West of Swansea

The full beauty of Wales starts to unfold as the visitor heads west out of the city. Swansea Bay and The Mumbles offer desirable tasters of what is to come before reaching Carmarthen Bay. Jutting out into The Bristol Channel is The Gower Peninsular. A delightful area of gorse downs, the home of Swansea airport, a golf club and villages dotted around with sandy beaches on three sides. Newton, Oxwich, Port Eynon, Rhossilli and Broughton Bay, flanked by Whitford Burrows. The north coast faces The Loughor Estuary and is famous for the shell fish of the area. Penclawdd cockles are very well known. Crossing the estuary brings the visitor to Llanelli, home to Felinfoel brewery, much recommended by the writer. Just to the west is a new wetlands nature reserve. Through Burry Port and on towards Kidwelly and the castle but for those who enjoy the finest of beaches, Pembrey is a must. Set in acres of unspoilt woodland and dunes, The Pembrey Country Park has it all. A ski slope, a toboggan run, horse riding, pitch and putt golf, shops, picnic and barbeque areas, toilets and even a miniature railway before you even get to the beach! A vast expanse of sandy beach with dunes behind and clear sea in front. Car parks allow easy access to most of this beach. It is ideal for children because of the large area of flat sand. For the dedicated walker the beach, dunes and forest are ideal. The far right hand end of the beach is well known to naturists. It is unofficial so please treat it with respect.

Cefn Sidan, Pembrey

Cefn Sidan, sands and dunes.

It is from here that Pendine Sands across the Tywi Estuary may be seen but to get there you must travel north to Carmarthen and on to West Wales.


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