The Telegraph – The Grove of Narberth

Saturday 21st – Sunday 22nd August

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The Telegraph – The Grove of Narberth

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1. Day #1
Day 1, Saturday

Drive from home to Narberth

Overnight @
Grove of Narberth (bed and breakfast provided)

Address: Grove, Molleston, Narberth, Pembrokeshire

SA67 8BX

 

Check-in: 15:00

Check-out: 11:00

 

Evening meal: 8:00PM at the Fernery at The Grove
Please enjoy the 8-course tasting menu and alcohol with you meal should you want it. Your bill will be settled by us.

 

Optional activities:

 

Visit the Dylan Thomas Boathouse

Parking: There is no vehicular parking at the boathouse and customers will need to park at the FREE car park in Laugharne town, a 10 minute walk from the boathouse: The Strand, Laugharne, Carmarthenshire SA33 4SS

Address for the Boathouse: Dylan's Walk, Laugharne, Camarthenshire, SA33 4SD

 

Info:
It’s almost impossible to mention the town of Laugharne without mentioning ‘Dylan Thomas’ in the next breath. He is synonymous with the place – he lived here, loved here, drank in many of its pubs and is buried in the graveyard of St Martin’s Church. And no visit to Laugharne is complete without a pilgrimage to The Boathouse, where Dylan lived with his wife and family in the last years of his life. On your way to it, you’ll pass the writing shed overlooking the Taf Estuary, where Thomas wrote his famous radio drama, ‘Under Milk Wood’.

 

Important note: If you would like to visit inside the Boathouse, this will need to be booked in advance. If you don’t feel the need to go inside, you can walk the coastal path by the boathouse and be rewarded with views across the estuary.

 

Additional walk:

Dylan Thomas penned Poem in October on his thirtieth birthday, and the work traces his own walk from his house around the beautiful part of Wales he had come to love: ‘My birthday began with the water’, he wrote. Take the two-mile Dylan Thomas Birthday Walk yourself and explore Laugharne’s rich history, while appreciating views over the estuary, Boathouse, the Gower Peninsula, north Devon, Caldey Island and Tenby.

 

Visit Pendine Sands

Address and parking: Pendine Car Park, Marsh Road, SA33 4PF
(paid parking, you might need change)

 

Info:
This 11km-long stretch of beach is celebrated for its history of land speed records. Malcolm Campbell set the world land speed record here in Blue Bird in 1924. His grandson, Don Wales’, set the electric land speed course record in 2000. And in May 2019, a Porsche 911 set a new course record of 338.50km/h. The areas you can drive on are limited now, but whether you’re a petrolhead or not, Pendine Sands will hold a special place in your heart.

Thrill-seekers will find plenty of other adventures here that’ll raise pulses including land yachting, sea kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding or if you like your horsepower more literal, feel the wind in your hair on an invigorating horse ride along the surf line.

 

2. Day #2
Day 2, Sunday

Breakfast provided at Grove of Narberth.

Check-out: 11:00

 

Optional activities:

 

Visit one of the Tywi Valley Gardens

 

Address for the National Botanic Garden of Wales: Llanarthne, Carmarthenshire, SA32 8HN

Parking on site.

Entry fee is £12.50. Open from 10am – 6pm.

 

Address for Aberglasney Gardens: Llangathen, Carmarthenshire, SA32 8QH

Parking on site.

Entry fee is £9.75. Open from 10am – 5pm.

 

Info:
Two very different but equally appealing gardens compete for your attention in this part of Carmarthenshire.

The National Botanic Garden of Wales is a 560-acre complex that opened in 2000, with a range of themed gardens and the world’s largest single-span glasshouse among its attractions. By comparison, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d wandered onto the set of a period drama at Aberglasney Gardens. Its formal walled gardens date from Elizabethan times with a unique cloister garden at its heart.

 

Visit Kidwelly Castle

 

Address and parking: Kidwelly Castle, Castle Rd, Kidwelly SA17 5BQ
Entry fee is £5.40 (this should be booked in advance)
Open from 10am-6pm.

 

Info:
Kidwelly’s Norman castle, set on the banks of the River Gwendraeth, is one of the finest preserved examples in Wales. Look out for the arches through which rocks could be thrown onto the unsuspecting enemy below. Monty Python fans will recognise the castle from the first scene of Monty Python and The Holy Grail. Kidwelly’s Kymer Canal is the oldest in Wales, constructed in 1766. Originally built to transport coal out of the town, it’s now a wildlife haven and pleasing walk.

 

Drive home

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