Carmarthen, South Wales

   

Picturesque countryside along the valley of the River Tywi from Carmarthen to Llandeilo. One can still find fishermen using coracles to catch salmon on the Tywi and Teifi rivers.

It is also a land of legends ranging from the ancient - Merlin, in Arthurian legend, cast spells here - to the modern - Dylan Thomas spent much of his life at Laugharne - below is the boathouse where he did much of his work

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And further details of the towns and villages follow

Amroth The start point of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path - which runs for 168 miles west and north round spectacular cliff scenery.

The town itself has two sand and shingle beaches, where at low tides the petrified remains of a 1000 year old forest can be seen

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Carmarthen The name means in Welsh "Merlin's town" as the wizard  was believed to have been born here.

The ruined Norman castle overlooks the town, which in turn overlooks the River Tywi. The oldest book written in Welsh, by monks in the abbey, the Black Book of Carmarthen, is now in the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth

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Carreg Cennan Castle Carreg Cennan Castle   has a full write up of this 14th century Norman fortress a few miles south of Llandeilo.
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Laugharne An ancient town, with a charter dating from 1307, with a castle and harbour. However it is best known for its association with Dylan Thomas, who lived for 16 years in the Georgian Boathouse overlooking the River Taf, writing many of his poems in the garden shed! He is buried in the local churchyard
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Llandeilo A pleasant town on the  River Tywi. Here you will find Dinefwr Park owned by the National Trust. Spenser wrote poetry about the area (Faerie Queen), but today you are more likely to meet a fisherman than a poet
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Llanelli Llanelli grew with the industrial revolution, coal and iron were the mainstay of the town for a century. Now with the decline of heavy industry, the town is having to look elsewhere for a role
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Llanstephan Scenic village overlooking the confluence of the Taff and the Tywi in Carmarthen Bay. It has a ruined Norman castle, and overlooks another castle, Kidwelly, on the other side of the Tywi
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Newcastle Emlyn A busy market town and centre for salmon fishing on the River Teifi

There are the ruins of a 15th century castle, and the first printing press in Wales was set up here in 1718

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Pembry A town tucked behind five miles of sand and dunes - the Pembry Burrows. The Burrows have been partly planted with trees by the Forestry Commission

Amelia Earhart, when she became the first woman to fly the Atlantic in 1928 (with two men - her solo flight was in 1932), landed near here.

Pendine A seaside resort, known for its 5 mile long  firm sands. Sir Malcolm Campbell broke the world land speed record on the Pendine Sands in 1924 at 146 m.p.h
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Land of  legends, poets and mountains - Carmarthen , South Wales