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Carmarthenshire Coast Path

If you’re planning a walking holiday in Carmarthenshire then you will be delighted to discover that the county now has a continuous route all the way along its coast. There are terrains to suit all abilities including surfaced paths and wonderful stretches of sand.

It all started with the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, opened in 1970 and a great success in attracting visitors to the area as well as a valuable recreational facility for locals. That section of the path now runs for 186 miles along the edge of the county, linking with the more recent Ceredigion Coast Path to the north and Carmarthenshire Coast Path to the east. All are part of the Wales Coast Path which runs for 870 miles all round the Welsh coast.

Carmarthen Bay is one of the most important conservation areas in Wales. Running from Telpyn Point near Pendine in the west to the Loughor Estuary in the east, the new trail, opened in 2012 as part of the Wales Coast Path, allows visitors to explore varied and interesting stretches of coastline. Many of these run alongside the magnificent estuaries of the Taf, Towy and Gwendraeth Estuaries. Some lament that the path has to be forced inland due to the meeting of these estuaries in a wide channel which is not bridged; however, if you consider the banks of these fascinating tidal rivers to be part of the coast, then your walk is all the richer for it, especially as you also get to pass through a sizeable market town - Carmarthen, the county town.

The beaches on the way are glorious and varied: Pendine and Cefn Sidan sit opposite each other at the mouth of the 3-river estuary, vying for supremacy as major stretches of sand stretching way, way into the distance. Llansteffan and Laugharne have beaches as well as picturesque villages and their ancient castles are an additional attraction. Do take care when walking on these beaches, as the tide advances very fast and can catch you unawares.

A major regeneration project in the area around Llanelli has allowed former industrial land to be transformed into parks and lakes with many miles of surfaced paths which are level for much of the way, allowing cyclists as well as walkers to benefit from the great outdoors and explore the foreshore and woodland along the way.

For bird watchers, the Carmarthenshire Coast Path has to be one the most exciting areas in Wales, and, of course, you’ll know that winter is the time to spot a huge variety of waders and wildfowl as they gather to feed on the mudflats and marshes. As well as our own pages on Bird Watching in West Wales, there is a great book by David Saunders called Where to Watch Birds in Wales, which gives detailed tips for the more experienced birder.

Our guide to walks in the area does not yet include the linear stretches of the coast path, but you can find out more about these sections on the Discover Carmarthenshire website.

Holiday cottages near the Carmarthenshire Coast Path

If you are looking for somewhere to stay nearby, take a look at our holiday cottages near the Carmarthenshire coast.

Walks

Bynea to Discovery Centre

Area: Llanelli County: Carmarthenshire
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A walk which offers a break for great food. The route follows the Millennium Coastal Park's cycle and walking path.

  • Coastal
  • Cafe/Pub
  • Coastal Path Section
  • Distance: approximately 6 miles
  • Time: approximately 3 hours
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Carmarthen to Llansteffan

Area: Carmarthen County: Carmarthenshire
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From Carmarthen to Llansteffan, this walk goes via lanes and farms on the Llansteffan Peninsula and coastal path for the final section,

  • Coastal
  • Cafe/Pub
  • Coastal Path Section
  • Distance: approximately 12 miles
  • Time: approximately 6 hours
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Ferryside to Carmarthen

Area: Carmarthen County: Carmarthenshire
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From Ferryside you will follow the river Tywi, country roads and paths before reaching the centre of Carmarthen.

  • Coastal
  • Coastal Path Section
  • Distance: approximately 9 miles
  • Time: approximately 4 hours, 30 minutes
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Laugharne circular

Area: Taf Estuary County: Carmarthenshire
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From Dylan Thomas' Boathouse along the Taf estuary, back towards Laugharne, where you can either stop or carry on along Dylan Thomas' Birthday walk through woodland and back along the coastal path. The woodland section can be muddy and slippery so please take care.

  • Circular
  • Coastal
  • Cafe/Pub
  • Coastal Path Section
  • Distance: approximately 5.5 miles
  • Time: approximately 3 hours
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Laugharne to Amroth

Area: Taf Estuary County: Carmarthenshire
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A very scenic coastal walk with views across beaches and out to sea

  • Coastal
  • Cafe/Pub
  • Coastal Path Section
  • Distance: approximately 10 miles
  • Time: approximately 5 hours
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Llansteffan to St Clears

Area: Taf Estuary County: Carmarthenshire
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This part of the path from Llansteffan to St Clears passes a castle and National Trust farmland.

  • Coastal
  • Cafe/Pub
  • Coastal Path Section
  • Distance: approximately 10 miles
  • Time: approximately 5 hours
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Loughor Estuary Walk

Area: Llanelli County: Carmarthenshire
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From Bynea on the Loughor estuary, walk the Millenium Coastal Path to the old harbour at Pembrey. Passing the National Wetlands Centre, you will have a great opportunity to spot birds and other wildlife.

  • Coastal
  • Cafe/Pub
  • Coastal Path Section
  • Distance: approximately 11 miles
  • Time: approximately 5 hours, 30 minutes
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St Clears to Laugharne

Area: Taf Estuary County: Carmarthenshire
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This part of the path follows the river Taf and passes Dylan Thomas' boathouse

  • Coastal
  • Coastal Path Section
  • Distance: approximately 5 miles
  • Time: approximately 2 hours, 30 minutes
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