Exploring South Wales

Exploring South Wales

By Oliver Goffe

09 Mar , 2016  

0 comment

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. 

Dylan Thomas's house perched above Carmarthen Bay


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. 


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. 



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! 



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.

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!



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)

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.

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.

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!



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)

Join the conversation

All comments are monitored before approval, please fill all fields marked with an asterisk

LATEST JOURNAL ENTRIES

  • Nature Versus Nurture

    By Stephanie Holland

    With the long-awaited 2020 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony kicking off at 8pm BST tonight, I caught up with Scottish sailor Luke Patience from his Tokyo hotel room to discuss the making of an Olympian.

  • Where The Wild Swimmers Are

    By Stephanie Holland

  • As Free As The Birds That Circled Above

    By Oliver Goffe

    Inspired by the world of seafaring and navigation, and a British sailor who captured the hearts of millions. Introducing the Solent collection...

View More Articles