Heritage Trails and Walks

Laugharne has a network of interconnecting footpaths. These provide a wide range of other walks including the Wales Coast Path and leaflets are available.

Try Dylan’s Birthday Walk and come back on your birthday each year. http://www.dylanthomasbirthdaywalk.co.uk/  Children will enjoy the riddles along the Talacharn Town Trail designed by local children, which overlaps this Heritage Trail. If you are planning a long walk from the foreshore car park, check the tide table before you leave, as very high tides will flood the car park.

Laugharne Heritage Trail

This walk has been designed to pass many of the places of historic interest in the township.  Although it is a circular walk and can be walked either clockwise or anticlockwise, this guide starts from the foreshore car park and sets off in an anticlockwise direction. However, as the walk is circular, you can also start anywhere.

Just follow the way markers. The walk is 2.75 kilometres or 1.7 miles long. Take as long as you want and visit places along the way. Stout shoes are a sensible option, as there is a section of the walk that can be muddy after rain. Apart from one set of steps, the walk is generally flat with some gentle climbs.

If the tide is in, you might need to use an alternative route!

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Dylan’s Birthday Walk

In 1944, Dylan Thomas wrote ‘Poem in October’ about his birthday walk, to the shoulder of Sir John’s hill. The poem is simply about his love of Laugharne and getting older. The poem was set on the 27th of October, 1944; his 30th Birthday.

The estuary sounds and the memory of the herons awaiting the tide were on his mind. The creator of the walk, local councilor Bob Stevens, suggests you visit Laugharne and make the walk on your birthday.


Wales Coast Path

This path, which follows the coast of Wales from north east to south east,passes through Laugharne and includes part of the Laugharne Heritage Walk and Dylan’s Birthday Walk. http://www.walescoastpath.gov.uk/default.aspx

The path is supported by Welsh Government and the coastal local authorities. The European Regional Development Fund allocated nearly £4 million over four years in support of the project. There have been substantial Improvements to the quality and alignment of the route to ensure that the path follows the Welsh coastline as close as it is safe and practical.

The idea was developed out of a desire to build on the economic success of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail and the Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path – both of which are major contributors to the visitor economy of Wales.

While the Coast Path is important for the Welsh economy, it is also seen as an important initiative in encouraging both locals and visitors to discover and enjoy Wales’ outdoor spaces and the health and welfare benefits it can provide.

The path follows Carmarthen Bay which is a coastline of great contrasts and takes in a range of habitats including fresh water marshes, salt marshes (including the largest continuous salt marsh in Wales), sand dunes, pine forests and coastal commons all supporting a spectacular array of flora and fauna.

In places, the Coast Path heads inland around the estuaries of the Taf, Towy and Gwendraeth, passing through the county town of Carmarthen. The Wales Coast Path has been developed by the Welsh Government in partnership with Natural Resources Wales (incorporating the former Countryside Council for Wales), sixteen local authorities and two National Parks.