The Pendine area
Please note Pendine is currently undergoing a Tourism Attractor project which includes a new Sands of Speed Museum being built. Further information can be seen here :-
Pendine is situated on the border of Carmarthenshire & Pembrokeshire. The village consists of two parts, the old hill-top settlement around the parish church of St Margaret and the beach settlement on the shore. The seaside resort is best known for Pendine Sands, where Malcolm Campbell and Parry-Thomas set the world land speed.
Pendine is the home of the award winning Pendine Sands beach, 7 miles of golden sandy beach with spectacular panoramic views. There is a second beach nearby, Morfa Bychan which is a secluded, sheltered sandy bay. Both beaches are popular for swimming, walking and a multitude of water sports and Pendine is now part of the new Welsh coastal path.
Pendine has a range of good shops, cafes, pubs, restaurants.
The Museum of Speed is currently being rebuilt and will focus on the use of the sands for land speed attempts and racing.
The Morfa Bay outdoor activity centre is located in Pendine and offers a wide range of adventure activities.
Villages close by include Laugharne famous for Dylan Thomas and his boathouse and its castle over looking the Taf river estuary and the seaside resorts of Saundersfoot and Tenby that are famous for their beaches, boat trips to Caldey Island, water sports and historic culture.
The West Wales / Pembrokeshire / Carmarthenshire region
This area contains the counties of Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire, which make up the majority of the south-west peninsular in Wales.
The county of Carmarthenshire's green fertile landscape is known as the Garden of Wales and this is not only due to the beautiful countryside, but to the many wonderful gardens that it homes, primarily the National Botanic Garden of Wales. Carmarthenshire is abundant with breathtaking mountains, lush green landscapes, secluded ancient forests, picturesque rivers, stunning locations of numerous castles and not forgetting the vast expanses of many golden sandy beaches. Carmarthen is the county town of Carmarthenshire, which lays claim to being the oldest town in Wales and now is an up and coming modern town, attracting new retail & leisure developments such as such as shops, restaurants and a new multiplex cinema.
Carmarthen offers our visitors :- traditional indoor market, small and national retailers, excellent road, rail and bus connections, art galleries and theatres, county museum, historic coracle-fishing town, castle, Gwili Steam Railway, the most westerly amphitheatre in the Roman empire, one of the finest salmon and sewin rivers in the British Isles and plenty of good car parking.
Pembrokeshire's 180 mile coastline is the jewel in its crown, and home to the only coastline national park in Britain. It is a real gem because of the variety of scenery in a relatively small area and winds its way around magnificent bays and spectacular headlands. There are about 17 stages to the path but there are plenty of shorter and circular walks to choose from. After passing through the resorts of Tenby, Pembroke and Milford Haven, the route sticks faithfully to the beautiful coastline of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park to reach the tiny cathedral city of St Davids, before heading north to Fishguard and St Dogmaels, in the shadow of the Preseli Hills.
Fifteen of Pembrokeshire’s beaches have received a top award called the Green Coast Award, which is a symbol of environmental excellence, established to acknowledge, promote and protect the environment of rural beaches in Wales. Most provide good swimming and many lend themselves to plenty of other activities too, such as surfing, windsurfing, investigating rock pools, climbing, kayaking, kite surfing,diving, sailing, coasteering or just taking it easy in the sun. Pembrokeshire's coastline is nationally and internationally important for its wildlife.
There are various theme and adventure parks nearby, including Oakwood, Blue Lagoon Waterpark, Heatherton and Folly Farm. Other activities include an Adventure centre, Paint Balling, Battlefield Live, Karting, Wild life parks and the famous Pemberton chocolate farm.
Pembrokeshire also has some quaint towns like the market towns of Narberth, Haverfordwest and the historical town of Pembroke that boasts a spectacular castle, one of 51 forts and castles spread around the county.