There is a really nice harbour area at Burry Port. The car park is situated right alongside the harbourside which is a great place to start your walk. We walked in the direction of the lighthouse. The path is easy going and flat; an ideal day out for those with limited mobility. Beyond the lighthouse are some lovely sheltered stone benches. On a clear day there are some splendid views across the waters towards the Gower Peninsular and along the Coast to the East you can see the new waterfront developments at Llanelli in the distance.
Kidwelly is situated between the esturies of the Tywi and the Gwendraeth fach, just 4 miles North West from the town of Burry Port. The Castle site was chosen because it guarded the lowest bridging point on the Gwendraeth, but the little town founded beneath its ramparts at the behest of Henry I eventually spred across the river and grew there, leaving the castle behind.
In 1136 the wife of Gruffudd Ap Rhys, Gwenllian led an army to capture Kidwelly. Sadly, the only Welsh woman military leader was defeated and killed at Maes Gwenllian, North of the Castle by English forces led by William de Londres. The Castle passed through the hands of many noble men since then, each carrying out substantial building work and repairs. It was not until the 1600's that the building fell into disrepair and was passed to the Earls of Cawdor, the greatest landowners in South West Wales. In 1927 it became government property and is now looked after by CADW, the Welsh Historic Monuments.
The buildings at Kidwelly Castle as we see them today are an example of a concentric castle. The gatehouse which was completed in 1422, here you can see a complex array of defences; drawbridge, arrow slits, portcullis and a murder hole. As you walk around make sure you keep an eye open for the bakestone ovens, the chapel tower and don't miss the views from the top of the castle walls.
Pembrey Country Park lies just a few miles away from the town of Burry Port. Here you'll find 202 Hectares of dunes, forestry and park-land leading down to Cefn-Sidan beach which is one of the cleanest beaches in Wales having been awarded the European Blue Flag. Other attractions at the country park include a Ski Slope, Toboggan Run and Ski Lodge Cafe, Equestrian Centre, 9 gole Pitch & Putt Course, Miniature Railway, Nature Trails and Orienteering Courses, Adventure Playground, Restaurant, Beach Kiosk and Visitor Centre with a gift shop and cycling/walking trails. The Celtic Trail cycle route passes close to the Park. Regular bus services to Pembrey village. A great place for a day out if you love the outdoors.
The charge for the car park £4 for high season but varies during the year.
Ashburnham Road,Pembrey, Pembrey, Burry Port, SA16
The Ship Aground Inn is a really attractive looking pub on the main road between Pembrey and Burry Port. There was a specials board together with an extensive menu offering a wide choice of meals - not just your usual pub grub. I opted for the lamb shank off the specials board and it was very nice indeed. The only downside was that there was a little bit of a wait for the food to arrive but it was well worth it when it did.