Continuing my rehabilitation following my knee operation today’s walk was to be longer and include some rougher ground. The plan was to catch a bus to Llansaint and walk back to Carmarthen using the Wales Coastal Path.
We parked our cars in Morrisons and caught the 0923 bus to Llanelli which went via Llansaint – a free ride courtesy of our bus passes.
This route would all be new to me as I had never been to Llansaint before and had not walked on this side of the Tywi estuary either.
The village of Llansaint put me in my mind of a small Cornish fisherman’s village with narrow streets and cwtched in around the church. The history board shows the village was famous for its cockle women despite it being on a hill and a fair way to the sea.
A potted history can be found on the link below.
We were on the look out for the Wales Coast Path logo, which on the whole were visible on the route but with a number of annoying omissions.
Our first stretch took us along a path leading to Pengay Farm which had an impressive bell in the courtyard gateway – mention of this in the wiki notes above.
Looking out to sea we had views of the Gower and Worm’s Head and carried on along footpaths which lead into a hidden valley and then on to Ferryside and its beach.
In days gone by one could catch a ferry to Llansteffan on the other side of the estuary where there are fine remains of a castle.
Our walk continued along a quiet lane and footpath to join another lane near Cwmburry. This lane was followed to the ruined farm of Pentrecwm and into the woods where the map shows “Hydraulic Ram”. This was either some experiment to do with sheep or more likely water, but we did not see it.
On we went through Towy Castle now a care home and no evidence of a castle. There were some expensive cars in the car park and if belonging to the owners I cannot see my sons placing me here!
At the end of the footpaths we came across the most attractive style I have seen, probably because it leads into a garden, but it is the path.
We came across a place name and an adjacent warning sign which made me chuckle.
More footpaths, some quite muddy, led us to a green lane and eventually to a minor road which led us to Croesyceilog and then back to our cars on the outskirts of Carmarthen.
Not a bad test for the knee as the distance was about 10 miles and the ground was quite rough in places with some ups and downs. We are off to Brecon area on Thursday for further testing!