Carmarthenshire’s varied landscape offers all kinds of cycling experiences, from gentle routes along the coastline to the more challenging, hilly trails through the countryside. Cycling offers a great way of seeing the county, especially when you include some breaks along the route to take a breather, enjoy a tasty treat or to discover the rich heritage and culture of the county. If mountain biking is more your thing, head into Brechfa, Cwm Rhaeadr or Crychan Forest where you’ll find natural and man made trails. These are great for an energetic off road biking experience in a beautiful setting
The Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail twists and turns its way through the most breath-taking coastal scenery in Britain. It is one of the smallest of the UK’s National Parks but don’t let the size fool you, you’re at the gateway to a range of stunning landscapes. The quality coastline is backed by hills, estuaries, valleys and woodlands that allow you to discover something different.
While the coastline may be the headline act, it’s backed by a stellar supporting cast and although nowhere in the National Park is more than ten miles from the sea, there’s far more to explore than you may think.
Keeping Faith is filmed in Wales, predominantly around Laugharne – a town on the south coast of Carmarthenshire famous for once being poet Dylan Thomas’ home. Overlooking the estuary, Dylan lived in a boathouse with his family from 1949 to 1953. The Boathouse is now a museum, while near the main house is a cliff-top garage known as his writing shed. You can peer through the window to see his desk and writing materials, as if Dylan himself has just popped out and will return to write a poem at any minute.
CASTLES & HERITAGE
West Wales’s landscape is peppered with everything from mysterious prehistoric tombs to medieval castles and Celtic religious shrines. Pembroke Castle and Carew Castle are probably the finest castles in Pembrokeshire whilst Cilgerran Castle probably commands the most dramatic location perched high above the Teifi Gorge. Llawhaden Castle was a fortified Bishop’s palace rather than a true castle with panoramic views from its battlements. Picton Castle is a cross between a medieval castle and a fortified manor house. Built in the 13th century by Sir John Wogan, it’s still occupied today by his descendants. Manorbier Castle is a Norman baronial residence overlooking the beach. It was described by Gerald of Wales as ‘the pleasantest place in Wales’.