taste of luxury, hidden in the marshlands of Carmarthenshire. This luxury boutique spa hotel is one of Wales hidden gems. Laugharne, Carmarthenshire SA33 4RS 01994 426 100 01994 427 417

For links go to www.yourlocalcrowd/spa

STRADLEY PARK HOTEL Offering spa breaks, day spa packages, unique bathing rituals as well as individual spa and beauty treatments. Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, SA15 4HA 01554 758171

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FOOD FESTIVALS Food festivals are an increasingly popular way of showcasing all things foodie – and offer a great way to spend a day (or a weekend) enjoying great food, drink and entertainment, with Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire having plenty to offer. And with all the coastline and hills to walk, and the sea to swim in, you can enjoy tasting the best of West Wales without worrying about the calories!

Cardigan Quays. Cardigan’s River & Food Festival has grown to attract thousands of people to the town every year, celebrating the quality and diversity of the superb local independent food producers that abound in Wales.

Aberystwyth Sea2Shore Food Festival Held on the Aberystwyth promenade, Sea2Shore is another great opportunity to celebrate the best that our coastal waters has to offer- and to enjoy the delights of this great town. Facebook

Cardigan Bay Seafood Festival Aberaeron Harbour. established by a group of local fishermen in 1997 to show what fish was available locally

Haverfoodfest A new food festival local to Haverfoodfest proving to be a great success. With past appearances from S4C’s Anthony Evans, and Andy Holcroft from Britain’s first (and only) insect restaurant – based in Pembrokeshire, plus the Little Kitchen to inspire youngsters to broaden their tastes and enjoy healthy eating, and a marquee dedicated to all things fish and seafood, it’s looking like a ‘not to be missed’ event.

Really Wild Food Festival

The award winning Really Wild Food Festival is a true celebration, encouraging everyone to make the most of the countryside – to eat it, cook it, learn about it and play with it. Featuring cookery demonstrations, walks and talks to really get visitors inspired by the countryside and all it has to offer, and plenty of other activities and entertainments, all overlooking the sea, the Really Wild Food Festival offers visitors a great weekend.

Milford Fish Festival This festival usually kicks off Pembrokeshire Fish Week, and takes place in Milford Fish Docks. This family-focussed, fish-themed weekend will include filleting and chef

demonstrations to help you get more confident cooking fish at home, lots of fishy feasts to enjoy from stall holders, a ‘chowder trail’ of local eateries all set against a backdrop of live music.

Pembrokeshire Fish Week Another award winning event that is proudly Pembrokeshire. Celebrating the richness of the county’s coastal waters, the beaches and coastal heritage as well as first class seafood, Pembrokeshire Fish Week features over 250 events across the county, including foraging walks, kayaking tours of the coastline and a wide range of specially devised events showcasing local fish & seafood. home

Crymych Food Festival Offering a variety of local food and drink including meats, cheese, bread, honey, wine and ice cream. The cookery demonstrations emphasise making the most of local produce – a great way to be inspired to try the produce that is available locally.

Narberth Food Festival Usually held towards the end of the summer. This popular town will

For links go to www.yourlocalcrowd/foodies

Cardigan River & Food Festival

and how it could be prepared, this is a great opportunity to learn more about our local fish and seafood – and of course to try it!



Lampeter Food Festival

Cooking demonstration and a wide range of food stalls and entertainment, the Lampeter Food Festival has been running for nearly 20 years and attracts many visitors keen to sample all that is available. www.lampeterfoodfestival.

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CEREDIGION Aberystwyth Farmers Market

Haverfordwest Farmers Market

Held on the King George V playing field, filled to the brim with all things fun and foodie with local producers lined up again to present their fantastic produce to the world. Visitors can enjoy a variety of food demonstrations. This festival also features a popular performance stage which will feature participation from a number of local schools. Facebook

1st and 3rd Sat of each month, 10am– 2pm North Parade, Aberystwyth 01559 571730

Fridays 8.30am–2pm Riverside Quay, Haverford West SA61 2LJ

Aberystwyth Country Market

Wednesdays 10am– 12pm (1st Wednesday of the month only October-April) Jameston Community Hall, Jameston SA70 8QG

Welsh Game Fair

Aberporth Country Market

Newcastle Emlyn Food Festival

While not, strictly speaking, a ’food festival’, the Welsh Game Fair at Pembrey Country Park is notable for its large food hall where visitors can purchase a wide range of Welsh food products to eat on the day.

Dinefwr Food Festival Under the auspices of the National Trust, Newton House and Dinefwr Park, Llandeilo are hosts to a showcase of Welsh food - everything you need to know from growing it, cooking it and eating it. For the price of the National Trust admission (free if you’re a member!), visitors will be able to attend demonstrations.

The Big Cwtch Crugybar, Carmarthenshire. Again, not strictly a ’food festival’ in its own right, The Big Cwtch celebrates the best of Welsh food alongside the best of Welsh music.

The Llandovery Sheep Festival A great way to round off the summer with a heady mix of fun, food and wool. Of course it makes sense to bring everything together and celebrate everything the sheep, so beloved of Wales, gives us. Now, where’s the mint sauce?

Thursdays 9.30am – 12.30pm, Market Hall, Aberystwyth

Aberaeron Farmers Market Wednesdays 9am – 2pm, Alban Square, SA46 0AQ.

Aberaeron Country Market Tuesdays 8.45am– 12.30pm. Peniel Chapel, SA46 0DG Tuesday 8.45am– 12pm. Village Hall, Aberporth SA43 2EL

Lampeter Farmers Market

Manorbier Country Market

Newport Market Mondays 9am– 1pm March – December Market Street, Newport SA42 0PH

Pembroke Country Market Thursdays 9.30 am -1pm. The Town Hall, Main Street, Pembroke SA71 4JS

Tenby Country Market

Fridays 9am– 2pm. Market Street, Lampeter SA48 7DR

Fridays 9am– 12pm. St John’s Church Hall, Warren Street

Lampeter People’s Market

Tenby SA70 7LB

2nd & 4th Saturday of the month, Victoria Hall, Lampeter, SA48 0BU

Llandysul Country Market Fridays 9.30am– 12.30pm. Sacred Hands Spiritual Centre, Llandysul SA44 4BS

Llangrannog Local Producers’ Market Wednesdays, end of May to October Ship Inn Car Park, Llangrannog, SA44 6SL

New Quay Country Market Fridays 11am-12.30pm. Memorial Hall, New Quay, SA45 9QQ

Tregaron Country Market Alternate Tuesdays 9am-1pm. Memorial Hall, Tregaron, SA25 6JL

PEMBROKESHIRE St Dogmaels Local Producers’ Market Tuesdays 9am– 1pm. St Dogmaels Abbey Visitor Centre SA43 3DX

CARMARTHENSHIRE Ammanford Open Air Market Fridays 9am– 4.30pm.

Carmarthen Farmers Market Fridays 9am– 4.30pm. Red Street, Carmarthen

Carmarthen Provision Market Wednesdays 08am– 2pm; Saturdays 08am– 1pm. Market Way, Carmarthen SA31 1QY

Llandeilo Country Market Fridays 8am–12pm. Civic Hall, Crescent Road, Llandeilo SA19 6HY; Last Saturday of month 9am to 4pm Top Car Park, Llandeilo, March to December.

Llandovery Open Air Market Fridays 9am–4.30pm. Market Place, Llandovery

Newcastle Emlyn Country Market Fridays 9.30am–12.30pm. Newcastle

Fishguard Country Market

Emlyn Football Club, New Road,

Saturdays 8am– 1pm. Fishguard

Newcastle Emlyn SA38 9BS

Market Hall, Fishguard

For links go to www.yourlocalcrowd/producers-markets


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ABERAERON GALLERY 01545 570075 Aberaeron Craft Centre, Aberaeron, SA46 0DX

CARIAD GLASS 01559 362972 Cariad Glass, Unit 1 Teifi Units, New Road, Llandysul,

Ceredigion, SA44 4QJ

MWLDAN GALLERY 01239 621200 Bath House Road, Cardigan, Ceredigion, SA43 1JY


Ceri Gwnda, Rhydlewis Cardigan Bay, SA44 5RN

............................................................ THE NEWPORT COLLECTIVE 01239 8210 Penfynnon, East St, Newport, Pembrokeshire, SA42 0HD

ORIEL-Y-PARC 01437 720392 National Park Visitor Centre And Landscape Gallery, High St, Saint David’s, Pembrokeshire, SA62 6NW

JOHN & VICTORIA JEWELLERY 01239 682653 Easter- October Ydlanddegwm, Llechryd Pembrokeshire. SA43 2PP


01970 623232 Aberystwyth University, Penglais Campus, Aberystwyth,

2 Craig Terrace, St Dogmaels, Pembrokeshire, SA43 3JY

Ceredigion, SY23 3DE

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01970 625642 53-, 55-57 Terrace Rd, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion SY23 2AF

CUSTOM HOUSE 01239 615541 44 St Mary St, Cardigan, Ceredigion, SA43 1HA

THE CORN EXCHANGE GALLERY 01239 615554 Guildhall, Cardigan, Ceredigion, SA43 1JL

SCULPTURE HEAVEN April - September 01239 851737

01348 831549 Porthgain, Nr. St Davids, Pembrokeshire, SA62 5BL

STEVE ROBINSON GLASS 01437 721357 Goat Street, St Davids, Pembrokeshire, SA62 6RQ

HARBOUR GALLERY 01834 842370 1 St Julian Street, Tenby, Pembrokeshire, SA70 7AY

ST DOGMAELS ART GALLERY 01239 612677 High Street, St Dogmaels, Nr Cardigan, Pembrokeshire,

SA43 3EJ

WHITE LION STREET ART GALLERY, White Lion Street, Tenby, Pembrokeshire, SA70 7ES

WATERFRONT GALLERY 01646 695699 The Old Sail Loft, Discovery Quay, The Docks, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, SA73 3AF

............................................................... KING STREET GALLERY 01267 220121 33 King Street, Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire, SA31 1BS

HELEN ELLIOTT ART 01239 711735 Tollgate House & Studio, Road, Newcastle Emlyn, Carmarthenshire SA38 9DA

FOUNTAIN FINE ART 01558 824244 115, Rhosmaen Street, Llandeilo, Wales. SA19 6EN

ORIEL MYRDDIN 01267 222775 Oriel Myrddin Gallery, Church Lane, Carmarthen, SA31 1LH


Nant, Cwmpengraig Drefach Felindre, Carms SA44 5HY 01559 371585

THE MAKERS MARK 01239 710070 15 Sycamore Street Newcastle Emlyn SA38 9AP

Usefull links can be found at www.yourlocalcrowd/localart

01559 371608 Diane Mathias Fine Art, Plas Waun, Henllan, Llandysul, Ceredigian. SA44 5TD





You don’t have to rush across London’s Southbank to appreciate the best art in Britain. Many art galleries and special exhibitions across Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire. You can find paintings, sketches, ceramics, photography, jewellery and much more in some of West Wales’ best galleries, which are all on our doorstep! We’ve put together a list of just some of the places where you can appreciate some great artwork.

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01570 493241 Emporium, Llwyngroes, Tregaron, SY25 6QB

THE OLD BAKERY 01239 654725, Sarnau, Ceredigion, SA44 6QS

LD FURNITURE 01239 758239 Units 5 & 6 Pentood Industrial Estate, Cardigan. SA43 3AG

KINGS FURNISHINGS 01239 711058 Beulah Rd, Newcastle Emlyn SA38 9QA

MARC GORDON GUITARS 01559 3702893 Cardigan Trading Post, Grosvenor Hill, SA43 1HY or Emlyn Antiques & Furnishings or Curiosity Antique Centre, Carmarthen

BOOKENDS 01239 614632 Unit 7, The Arcade, High Street, Cardigan, SA43 1HJ

CARDIGAN ANTIQUES CENTRE 01239 614235 Priory Street and Pwllhai, Cardigan, SA43 1BX

................................................. Carnigli Centre 01239 820724 East Street, Newport, Pembs, SA42 0SY

ANTIQUES AND COLLECTABLES AT SOLVA POTTERY 01437 720516 9 Main Street, Solva, Haverfordwest, SA62 6UU

PEMBROKE MARKET EMPORIUM 01646 686894 The Old Market, Main Street,

THE CHAPEL 01646 622174 Eastback, Pembroke, SA71 4HL

ANTIQUES @ THE GREEN 01834 842232 10 The Green, Tenby, SA70 8EY

LILY MATILDA’S ANTIQUES & COLLECTABLES 01834 860067 10 Market Square, Narberth, SA67 7AU

GIDDY AUNT 01834 861335 11 Market Square, Narberth, SA67 7AU


01834 869966 11 Market Square, Narberth, SA67 7AU

THE MALTHOUSE ANTIQUES CENTRE 01834 860303 Back Lane, Narberth

NARBERTH WELSH BLANKETS 07922 551359 14 Market Square, Narberth, SA67 7AU

RUBY REDHEAD VINTAGE CLOTHING 07912 655305 14 Market Square, Narberth, SA67 7AU

............................................................... NEW ROAD ANTIQUES CRAFTS AND COLLECTABLES 01239 710150 New Road, Newcastle Emlyn, SA38 9BA


Rhydowen, Llandysul, SA44 4QB

JEN JONES WELSH QUILTS & BLANKETS 01570 480610 Pontbrendu, Llanybydder, SA40 9UJ

JAMES AND PATRICIA ASH ANTIQUES 01558 823726 The Warehouse, Station Road, Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire SA19 6NG

ALCOVE ANTIQUES AND COLLECTABLES 01994 484724 22 Bridge Street Carmarthen SA31 3JS


01558 822386 135 Rhosmaen Street Llandeilo SA19 6EN

CURIOSITY ANTIQUE CENTRE 01267 231600 19 King St, Carmarthen, Dyfed, SA31 1BH

WORKS ANTIQUE CENTRE 01558 823964 Station Road, Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire SA19 6NH

AUCTIONS & EVENTS TOWY EVENTS 01267 236569 Carmarthen Showground SA33 5DR.The Carmarthen Antiques and Flea Markets

DERWEN ANTIQUES FAIRS 01267 220260 National Botanic Garden of Wales, Carmarthenshire SA32 8HG


01239 712991 New Road Newcastle Emlyn,

01267 233456 Towyside Salerooms Old Station Road Carmarthen SA31 1JN

SA38 9BA



01646 651427 Carew Airfield, Carew Monthly Auctions of Antiques

01545 590319

For links go to at www.yourlocalcrowd/antiques

01970 611234 33 Cambrian Street, Aberystwyth, SY23 1NZ

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CARDIGAN BAY ACTIVE Teifi Wharf, Cardigan, Ceredigion. SA43 3AA 01239 612133 www.cardiganbayactive.

ADVENTURE BEYOND Coedybryn, Llandysul SA44 5LQ 0292 125 2761 0778 712 3761 LLANDYSUL PADDLERS Canoe Club and Outdoor Education Centre Pontwelly, Llandysul SA44 4AA 01559 363209 COLOSSAL ACTIVITIES Capel Bangor, Aberystwyth,

SY23 3LL 01970 880741 CB KARTING WALES Panteryrod, Aberaeron SA46 0HN Phone:01545 580385 SHORELINE OUTDOOR CENTRE MID WALES Nerf Wars, Laser Tag, Airsoft, Archery, Target Shooting 01970 880 541 Mobile: 07974 284 152 ........................................................ PEMBROKESHIRE BATTLEFIELD LIVE PEMBROKESHIRE Llanteg, Pembrokeshire


SA67 8QJ. 07777 671301 www.battlefieldlive CELTIC QUEST COASTEERING Abereiddy Beach, Pembrokeshire 01348 881530

BOARD GAMES Surfing & Paddle Boarding 0777 2221333 KAYAK-KING Lower Town Fishguard 07967 010203 MIKE MAYBERRY KAYAKING 01348 874699

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Images © Crown copyright (2016) Visit Wales MA SIMES OUTSIDE 28 High Street, St Davids SA62 6SD SOLVA SAILBOATS 01437 720972 CARNINGLI CENTRE BIKE HIRE Newport, Pembrokeshire SA42 0SY Tel: 01239 820724 NOLTON STABLES HORSERIDING Nolton, Nr. Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire SA62 3NW 01437 710360

CROSSWELL HORSE AGENCY Crymych, Pembrokeshire SA41 3XF 01239 891 262 www.crosswellridingtrekking. WEST WALES DIVE COMPANY Broadhaven, Nr Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire SA623JE 01437 781457 07813 174707 www.westwalesdivecompany. FLY HELI-WALES Helicopter Flights Haverfordwest Airport Fishguard Road Pembrokeshire SA62 4BN

01437 779944 DRAGON ACTIVITY GUIDES St Davids 01348 841336 THE BIG BLUE EXPERIENCE Newgale House, Flat 1, Haverfordwest SA62 6AS 07816 169359 THE REAL ADVENTURE COMPANY 07421 831462 www.therealadventure Good Trails Standup Paddleboarding 077 84354400 | 57

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TENBY WATERSPORTS Tenby Harbour 07826 306566 SEALHAM ACTIVITY CENTRE 01348 840763 WEST WALES WIND, SURF & SAIL Dale, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire SA62 3RA 01646 636642 PRESELI VENTURE 01348 837709 CAREW KARTING Carew Airfield, Sageston, Nr Tenby, Pembrokeshire SA43 2NW Tel: 01559 384078


TYF St David’s 01437 721611

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................................................. HAWK ADVENTURE Llanarthney Carmarthenshire SA32 8JR 01558 668878 www.hawkadventures. LLANDYSUL PADDLERS CANOE CENTRE Llandysul, Carmarthenshire SA44 4AA. 01559363209

SHAGGY SHEEP WALES Amazing Activity Holidays 07919 244549 01559 363911 WALES ACTIVITY HOLIDAYS 01994 427596 www.welshactivityholidays. QUAD CHALLENGE Pontardulais Rd, Tycroes, Carmarthenshire SA18 3RH 01269 592734 MORFA BAY Pendine Carmarthenshire 01994 453588

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WALKS OF WEST WALES With so many incredible opportunities to walk in West Wales, coastal paths, sweeping beaches, hidden woodlands, impressive hills – it would be impossible to list them all. To give you a flavour of the walking to be had in West Wales, we’ve chosen 2 walks each from Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire, and listed some useful resources to help you find more places to walk.

For our Wales Coast Path Guide with maps visit at www.yourlocalcrowd/coast-path-guide

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LLANSTEFFAN About: A coastal village, a ruined castle and spectacular views across the three estuaries and Carmarthen Bay and plenty of opportunity for a post-walk cuppa or pint – what more could a walker want? Walking: From the beach car park, take the footpath following signs to the castle – the castle grounds allows dogs on leads and is free to enter. Head back to the very quiet road, and follow the path back round which takes you back to the beach. At high tide, follow the headland back to the car park, or walk along the beach. Location: Grid ref. SN355105; OS 1:50,000 Sheet No. 159. Llansteffan is easily reached from Carmarthen via the B4312. Bus 227 operates daily from Carmarthen.

Useful links can be found at www.yourlocalcrowd/coast-path-guide

on the A44 to Esteddfa Gurig between Ponterwyd and Llangurig. Park at SN799841 on the A44, or use the private car park for a fee.


PLYNLIMON FROM ESTEDDFA GURIG About: Head into the wild country east of Aberystwyth, to the highest point in the Cambrian Mountains, near Aberystwyth. Walking: From the farmyard take the metal gate marked “All Walks” to the side of a stream and follow the well-defined path West then turn North up to derelict mine workings. Follow the path left at the waymark, and keep going as the path deteriorates, and then becomes more distinct as you get closer to the summit. Cross the fence at the ladder stile to the dry stone walled refuge and trig point for magnificent 360 views. Location: Grid Ref: SN796840; OS 1:50,000 Sheet No 135. Head east from Aberystwyth

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YNYS LOCHTYN About: A small peninsula jutting out into Cardigan Bay offers the opportunity to see soaring sea birds, seals, and a secret beach. This 3 mile, circular route could be the jewel in the Ceredigion Coast Path’s crown. Walking: Take the steps at the back right corner of the beach by the Caffi Patio Café. Follow the coastal path along the top of the cliffs, passing Cilborth Beach. As Pen y Badell climbs up on your right, Ynys Lochtyn comes in to view on the left. Walk down on to the peninsula (dogs on leads) to enjoy the clifftops and carpets of wild flowers, or carry on the path skirting the base of the hill then turning north. Take the footpath through the Urdd centre, then cross the road heading down the hill and follow the footpath through Pigeonsford woods for about half a mile before turning right on to the B4321 back into Llangrannog. Location: Grid Ref: SN312542; OS 1:50,000 Sheet No. 145; Llangrannog is reached from the A487 at Brynhoffnant. The CardiBach bus serves Llangrannog, X50, 552 and T5 services stop in Brynhoffnant.

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GREEN CASTLE WOODS About: Ancient oak woods and more recently planted mixed woodland just outside Carmarthen. Hay meadows and wet pasture, ponds, a stream and even a waterfall make Green Castle a haven for wildlife and plants, and there are spectacular views over Carmarthenshire. Walking: Use the network of paths across the

site to enjoy everything Green Castle Woods has to offer, or follow the Carmarthenshire Coast Long Distance footpath. Location: Grid Ref. SN391167; OS 1:50,000 Sheet No. 159. Green Castle Woods is located on the B4321 from Carmarthen towards Llansteffan. Follow the road through Johnstown for a further 2.5 miles and the car park is on the right.

THE GOLDEN ROAD About: The Preseli Hills (Mynydd Preseli) form an ever present backdrop to Pembrokeshire, attracting walkers who enjoy the undulating landscape, wild, wide open skies, a landscape rich in ancient sites, and the views – on a clear day as far as Ireland.

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BOSHERTON LAKES (Bosherton Lily Ponds) About: In early summer, these 3 flooded limestone valleys, now part of the National Trust’s Stackpole site, are full of water lilies. If you miss the water lilies, you may still catch a glimpse of an otter or some of the other rich wildlife that can be spotted here all year. Walking: From Bosherton, follow the path left to the lake and over Bosherton Causeway, crossing the western arm of the lakes. Continue to the limestone bluff, (you can detour on your left to the Fishpond Camp, a 3,000yr old coastal fort) and keep following the path, crossing the central arm, then continue to the right. Cross the grassy bridge and continue towards the sea. You can follow the ponds back to Bosherton, head to the beach at Broadhaven, or explore Mere Pool Valley. Location: Grid ref: SR966948; OS 1:50,000 Sheet No. 158. Take the B4319 from Pembroke to Bosherton. The Coastal Cruiser bus service 387/388 Pembroke Dock to Stackpole, serves Bosherton


Walking: The Golden Road is a 7 mile route east to west starting at Foel Eryr (“the Place of the Eagle”). The path passes Pantmeanog Forest to the south, and the highest point in the Preselis, Foel Cwmcerwyn at 1,759 ft. Continue to Foel Feddau, and its Bronze Age burial cairn, the rocky tor of Carn Bica, and on to the Iron Age fortress at Foel Drygarn. The route ends at Llanbainal, 1 mile west of Crymych. Location: Grid Ref: SN166331; OS 1:50,000 Sheet No. 145. The start of the Golden Road is close to Bwlch Gwynt, on the B4329, about 2 miles north of the crossroads with the B4313, and south from the A487 at Eglwyswrw. Park in the car park.

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WHITESANDS A wide beach of fine white sand curving towards the remote rocky headland of St David’s. Considered to be one of the best surfing beaches in the country making it very popular for watersports activities. Surf boards are also available for hire. Patrolled by The RNLI. Dogs are banned from May to September. This beach has plenty of parking, a campsite nearby, a Cafe and shop, a slip way and a first aid post.


ABERPORTH BEACH Good facilities, Car Park, toilets, shops, café are all within easy distance of the beach. Popular with both bathers and sailors, with Life Guards at hand during the summer months. Dog restrictions do apply. ABERYSTWYTH Aberystwyth is a sheltered sand and shingle beach in the middle of Cardigan Bay. With plenty to do for children, such as donkey rides, bouncy castle and children’s rides, including an Edwardian promenade, bandstand and castle, this is a great family beach. Dog

restrictions do apply. Plenty of facilities, such as shops, cafes and restaurants. There is disabled access to the beach along with deckchair hire. Other activities include daily boat trips and various watersports. RNLI Lifeguards patrol the beach. Disabled parking and park

and ride all available. AMROTH BEACH A large sandy beach backed by cliffs with plenty of facilities. A promenade overlooks the beach. Dog restrictions in force dur-

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ing summer. Patrolled by RNLI Lifeguards. Suitable for many watersport activities. Plenty of free parking available. CWMTYDU Once a smugglers cove Cwmtydu is an enclosed and rugged shingle cove to the south-west of New Quay. The beach is dog friendly all year round. Coastal walks via National Trust path overlook Cardigan Bay and the area is well known locally as a great place to spot dolphins and porpoises which tend to populate this stretch of the coast. LLANGRANNOG Llangrannog has a fine sandy beach in a sheltered cove. At low tide you can reach the second beach

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Cilborth beach in a hidden cove. Dogs are not allowed on the beach from May through September. A popular beach with both tourists and locals, a seafront car park can be found at the bottom of the steep River Hawen valley, along with a couple of public houses, beach shop and café. TRESAITH A small sheltered sandy bay, popular with families, with a Life Guard on duty during the summer months. The River Saith falls over the rocks here creating a wonderful waterfall, and is a popular spot for local photographers. After a day on the beach you can finish the day on the terrace of The Ship, perfectly postioned, overlooking the beach and steal a glimpse of the sun setting over the sea, whilst enjoying a cool drink or evening meal. Dogs are restricted to a section of the beach between 1st May and 30th September. There is also Firstaid, Shops, Cafe, Slipway, Disability, Toilets, limited parking.

MWNT A picture perfect beach and until recent years, a little known hidden gem of the Welsh coastline. It’s not an easy beach to find or access but a delight once reached. It has a large car park, kiosk selling

refreshments and toilets. The beach itself is reached by steep steps and is sheltered by the cliff surrounding it. Alternatively you could take a short cliff top walk and marvel at the spectacular views over Cardigan Island. Again a popular spot for Dolphin spotting. A 15th century church sits proudly on the hillside and is still in use today. Dogs are not permitted on beach 1st may to 30th sep.



One of Pembrokeshire’s most stunning beaches, with golden sands backed by sand dunes. Owned by The National Trust, this isolated beach coupled with clear seas make the beach a natural beauty spot. Dog friendly and served well with facilitiesin the car park. Parking is at Stackpole Quay with access to the bay via a 1km path leading from the car park, then a steep cliff path. BROADHAVEN BEACH A sandy beach with excellent views across St Brides Bay. A safe bathing beach which is popular with families . There are dog restrictions over the summer months. Patrolled by RNLI Lifeguards, with plenty

GUIDE | BEACHES of car parking spaces. COPPET HALL BEACH A sandy beach with good facilities, with a great walk to neighbouring Wisemans Bridge beach through a cliff tunnel. It is also home to the restaurant Coast, sat proudly above the dunes overlooking the sea. There is plenty of parking available although it is pay and display. DRUIDSTONE HAVEN BEACH A secluded beach with steep cliffs. A long sandy and pebble beach. Dog friendly all year, but the beach has no parking facilities FRESHWATER EAST & WEST A large sandy beach backed by dunes. It is claimed this secluded beach was a haunt for smugglers. Now popular with water sports enthusiasts and local fishermen. Local amenities include a holiday park and Freshwater East village. Dog friendly with plenty of parking.

MANOBIER A sandy beach surrounded by cliffs and dunes, it has been described as one of the most beautiful spots in Wales. A beach extremely popular with bathers and surfers, and sometimes overcrowded in the summer. Good facilities are provided, with a viewing platform for wheelchairs, disabled toilets along with pubs and shops all reasonably close to the beach. Dog friendly with parking for just over 150 cars. | 63

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ABERPORTH BEACH Good facilities, Car Park, toilets, shops, café are all within easy distance of the beach. Popular with both bathers and sailors, with Life Guards at hand during the summer months. Dog restrictions do apply.

ABERYSTWYTH Aberystwyth is a sheltered sand and shingle beach in the middle of Cardigan Bay. With plenty to do for children,

such as donkey rides, bouncy castle and children’s rides, including an Edwardian promenade, bandstand and castle, this is a great family beach. Dog restrictions do apply. Plenty of facilities, such as shops, cafes and restaurants. There is disabled access to the beach along with deckchair hire. Other activities include daily boat trips and various watersports. RNLI Lifeguards patrol the beach. Disabled parking and park and ride all available. AMROTH BEACH A large sandy beach backed by cliffs with plenty of facilities. A promenade overlooks the beach. Dog restrictions in force during summer. Patrolled by RNLI Lifeguards. Suitable for many watersport activities. Plenty of free

parking available. CWMTYDU Once a smugglers cove Cwmtydu is an enclosed and rugged shingle cove to the south-west of New Quay. The beach is dog friendly all year round. Coastal walks via National Trust path overlook Cardigan Bay and the area is well known locally as a great place to spot dolphins and porpoises which tend to populate this stretch of the coast. LLANGRANNOG Llangrannog has a fine sandy beach in a sheltered cove. At low tide you can reach the second beach Cilborth beach in a hidden cove. Dogs are not allowed on the beach from May through September. A popular beach with both tourists and locals, a seafront car park can be found at the

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September. There is also Firstaid, Shops, Cafe, Slipway, Disability, Toilets, limited parking. MWNT A picture perfect beach and until recent years, a little known hidden gem of the Welsh coastline. It’s not an easy beach to find or access but a delight once reached. It has a large car park, kiosk selling refreshments and toilets. The beach itself is reached by steep steps and is sheltered by the cliff surrounding it. Alternatively you could take a short cliff top walk and marvel at the spectacular views over Cardigan Island. Again a popular spot for Dolphin spotting. A 15th century church sits proudly on the hillside and is still in use today. Dogs are not permitted on beach 1st may to 30th sep.


bottom of the steep River Hawen valley, along with a couple of public houses, beach shop and café. TRESAITH A small sheltered sandy bay, popular with families, with a Life Guard on duty during the summer months. The River Saith falls over the rocks here creating a wonderful waterfall, and is a popular spot for local photographers. After a day on the beach you can finish the day on the terrace of The Ship, perfectly postioned, overlooking the beach and steal a glimpse of the sun setting over the sea, whilst enjoying a cool drink or evening meal. Dogs are restricted to a section of the beach between 1st May and 30th

BARAFUNDLE BAY BEACH One of Pembrokeshire’s most stunning beaches, with golden sands backed by sand dunes. Owned by The National Trust, this isolated beach coupled with clear seas make the beach a natural beauty spot. Dog friendly and served well with facilitiesin the car park. Parking is at Stackpole Quay with access to the bay via a 1km path leading from the car park, then a steep cliff path. BROADHAVEN BEACH A sandy beach with excellent views

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DRUIDSTONE HAVEN BEACH A secluded beach with steep cliffs. A long sandy and pebble beach. Dog friendly all year, but the beach has no parking facilities

FRESHWATER EAST & WEST A large sandy beach backed by dunes. It is claimed this secluded beach was a haunt for smugglers. Now popular with water sports enthusiasts and local fishermen. Local amenities include a holiday park and Freshwater East village. Dog friendly with plenty of parking. MANOBIER A sandy beach surrounded by cliffs and dunes, it has been described as one of the most beautiful spots in Wales. A beach extremely popular with bathers and surfers, and sometimes overcrowded in the summer. Good facilities are provided, with a viewing platform for wheelchairs, disabled toilets along with pubs and shops all reasonably close to the beach. Dog friendly with parking for just over 150 cars. NEWGALE One of the best Pembrokeshire beaches for power kites and sand buggying, with a beach over 2 miles long. Popular for bathing when calm, although strong winds can bring large breakers onto the beach. Ample parking with 3 car parks along with disabled parking. Shops, cafes and toilet facilities are located at both ends of the beach.

Whether you are looking for a family day out, some heritage and culture, coastal adrenalin activities or to simply to put your feet upon one of our gorgeous beaches, our coastline has something for everyone. If you are not one to sit still why not explore some of these beautiful beaches whilst walking. So dig out those walking boots and get out for a blast of fresh air and embrace all that the Wales Coast Path has to offer on this great circular walk. Other suggested walks can be found at www. CWM YR EGLWYS TO PWLLGWAELOD This is a walk I take regularly to blow away the Sunday morning cobwebs and is a favourite of mine. At 142 metres or 465 feet above sea level, the walk over Dinas Head will certainly get the heart pumping and can be hard going in places but the views are worth the effort. It’s circular walk, not too long and has a great pub & restaurant at Pwllgwaelod, The Old Sailors, for that rewarding pint of prawns and some real ale. This pub was apparently visited by Dylan Thomas at least once or twice!

Useful links can be found at www.yourlocalcrowd/coast-path-guide

COPPET HALL BEACH A sandy beach with good facilities, with a great walk to neighbouring Wisemans Bridge beach through a cliff tunnel. It is also home to the restaurant Coast, sat proudly above the dunes overlooking the sea. There is plenty of parking available although it is pay and display.


A wide, flat footpath suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs links the two coves, I’ve walked with members of my family who have all enjoyed the day out with some of us taking the more challenging path over Dinas head, with others members of the party taking the flat footpath, for us to meet at the Old Sailors at Pwllgwaelod for a bite to eat. Cwm yr Eglwys has plenty of rock pools to explore and is a lovely sheltered beach. I did my first offshore scuba-dive here as a child with my father, so it holds many fond memories. The beach at Pwllgwaelod is small sheltered and sandy, great for the little members of our group. Difficulty: easy/moderate/difficult Map: (map 63-68)

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across St Brides Bay. A safe bathing beach which is popular with families . There are dog restrictions over the summer months. Patrolled by RNLI Lifeguards, with plenty of car parking spaces.


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WINES OF WEST WALES Wales – a land of lush green countryside and stunning coastlines, a land of cockles, lava bread and cawl. And, it would seem a land of wine! There really is no excuse to not get out and discover some of our homegrown Welsh Wine. Although you might not traditionally associate Wales with wine, vineyards were first planted here by the Romans. The Wine Standards Board noted 22 vineyards in Wales in September 2015 – and 3 of them are situated here in West Wales.

Further south, into Pembrokeshire, we find Cwm Deri Vineyard & Estate at Martletwy. Since opening to the public in 1992, Cwm Deri has become a popular Pembrokeshire visitor attraction, and even has its own campsite for those wanting to spend longer in a Welsh vineyard! Estate wines include a sparkling wine and 2 other white wines and are available online or from the onsite shop, along with a wide range of products including fruit wines and preserves. If you’re visiting the vineyard, you can also enjoy a meal at the restaurant. The third vineyard on our wine trail of West Wales is just over the border near Whitland, Carmarthenshire. Jabajak Vineyard, Restaurant & Rooms not only offers award winning The White House wines from the vineyard which was first planted in 2007, but a 5 star restaurant and accommodation too. The first vintage house white – a careful combination of Phoenix and Seyval grape

grown on the vineyard’s south facing slopes won acclaim, receiving the Welsh Vineyard Association’s silver award. A sparkling rosé is hotly anticipated!




Ceredigion is home to Llaethiliw Estate Vineyard. Situated on the coastal plain between the foothills of the Cambrian Mountains and the coast, just outside Aberaeron, this enterprise has grown since the first 5,000 vines were planted in May 2009. Run by Richard and Siw Evans who grew up locally, in Teifi and Aeron valleys, LLaethiliw now grows 4 varieties of grape: Solaris, Orion (both white) and Rondo and Regent which are red grape varieties. White, red and rosé wines are available through the online shop – both white and rosé wines recently won bronze awards at the UK Vineyard Association awards.

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West Wales is not only home to these successful vineyards. For those who like their booze locally produced, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire offer a treasure trove of tipples. Celteg offer a wide range of fruit wines, liqueurs and vinegars, using local ingredients where possible – such as abundant elderflowers which grow on the doorstep of their Winery in Henllan, Ceredigion.

And finally…for gin lovers, why not explore the small batch gin distilled at the Da Mhile distillery nestled in the Ceredigion countryside near Llandysul. Producing a range of spirits from the renowned (and delicious) seaweed gin, an orange liqueur (great with bubbles!), and the organic single grain malt whisky which kicked the distillery off in the first place, this is worth seeking out to enjoy (responsibly, of course)!

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You may already have discovered that in many parts of West Wales, Welsh is commonly spoken, and not just ‘for show’. It’s fair to say that the Welsh language has been successfully reinvigorated, and is now celebrated and spoken widely in West Wales. Pronunciation guide Welsh has its own alphabet, which misses out some letters from the English alphabet, and includes ‘letters’ you won’t recognise if you speak English. On top of this, many of the letters you recognise from the English alphabet are pronounced differently in Welsh. A, b, c, ch, d, dd [th], e, f [v], ff [f], g, ng, h, I, j, l, ll, m, n, o, p, ph, r, rh, s, t, th, u, w, y There are no letters ‘k’ ‘q’ ‘v’ ‘x’ or ‘z’ in Welsh. Useful Welsh Phrases Please - os gwelwch yn dda [os cwe-luk un tha] Thank you (very much) Diolch (yn fawr iawn); No thankyou - Dim diolch Good morning - Bore da Good afternoon - Prynhawn da Good night - Noswaith da How are you? - Sut wyt ti? Hi there! - Shwmae! Where is…? - Ble mae…? How much is….? - Faint yw…..? When is (the next bus)? - Pryd mae’r (bws nesaf)? What is (the time)? - beth yw (‘r amser) Something to eat and drink rhywbeth i’w fwyta neu yfed fish & chips - pysgod y sclo-

dion ice cream - hufen iâ sandwich - brechdan cup of tea - paned o de breakfast - brecwast lunch/dinner - cinio supper - swper Places to go - lleoedd i fynd beach - traeth river - afon sea - môr cliffs - clogwyni hill - bryn church - eglwys school - ysgol public footpath - llwybr cyhoeddus coast path - llwybr yr arfordir shops - siopau theatre - theatr cinema - sinema hotel - gwesty pub - tafarn museum - amgueddfa gallery - oriel public toilets - toiledau cyhoeddus (ladies - marched; gents dynion) Sport - Chwaraeon rugby - rygbi (You won’t need to talk about any other sport in West Wales…) The Weather - y Tywydd When will it stop raining? Pryd y bydd yn rhoi’r gorau i bwrw glaw? What will the weather be

like tomorrow? - Beth fydd y tywydd yfory [Beth veeth y t-ow-ith iv-ory] It is raining - Mae’n bwrw glaw [My-een booroo glaw] Will the sun come out later? A fydd yr haul yn dod allan yn nes ymlaen? Place names West Wales towns and villages are often known equally by their Welsh and English names. Don’t be caught out asking for directions to the place you’re already at (although you wouldn’t be the first…!) Cardigan – Aberteifi St Davids – Tyddewi New Quay – Cei Newydd Carmarthen - Caerfyrddin St Dogmaels – Llandudoch Kidwelly - Cidweli Newport – Trefdraeth Newcastle Emlyn – Castell Newydd Emlyn Fishguard – Abergwaun Laugharne – Talacharn Tenby – Dinbych y Pysgod Llandovery - Llanymddyfri HaverfordWest – Hwllfordd Whitland - Hendy-gwyn Pembroke – Penfro Pembrey - Pen-bre Milford Haven – Aberdaugleddau Pendine - Pentywyn St Brides Bay - Bae Sain Ffraid | 67

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