Tag: Carmarthenshire Coast Path

Carmarthenshire Coast Path, day 9

June 13, 2015 0 Comments
Carmarthenshire Coast Path, day 9

10:50am. A bus stop on the coast road in Amroth. The Silcox Coaches bus, ten minutes late, trundles round the corner from the hill into the village. Its driver, a middle-aged woman whose accent doesn’t sound local, brakes reluctantly for us. Our first crime is to stand on the wrong side of the road. Which […]

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Carmarthenshire Coast Path, day 8

June 8, 2015 2 Comments
Carmarthenshire Coast Path, day 8

The castle walls glow in the morning sun. Below, the shoreline car park is almost full, with a small market selling bric-à-brac and small plants. But within minutes the four of us are on our own, on the path round Sir John’s Hill. This is an old trail, but the local marketing experts have rebadged […]

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Carmarthenshire Coast Path, day 7

May 30, 2015 2 Comments
Carmarthenshire Coast Path, day 7

A cloudy, cool morning, but the beach car park at Llansteffan is already filling with dogs and children and older citizens tying up the laces of their walking books. Flying in the face of commercial self-interest, the Beach Shop and Tea Room won’t be open for another hour, so C, J and I set off […]

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Carmarthenshire Coast Path, day 6

April 24, 2015 0 Comments
Carmarthenshire Coast Path, day 6

A cloudless, still mid-April morning in a miraculous week of constant sun. We’re in St Clears, four of us, for a short and gentle stroll down afon Tâf to the sea at Laugharne, castle to castle. The castle at the southern end of St Clears is a toy one just off the road – a […]

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Carmarthenshire Coast Path, day 5

April 11, 2015 0 Comments
Carmarthenshire Coast Path, day 5

Carmarthen town: a sunny morning at the end of a spell of hot spring weather. The three of us walk from the car park, along King Street and down Quay Street, with its blue plaques commemorating the eccentric historian George Eyre Evans and the young Egyptologist Ernest Harold Jones. Two hundred years ago Quay Street […]

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Carmarthenshire Coast Path, day 4

March 28, 2015 2 Comments
Carmarthenshire Coast Path, day 4

We join J. at Swansea station, on the two-carriage train to Carmarthen. A British Transport Police officer paces our carriage. Maybe coastal walkers, with their clumpy boots and aggressive waterproofs, rank only just below Cardiff City fans on the BTP Travelling Troublemakers Index. But we reach Ferryside, a request stop, without challenge. It’s a cool, […]

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Carmarthenshire Coast Path, day 3

February 6, 2015 0 Comments
Carmarthenshire Coast Path, day 3

Early February, a glum cold morning. Like three dormice at the mouth of their hole, twitching their whiskers and sniffing the winter air, we emerge from our car on the edge of Kidwelly for a modest early year ramble. C. wears industrial strength gloves, J. a woolly hat advertising an Irish stout. It’s not half […]

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Carmarthenshire Coast Path, day 2

December 7, 2014 2 Comments
Carmarthenshire Coast Path, day 2

A cold, still morning in Burry Port. The sun, they say, will shine all day. The four of us are the only people in the car park without dogs to share our walk. Feeling inadequate, we hurry on to the path, joining it at the point where the huge Carmarthen Bay Power Station once stood. […]

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Carmarthenshire Coast Path, day 1

November 30, 2014 0 Comments
Carmarthenshire Coast Path, day 1

Loughor is a frontier town. Now just an extension of ‘greater Gorseinon’, it was once a place of more importance. The Romans planted an auxiliary fort on its headland, commanding the mouth of the river. The Normans built a small castle on the same spot, with the same intention – securing the invaders and depressing […]

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