Laugharne & Pendine
Laugh away writer’s block at Laugharne
Dylan Thomas Boathouse, Laugharne
If it is inspiration you are looking for Laugharne is the cat’s (Captain Cat’s) whiskers. Apologies to the genius of Dylan Thomas but anyone with a poetic soul cannot fail to be inspired by the black boat bobbing shore’s of Laugharne overlooked by the world famous boathouse where so many of the great man’s creations were inspired and penned. Dylan lived in the Boathouse with his family for four years before his untimely death in 1953 in what was his golden period of literary creations. And this wooden structure is renowned around the world for it literary and romantic association with the great poet.
The Laugharne township that wins global attraction is a higgledy piggledy array of properties nestling in a crook of mountainside that tumbles to the sea. Get your wandering walking boots on because there is so much to see, wonder and ponder on with the great man’s words from masterpieces like Under Milk Wood fresh in the mind. Dylan drank at Brown’s Hotel which attracts you like a moth to see the light and scan for the characters that come to life in so many of his works. The locals tirelessly enthuse at their icon of the literary world celebrating in style his posthumous 100th year. Just a short and emotional walk above the village is the graveyard of St Martin’s Church where Dylan and his wife Caitlin are buried.
Sands of Speed and Blue Bird seas
Museum of Speed, Pendine
Carmarthenshire has a relatively short golden coastline but arguably boasts the best beaches of all. Pendine is a hard back motorway of a flat seven-miles of straight sands revered for the land speed record breaking exploits of both Malcolm Campbell in Blue Bird and JG Parry-Thomas in Babs. There’s a museum that captures this glorious history where Babs herself is displayed after having been lovingly restored.
The western end of Pendine is flanked by a cliffed rugged coastline that has a footpath that is part of the all Wales Coastal Path studded with hill forts with spectacular vistas over Carmarthen Bay running for just over four miles to the cove of Amroth. The flora fauna and skies full of sea birds soften the rugged beauty and disguise the military evidence of this World War two training exercise ground.
Get the woodlands 'feel good' factor
Green Castle Woods is a haven of tranquillity that has three ancient woodlands set around a recently planted native woodland and meadows. It is easy to get to and car parking is free. Way-marked trails through the woodland and flora and fauna rich landscape help you breath in the feel good factor and have reasons for living.