90. Carmarthen to Burry Port

This was to be a single  long day with a drive down from Shropshire to walk the 23 miles between Burry Port and Carmarthen. I had  decided to park the car at the train station car park, but was flummoxed when the pay and display machine was not working. I was very sceptical about this as an excuse for not displaying a ticket, so I paid an extra 90p and paid £3.20 in the nearby NCP car park. Well it was better than a £60 quid fine!

Above the Afon Towy looking back to Carmarthen
Above the Afon Towy looking back to Carmarthen

I started walking about 7’o clock in the morning, so most of Carmarthen was still asleep as walked out along roads and lanes. Gradually climbing and still with a hazy view  looking back to Carmarthen I passed through the quiet  village of Croesyceiliog. The path eventually went off road and I was pleased to find that the ground had begun to dry out a bit since I was last walking in the area a few days beforehand.

Interesting sculpture at Ferryside
Interesting sculpture at Ferryside

Even though the weather was chilly,, it was sunny and the walk had a definite feel of spring about it. Before I arrived at Ferryside I passed through a farm where problem dogs had been reported, so I came prepared with dog biccy’s  aplenty. One of the canine fiends, an elderly Labrador came out and continued to follow me barking a good 100 metres up the lane. He was’nt interested in the biscuit! The walk out of Ferryside saw the WCP  shoot inland, I was not interested in that so I decided to stay on the smaller coastal route, which offered good views and was closer to the coast.

Dry Ski slope at Pembrey Park
Dry Ski slope at Pembrey Park

I passed through Kidwelly, visiting the old Quay as I left. I was then walking along the main road before turning in into the old Pembrey airfield. After what seemed like an age walking along dead straight concrete pathways I emerged onto the Cefn Sidan sands . The walking was easy along the sands marked with a small cliff line of dunes. There were a few people on the beach, but quite a few more in land around the dry ski slope as well as the huge parkland area of  Pembrey. I had to get my skates on as I approached the Pembrey harbour as I wanted to get the 14:29 train to Carmarthen, I managed to get there with 10 mins to spare. 7 hours for 23 miles was good going, just the 128 mile back to Telford now!

Burry Port harbour
Burry Port harbour

Distance today = 23 miles
Total distance =   1371 miles


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