On Day 2 we traveled from Llanelli to Pembroke, about 120 miles again. Here are some of our more interesting stops.
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A bit of grey start to the day at Burry Port. Here with the view out to sea, behind us a small harbor town and rolling green hills.
Kidwelly Castle, quite impressive for a little town. The first of several castles today!
Carmarthen, the oldest town in Wales, also had a castle. Looked quite similar to Kidwelly, at least from the front, don’t you think? I thought I had a been here as a kid, but then realized I had it muddled with the much more impressive Caernarfon Castle in North Wales.
Further down the west side of the River Towy we reached Llansteffan Castle, a pleasant 10 minute walk up from the beach car park. Great views from the top across to Ferryside and Carmarthen Bay.
And back down at the car park, great views again across the beach and the bay.
Further west we reached Laugharne, the final resting town of Dylan Thomas. An impressive castle for a small town, sitting next to the River Taf.
At Pendine Sands the Lifeguards had put up this fun notice board.
Pendine Sands is most famous for its land speed records in the early 1900. Babs is the most famous car, and is displayed in the Museum of Speed by the beach. Sadly its driver (Parry-Thomas) was killed when the car crashed during a land speed attempt in 1927. The car was buried in the sand dunes, and was later dug up and lovingly restored. Look at that engine!
At Saundersfoot, one of the most popular tourist towns in Wales, we looked over the beach. Full of families enjoying the milder late afternoon weather, as now the clouds had started to clear.
Cute wollen bollard covers in the streets of Saundersfoot, don’t ask me why, but they brightened up the streets.
We loved Tenby, and a bonus, we found a street with my name…. but I’m no saint.
Fresh Tenby fudge being prepared. Another bonus.
Colourful Tenby houses, and boats all neatly anchored in the peaceful harbour.
Then we heard the emergency signal call for RNLI crew, and a few minutes later a lifeboat was launched. Hope all was OK.
Around the corner we found the beautiful Manorbier Bay, and posed for some road trip selfies…
The National Trust owned Stackpole Quay was full of families enjoying the evening sun, playing about in the sea.
We climbed down the ladder to reach the second bay.
An evening picnic with great views!
Back in the car park we noticed this beach books trailer. We are not sure exactly how it works but we guess that during the day you can borrow books from this, like a mobile library. If so, what a great idea.
A renovated seaweed hut at Freshwater West. Yes, new to us too! Apparently used in the early part of last century to dry seaweed that was used to make Welsh lava bread.
Warm evening sunlight as the sun started to set at West Angle Bay.
Pembroke Power Station viewed across the fields from Angle to Pembroke. It was quite a contrast to the landscape we had seen so far, but here it somehow looks organic, growing out of the bushes at the edge of the field.
Pembroke Castle in the evening light, our final castle of the day!
Final shot of the day from Pembroke Dock across to wind turbines at Milford Haven.
Welcome to our first blog post. Day one of our seven week British Coastal Road Trip.
Today we started in Cardiff and drove 120 miles along the beautiful Welsh coastline to Llanelli.
Here are some picture highlights of our first day on the road!
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Map ready in Cardiff for our Coastal Road Trip!
Beach chairs in front of the impressive Wales Millennium Centre, bit optimistic considering it was about to rain…
Penarth pier and pebble beach, a quiet little town across the Cardiff Bay.
The cute little St Lawrence church, where we found two friendly resting locals, who pointed us in the direction of the coastal path to Lavernock Point.
Marconi sent the world’s first ever radio messages across water at Lavernock Point in 1897. Sadly the building was abandoned and overgrown, but we found this plaque on the church wall.
The view across to Flat Holm, and our first Lighthouse on this trip! It’s in the Severn Estuary, 3-4 miles away from Lavernock Point, so a bit of grainy pic.
A great surprise as The Red Arrows roared over our car as we drove into Barry Island.
Nash Point Lighthouse, our 2nd lighthouse – yay! And its antique foghorns (looked scarily loud).
Surfers at Rest Bay, near Porthcawl, one of the best surfing beaches in Wales, but looked especially cold today!
After briefly checking out the German Beer Festival in Swansea, we headed south around Swansea Bay to view Mumbles Pier and Lighthouse (love that name… Mumbles).
…and back at the Mumbles Head Car Park, a big apple selling ice cream… curious.
After exploring some of the beaches along the Gower Peninsula we ended up at the stunning Rhossili Bay. A National Trust site, but it was early evening by the time we arrived, so all the visitors had left for the day, so we had the place to ourselves!
And final pic of the day down a short path from Rhossili to view Worms Head.