Llansteffan is a gem of a village within the vicinity of Carmarthen. It has much to offer to locals and tourists alike.
We had been told of the beach and the castle. The castle is perched above the village. Access is by a long steep path. I wouldn't advise anyone suffering from breathlessness to attempt the climb, though I did manage it after a struggle and a long rest before the final ascent. But the views from the top were stunning, looking down on the estuary.
The beach is large and clean, and just sitting watching the yachts and boats is very relaxing.
There are public toilets, a fish and chips shop, but rather too greasy for my taste. There was one café open when we were there. We had tea and scones with butter, jam and strawberries and cream,. They also sell buckets and spades etc, post cards, guide books and souvenirs. jam and strawberries and cream
This ancient village lacks a VT destination listing of its own so creeps in here to assert its claim for a visit. There is plenty to see and do here!
The oldest part of the village is clustered around the 3-arch bridge that crosses the River Teifi. The present structure dates from 1785 but there was a bridge on this site in the C12th.
The mill on the banks of the river close to the bridge was recorded as long ago as 1180 but the present Mill dates from about the same time as the bridge. It remained in constant use until 1939. Post-war renovations and attempts to revive the mill were short lived. I remember visiting it in the 1960s when it was beginning to look very neglected.
Further renovations in the 80swere made but its success as a working mill was impeded by changes in the water flow of the river and low tides over the weir mean that it now operates infrequently.
A new use was found for the Mill when it became the National Coracle Centre. Salmon fishermen used these tiny crafts regularly back in the 1960's - they are now very popular for hobby boating.
Take a walk upstream to see the falls particularly after snow or heavy rain.
Below the Bridge see the Holy Fountain.
Stop for refreshments in one of the local cafes or pubs.
Buy your stamps and cards at the Post Office.
Enjoy your visit!
The Village of Cenarth SA38 9JL. Wales
On the A484 about 4 miles west of Newcastle Emlyn on the road to Cardigan
This is found between Johnstown and Llansteffan (on Llansteffan road). It's a really gorgeous place for a walk and picnic, the woods have been untouched for hundreds of years and apparently was frequented by Henry VIII and his motley crew. Between April-early June it's carpeted with bluebells and it's FREE!!!
(I would not advise this for anyone with mobility difficulties, there are a lot of hills, steps and tree roots!)