Proud industrial and military landscapes which have given way to open spaces and leisure pursuits, this part of the Carmarthenshire coast is full of surprises!
Although farming and fishing were the primary occupations of the people living in the area we now know as Burry Port and Pembrey, records suggest that coal mining was established locally as early as the mid 16th century. As the trade grew, coal was transported by river to Carmarthen, followed in the 18th century by a canal and quay. The harbour was built at Burry Port in 1832, with the town growing up around it. The importance of the area received recognition with the arrival of the railway, which quickly superseded the canal. The decline of the coal industry saw the removal of railway lines up the valley, although the line remains along the coast to Swansea. Amelia Earhart landed here after her journey as the first woman to fly across the Atlantic, although many ships have had a less successful arrival in the area, coming aground on Pembrey Sands.
Burry Port is connected to the Millennium Coastal Park walkway and cycle path. Pembrey Country Park offers a variety of habitats and historical environments to explore – from Cefn Sidan Beach to the remains of a WWI and WWII munitions factory. There are also forests and parkland to explore and Pembrey is home to a variety of activities, including tobogganing, dry skiing and riding along the beach on horseback. Pembrey is also home to the annual Welsh Game Fair. Take a stroll around Burry Port harbour to the lighthouse, enjoy a round of golf on a championship course, or relax at a spa. With Llanelli close by too, there’s plenty to do in the area.
ACCOMMODATION FOOD & DRINK
Burry Port offers visitors’ hotel accommodation at the Coasting Pilot Hotel and Caulfield’s Hotel, and there’s other accommodation at the Globe Guest House and Adeline Guest House, also in Burry Port. Further afield in Llanelli, you’ll find a variety of accommodation including The Diplomat and there’s camping in Pembrey Country Park itself. The area offers a good range of places to eat, from the Pembrey Country Inn and the Red Lion, to the Ashburnham Hotel, Whitfords Café Bar and The Penny Black Coffee House. For traditional seaside fare, try Josephs Fish Bar and Café.
NEED TO KNOW
Getting to Burry Port and Pembrey: The A484 links Burry Port to Carmarthen and Llanelli.
Parking: Burry Port has a number of car parks and there’s extensive parking at Pembrey Country Park.
Public Transport: Regular bus links to Llanelli, Carmarthen and Swansea; Burry Port has a railway station on the West Wales Line linking to Carmarthen, Pembroke Dock and, less frequently, Fishguard and Milford Haven.
Dogs: No restrictions on Cefn Sidan Beach from October to April; dog ban on the main beach from May to September but follow the ‘dogs for the beach’ signs and there’s room to walk them on another part of the beach.
Pembrey Country Park http://www.discovercarmarthenshire.com/pembreycountrypark/index.html 01554 742 424
Pembrey Park Riding Centre http://www.pembreyparkridingcentre.co.uk/ 01554 835191
Ski Pembrey http://www.discovercarmarthenshire.com/active/skiing.html 01554 834443
Welsh Game Fair http://welshgamefair.com/ 07785 975773
Ashburnham Golf Club http://ashburnhamgolfclub.co.uk/ 01554 832269
Machynys Monks Spa http://www.machynys.com/healthclub-and-spa.html 01554 744888
Coasting Pilot Hotel http://www.coastingpilothotel.co.uk/ 01554 833520
Caulfield’s Hotel http://www.caulfieldshotel-burryport.co.uk/ 01554 832288
Globe Guest House http://www.globe-guesthouse-burryport.co.uk/ 01554 834891
Adeline Guest House http://www.adelineguesthouse.co.uk/ 01554 832 407
The Diplomat http://www.diplomat-hotel-wales.com/ 01554 756156
The Red Lion https://www.facebook.com/red-lion-pembrey-108891319143092/ 01554832724
The Pembrey Country Inn http://www.thepembreycountryinn.co.uk/ 01554 834530
Ashburnham Hotel Restaurant http://www.ashburnham-hotel.co.uk 01554 834343
Whitford’s Café Bar http://www.whitfords.wales/ 01554 832211
The Penny Black Coffee House 01554 832535
Josephs Fish Bar and Café https://www.facebook.com/JosephsFishBarAndCafe 07977 007303
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