A Winters Day at Llansteffan

- 11-Feb-2019 -

We made a bid for freedom and escaped the farm for a day on the beach.

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We always have jobs to do on the farm even in winter, but last Saturday we took the day off, and as the sun was shining we headed to the beach. We made a trip to Llansetffan. Now this is not our usual beach haunt, normally we head to one of the many beautiful beaches on Cardigan Bay,this one id further afield, down just outside Carmarthen, it is about 45 minutes’ drive. So what warranted this extra 20 minutes in the car? Basically child pressure! This beach has a small play park, which is a bit tatty, but much loved!

So we started our outing at the far end of the beach, with a walk along to the headland, lots of shell spotting and collecting, finding bits of drift wood and throwing sticks for Rosie dog. This wandering is probably only 5 minutes from the little beach café, but it took us about 40 minutes with playing and beach frolics, to get there for our lunch. It’s a basic little café in the front of a house, selling toasties, sandwiches, soup, cakes and importantly ice cream. I’d go as far as calling it “Cheap & Cheerful” but it does the job. There is seating outside which we normally use as the dogs can’t come in. During the busier summer season, the little huts by this car park are open too, offering fish n chips, more ice creams etc. Plus there is a pub in the main village that also does food.

So after our lunch pit stop, Charlie spent 15 minutes playing in the little play park with Rob, while I took Rosie dog for a good run on the beach (dogs allowed September to end April) While I was there the Ferry boat appeared, amazing little boat that has wheels that come down so it just drives out onto the beach. It can take you over to Ferryside, on the other side of the estuary. A Family ticked (dogs allowed) was £8. We didn’t go this time but will probably try it at some point.

The other thing that Llansteffan has is the castle. Towering up on the headland, it probably took 30 minutes to walk up (at child pace) Once there, there are great views, rooms to go in, staircases to climb (the kind that give mothers minor heart attacks, but kids love) It is of course a ruin, but a beautiful spot, on a summers day perfect for a picnic. You can also pick up the coastal path and walk on further.

We headed back down, back to the café to pick up an ice cream, and then it was a walk back to the car with one tired boy and one tired dog, ready for the trip home in time to put the chickens to bed before it got too dark.

If you wanted to spend longer down there, Laugharne and the Dylan Thomas Boat House are close by and there are plenty of dinner options in Carmarthen too.




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