West Wales


The beauty of the Welsh coastline continues into West Wales. With the town of Carmarthen as a starting point the road to Pendine Sands passes through Laugharne where The Boat House was the home to Dylan Thomas. Pendine Sands are famous for many attempts on the world land speed records especially those of "Bluebird". The holiday resorts of Saundersfoot and Tenby are the gateway to South Pembrokeshire where stunning beaches such as Freshwater East and West along with the lesser known Barafundle Bay contrast with the tank training range of Castlemartin and Pembroke, Pembroke Dock. Stackpole, Bosherston Ponds and St. Govans Head are all well worth a visit. A boat trip from Tenby to the monastery at Caldey Island is a worthwhile day trip as is the purchase of the monk's products, the profits of which finance the upkeep of the island.

From Pembroke Dock across The River Cleddau to Neyland then Milford Haven, one of the largest deepwater ports in the World. Two routes north to Fishguard are available, the straight road through Haverfordwest and the coastal alternative.

The inland route to Fishguard and the more direct coastal route take the traveller via Haverfordwest, where the inland A40 and the coastal A487 split. Beaches to the south west are plentiful along the coastline of this part of The National Park. The islands of Skomer and Skokholm are homes to many birds including Puffins as well as seals. Broadhaven and Newgale run up the western edge where it is met by the road from Haverfordwest. Then onto St. David's, the magnificent cathedral and Ramsey Island.

Manorbier Castle

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