Exploring South Wales

March 09, 2016

Dylan Thomas referred to this part of the world as the fields of praise which filled him with inspiration, and we can see why. This part of Wales is breath-taking, with its pretty coastal towns and endless beaches, it's hard to leave. 

As one of Wales’s greatest writers, Thomas became an iconic figure for aspiring poets and literature lovers all over the world. He lived and worked in the sleepy seaside town of Laugharne, in a small, modest boathouse with a clifftop writing shed which had spectacular views of Bae Caerfyrddin, or Carmarthen Bay to you and I. 

Dylan Thomas HouseDylan Thomas's house perched above Carmarthen Bay

The town of Laugharne lies on the estuary of the River Tâf and is beautifully picturesque. And it's here, in the shadow of Laugharne Castle, that you come across some more recent history, in the form of some forgotten yet beautiful seagoing vessels. 

Forgotten vessel

A few miles up to road from Carmarthen Bay you come across the quaint seaside town of Tenby, famous for their pastel coloured houses - more French Riviera than British Isles! 

Tenby

On the amusingly named Upper Frog Street, don't miss out on a trip to Top Joe's where you'll be delighted with artisanal pizza and cheerful service. And no trip to the seaside is complete without an ice cream - and you'll find just that and more at Cadwaladers, where their ice cream recipe dates back to 1923.

Across the bay from Tenby is a sandy outcrop the Welsh should be exceedingly proud of as it recently won Britain's Best Beach. Rhossili Bay Beach curves along an arc running northwards from the village of Rhossili and is around five kilometres in length. 

Rhossili Beach

At the southern end of the Bay is the small tidal island of Worm's Head which is only accessible at low tide. Speaking of which, it's possible to see the tortured wrecks of several ships when the tide is out, victims of the gales around the Gower coast. 

And when you need to lay your head, a short drive north from Rhossili you'll find the cosy homestead of Glangwili Mansion, which also happens to be the home of a rather impressive and magnificent Eagle Owl. You'll have to visit to see what we mean!

Glangwili Mansion

If you haven't yet visited the fields of praise then we highly recommend you do - perhaps you'll find inspiration to put pen to paper yourself. 

Mwynhau!
(That's 'Enjoy!' in Welsh)





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