Story of the day: Walking the Wales Coast Path


I did a lot of walking in Wales last year, both for editorial projects and for multimedia work on behalf of Visit Wales.

This is one of those spin-off stories, a walk around the Carmarthenshire coast for the Independent.

It ties in with another piece for the Weekend FT about the opening of Browns Hotel.

Here’s an extract:

Waiting for me at Laugharne’s ruined castle on the main square, the Grist, is a smiling Bob Stevens [pictured above] of Salt House Farm.

Stevens has devised a two-mile, linear Dylan Thomas Birthday Walk around the estuary, overlapping with the coast path, with each of five new benches carved with a line from Thomas’s “Poem in October”. Complete the walk on your birthday and present your birth certificate or driving licence at a local pub, and you can claim a free birthday pint.

“The trail follows the walk Dylan documented in his poem,” explains Bob as we stand on a hilltop outside Laugharne, views across the salt marsh and ringed plover wading below. “I don’t like much of poetry but I really feel the essence of the man by walking this trail each year on my own birthday.”

Hopefully more walking, more Wales and more Dylan in the year ahead.

Read the full story, A Welsh Wander.

Do you have a favourite section of the Wales Coast Path to walk?

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