Writing Shed Wales Guidebook

Lindsay & Jackie
Lindsay & Jackie
Meðlimur síðan 2017
Lindsay & Jackie

Writing Shed Wales Guidebook

Neighbourhoods
At Writing Shed Wales, we are at the quiet centre of all that's happening in the region. This is Wild West Wales - The coastal peninsular wraps around us, and so within 30 minutes’ drive there are 13 Coastal and Rural Market towns, offering so much choice and diversity. The border between Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire passes through our village of Login. Here is our local knowledge of what to do and see in our favourite Towns.
The closest town to Writing Shed Wales; this is our top choice for a boutique experience, and its only 8 miles away. Its vibrant, arty and foodie - Just one short street packed with pubs and eateries, galleries, antiques, and boutique shopping; making it our top destination for a high street experience. At the bottom of the street there is even a Castle; where you can soak up the ancient mythology of Wales – it’s free to enter, and a great place for a picnic. The Golden Sheaf Gallery is our 1st. choice for boutique shopping and Art; you will even find wood block prints by our daughter Charlotte Halton Davies in there.
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Narberth
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The closest town to Writing Shed Wales; this is our top choice for a boutique experience, and its only 8 miles away. Its vibrant, arty and foodie - Just one short street packed with pubs and eateries, galleries, antiques, and boutique shopping; making it our top destination for a high street experience. At the bottom of the street there is even a Castle; where you can soak up the ancient mythology of Wales – it’s free to enter, and a great place for a picnic. The Golden Sheaf Gallery is our 1st. choice for boutique shopping and Art; you will even find wood block prints by our daughter Charlotte Halton Davies in there.
Good reasons why it gets so busy in Summer; Wales top holiday town, and just 30 minutes’ drive from Writing Shed Wales. It’s jam-packed with things to see, and places to hang out. Even if you are looking to get away from the crowds, it’s a shame to skip Tenby; a walk along South Beach and up the cliff past the Lifeboat station to the harbour, and then to Cafe Vista for Coffee is an afternoon out that we really enjoy. Tenby rivals Saundersfoot and Llanstephan as the best town seaside fish and chips – Buy them at Fecci’s and then sit on a bench overlooking the sea.
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Tenby
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Good reasons why it gets so busy in Summer; Wales top holiday town, and just 30 minutes’ drive from Writing Shed Wales. It’s jam-packed with things to see, and places to hang out. Even if you are looking to get away from the crowds, it’s a shame to skip Tenby; a walk along South Beach and up the cliff past the Lifeboat station to the harbour, and then to Cafe Vista for Coffee is an afternoon out that we really enjoy. Tenby rivals Saundersfoot and Llanstephan as the best town seaside fish and chips – Buy them at Fecci’s and then sit on a bench overlooking the sea.
The Oldest Town in Wales, and the main hub for trains and buses. It’s the gateway town to West Wales, and the best location from which to enjoy the region by public transport. Just 30 minutes’ drive from Writing Shed Wales - This is our go-to town for dining out; with good bars and so many good restaurants. That is why we have 'The Judges Library' - A boutique cottage for guests who want to make the most of this historic town location. Carmarthen places you closer to The Cambrian Mountains and the Brecon Beacons.
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Carmarthen
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The Oldest Town in Wales, and the main hub for trains and buses. It’s the gateway town to West Wales, and the best location from which to enjoy the region by public transport. Just 30 minutes’ drive from Writing Shed Wales - This is our go-to town for dining out; with good bars and so many good restaurants. That is why we have 'The Judges Library' - A boutique cottage for guests who want to make the most of this historic town location. Carmarthen places you closer to The Cambrian Mountains and the Brecon Beacons.
Good choice for the easiest one mile walk along the South Coast of Pembrokeshire, and it’s suitable for cycling. The trail is called ‘The Dramway’ and passing through two tunnels in the cliff, it links Saundersfoot with Wisemans Bridge. 30 minutes’ drive from Writing Shed Wales. If you make Wisemans bridge your destination then you are heading for the pub or the pebbly beach. If Saundersfoot is your destination, then you can enjoy the sandy beach, or head to the harbour for great fish and chips. There are plenty of places to eat and drink in Saundersfoot. If you want to exercise your sea legs then hire a Paddleboard or a Kayak at Coppet Hall Beach.
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Saundersfoot
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Good choice for the easiest one mile walk along the South Coast of Pembrokeshire, and it’s suitable for cycling. The trail is called ‘The Dramway’ and passing through two tunnels in the cliff, it links Saundersfoot with Wisemans Bridge. 30 minutes’ drive from Writing Shed Wales. If you make Wisemans bridge your destination then you are heading for the pub or the pebbly beach. If Saundersfoot is your destination, then you can enjoy the sandy beach, or head to the harbour for great fish and chips. There are plenty of places to eat and drink in Saundersfoot. If you want to exercise your sea legs then hire a Paddleboard or a Kayak at Coppet Hall Beach.
At the mouth of the river Towy, it is an estuary beach, and it has a great Castle and the mystical St Anthony’s Well . A new addition is the little Ferry boat that powers right up onto the beach, so that you can cross the river to Ferryside (subject to season and Tides). Good pubs and eateries both sides of the river. Great Fish and chips from Florries shack in Llansteffan car park, which you can enjoy on the beach.
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Llansteffan
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At the mouth of the river Towy, it is an estuary beach, and it has a great Castle and the mystical St Anthony’s Well . A new addition is the little Ferry boat that powers right up onto the beach, so that you can cross the river to Ferryside (subject to season and Tides). Good pubs and eateries both sides of the river. Great Fish and chips from Florries shack in Llansteffan car park, which you can enjoy on the beach.
Laugharne is located at the Mouth of the River Taf, the same river that runs through our village of Login and Writing Shed Wales. It’s an appropriate trip to visit Dylan Thomas’s Writing Shed and boathouse. The views, the walks, the nature and the pubs were inspiration enough for Dylan Thomas. We are sure you will find inspiration, refreshment and pleasure in Laugharne. There are cafes, pubs and a deli’s on the square, and Dylan Thomas ‘Birthday Walk’ along the estuary and up the hill is well worth a jaunt.
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Laugharne
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Laugharne is located at the Mouth of the River Taf, the same river that runs through our village of Login and Writing Shed Wales. It’s an appropriate trip to visit Dylan Thomas’s Writing Shed and boathouse. The views, the walks, the nature and the pubs were inspiration enough for Dylan Thomas. We are sure you will find inspiration, refreshment and pleasure in Laugharne. There are cafes, pubs and a deli’s on the square, and Dylan Thomas ‘Birthday Walk’ along the estuary and up the hill is well worth a jaunt.
It’s the longest sandy beach in Wales, and it’s good for swimming. You can hire Kayak, paddleboards and wetsuits here, but check first www.pendinekayak.co.uk. Occasionally something unusual happens, such as car or bike speed trials. If you fancy a long walk along the beach; allow a few hours to walk just one way, walk for another hour and you will reach Laugharne. The MOD own most of the Beach, so the full 7 miles is not always open, so check their website for more info: https://pendine.qinetiq.com/public-access/index.aspx
Pendine
It’s the longest sandy beach in Wales, and it’s good for swimming. You can hire Kayak, paddleboards and wetsuits here, but check first www.pendinekayak.co.uk. Occasionally something unusual happens, such as car or bike speed trials. If you fancy a long walk along the beach; allow a few hours to walk just one way, walk for another hour and you will reach Laugharne. The MOD own most of the Beach, so the full 7 miles is not always open, so check their website for more info: https://pendine.qinetiq.com/public-access/index.aspx
We like to Park at Colby Woodland Gardens and walk from there to Amroth, for breakfast on the coast at The Pirate; its only 20 mins each way, and a very easy flat walk. There are several cafes and pubs to sit out facing the sea. The Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail walking route starts in Amroth, going west Its 186 miles (300 km) of coast path until you reach St Dogmaels . going eastwards towards Pendine and Laugharne there is really good walking at low tide along the seashore, but, it is easy to under estimate the tide, so unless you have planned very carefully , take the high route along the coastal path.
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Amroth
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We like to Park at Colby Woodland Gardens and walk from there to Amroth, for breakfast on the coast at The Pirate; its only 20 mins each way, and a very easy flat walk. There are several cafes and pubs to sit out facing the sea. The Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail walking route starts in Amroth, going west Its 186 miles (300 km) of coast path until you reach St Dogmaels . going eastwards towards Pendine and Laugharne there is really good walking at low tide along the seashore, but, it is easy to under estimate the tide, so unless you have planned very carefully , take the high route along the coastal path.
Beautiful Waterfalls, a Coracle Museum, and a few Pubs and Cafes. It’s worth a stop for an hour or so, especially on the way to Newcastle Emlyn. This is the highest tidal point of the River Teiifi, and several years ago a Seal decide to make his home here – much to the distress of the local salmon fishermen.
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Cenarth
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Beautiful Waterfalls, a Coracle Museum, and a few Pubs and Cafes. It’s worth a stop for an hour or so, especially on the way to Newcastle Emlyn. This is the highest tidal point of the River Teiifi, and several years ago a Seal decide to make his home here – much to the distress of the local salmon fishermen.
We go there mainly to visit the antique and craft shops. The ruined castle overlooks the river Teifi, and there are some nice places to eat and drink in town.
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Newcastle Emlyn
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We go there mainly to visit the antique and craft shops. The ruined castle overlooks the river Teifi, and there are some nice places to eat and drink in town.
Cardigan is in the County of Ceredigion. There are some great spots to sit outside on the river for a drink and a bite to eat, and its main features are the river Teifi and the Castle. We like to visit the Welsh Wildlife centre in Cilgeran. Its about 2 miles round trip to Cardigan, and a flat easy walk through the marshland nature reserve, you might be lucky to see Water Buffalo. Now it’s just 3o minutes’ drive from Writing Shed Wales, but the Train once ran from Login Station to Cardigan; the Cardi Bach was its name. Entrance to the Wildlife Centre is free although you pay for parking. It has a good Café.
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Cardigan
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Cardigan is in the County of Ceredigion. There are some great spots to sit outside on the river for a drink and a bite to eat, and its main features are the river Teifi and the Castle. We like to visit the Welsh Wildlife centre in Cilgeran. Its about 2 miles round trip to Cardigan, and a flat easy walk through the marshland nature reserve, you might be lucky to see Water Buffalo. Now it’s just 3o minutes’ drive from Writing Shed Wales, but the Train once ran from Login Station to Cardigan; the Cardi Bach was its name. Entrance to the Wildlife Centre is free although you pay for parking. It has a good Café.
Stroll around the ruined Abbey, or a walk down to the River is just 100 metres from the car park. Take a tour of the restored Mill, where they make flour the old fashioned way, or drive on to Poppit Sands. The food was great the last time we visited Poppit Sands Café. For lunch we like to visit The Coach House right next to the Abbey; its local and its veggy, and they serve bread from the Mill. For dinner we’ve never been disappointed with the Ferry Inn.
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Saint Dogmaels
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Stroll around the ruined Abbey, or a walk down to the River is just 100 metres from the car park. Take a tour of the restored Mill, where they make flour the old fashioned way, or drive on to Poppit Sands. The food was great the last time we visited Poppit Sands Café. For lunch we like to visit The Coach House right next to the Abbey; its local and its veggy, and they serve bread from the Mill. For dinner we’ve never been disappointed with the Ferry Inn.
Newport is the town with the highest percentage of second homes and holiday rentals, and it has a sailing club, so not surprisingly there are a couple of good places to eat and a couple of good pubs. We don’t spend much time in the town though, because the Ancient stones of Pentre Ifan are far more interesting, as is the mystical churchyard of Nevern, and the reconstructed Castell Henllys Iron Age settlement. We usually start or finish our day with a trip to Newport Golf club, because it has the best views over the beach and good food and drink as well.
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Newport
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Newport is the town with the highest percentage of second homes and holiday rentals, and it has a sailing club, so not surprisingly there are a couple of good places to eat and a couple of good pubs. We don’t spend much time in the town though, because the Ancient stones of Pentre Ifan are far more interesting, as is the mystical churchyard of Nevern, and the reconstructed Castell Henllys Iron Age settlement. We usually start or finish our day with a trip to Newport Golf club, because it has the best views over the beach and good food and drink as well.
With roughly the same population as Carmarthen, it is where you will find all the big stores, but there are also plenty of local shops. Like most West Wales towns it has a Castle, but it is not the most impressive. It’s a good place to pick up supplies on route back to Writing Shed Wales, after a day on the west coast beaches, or a hike along the coastal path. We pass through Haverfordwest on route to Dale and Newgale. There are restaurants and pubs in Haverfordwest, but we favour Carmarthen.
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Haverfordwest
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With roughly the same population as Carmarthen, it is where you will find all the big stores, but there are also plenty of local shops. Like most West Wales towns it has a Castle, but it is not the most impressive. It’s a good place to pick up supplies on route back to Writing Shed Wales, after a day on the west coast beaches, or a hike along the coastal path. We pass through Haverfordwest on route to Dale and Newgale. There are restaurants and pubs in Haverfordwest, but we favour Carmarthen.
Food scene
Atmospheric small heated greenhouses if you want to eat outdoors and fabulous fish and seafood.
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Madtom Seafood Cafe Bar
5 Market Square
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Atmospheric small heated greenhouses if you want to eat outdoors and fabulous fish and seafood.
Freshly cooked mostly organic food, open in the daytime, great food and desserts available to eat in & to take out too, perfect for a picnic, simply scrumptious! we often get food to take out and eat in the grounds of Narberth castle .
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Plumvanilla Cafe
2A St James St
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Freshly cooked mostly organic food, open in the daytime, great food and desserts available to eat in & to take out too, perfect for a picnic, simply scrumptious! we often get food to take out and eat in the grounds of Narberth castle .
great deli and fantastic sourdough bread
Fforc Welsh Deli
34 High Street
great deli and fantastic sourdough bread
a mix of spanish and welsh quality food products-yum
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Ultracomida
7 High St
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a mix of spanish and welsh quality food products-yum
A must for coffee, cake and stunning views
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Caffè Vista
3 Crackwell St
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A must for coffee, cake and stunning views
we have been going here since it first opened and have never been disappointed. The 2 course takeaway deal has very generous portions.
Ginger - Indian Restaurant
44 King St
we have been going here since it first opened and have never been disappointed. The 2 course takeaway deal has very generous portions.
Superb steaks, and a relaxing place to sit on the deck with a coffee and view the towy river.
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Dexters
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Superb steaks, and a relaxing place to sit on the deck with a coffee and view the towy river.
A guest who was born in Italy highly recommended this place for pizzas.
Impasto Pizza Bar
A guest who was born in Italy highly recommended this place for pizzas.
Gorgeous view over newport beach and Dinas Head. Wonderful food and generous portions. Try their dirty fries, i had their flaked fish and curry sauce with dirty fries-yum!
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Cat Rock Cafe
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Gorgeous view over newport beach and Dinas Head. Wonderful food and generous portions. Try their dirty fries, i had their flaked fish and curry sauce with dirty fries-yum!
Cool place to eat. Many food items home grown. Friendly staff
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The Warren
11 Mansel St
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Cool place to eat. Many food items home grown. Friendly staff
A community owned pub, some lovely walks around this area and a farm where you can buy locally made cheese.
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Tafarn Sinc.
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A community owned pub, some lovely walks around this area and a farm where you can buy locally made cheese.
Sightseeing
Extremely well preserved castle, wear good non-slip shoes and climb the spiral staircase to the top of the tower. You can really imagine yourself back in time in this castle. if you are lucky, te black cat of Kidwelly castle may cross your path. In a field nearby is where the Warrior princess Gwenllian, led an army, fought and lost a battle against the Normans and sadly lost her life.
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Kidwelly Castle/ Castell Cydweli
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Extremely well preserved castle, wear good non-slip shoes and climb the spiral staircase to the top of the tower. You can really imagine yourself back in time in this castle. if you are lucky, te black cat of Kidwelly castle may cross your path. In a field nearby is where the Warrior princess Gwenllian, led an army, fought and lost a battle against the Normans and sadly lost her life.
Jaw droppingly beautiful plus on a clear day you can see the Brecon Beacon Mountains. Various lengths of walks around here and see if you can find the source of the river Lougher, which gushes out from a cliff.
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Carreg Cennen Castle
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Jaw droppingly beautiful plus on a clear day you can see the Brecon Beacon Mountains. Various lengths of walks around here and see if you can find the source of the river Lougher, which gushes out from a cliff.
Canoe down the river. Visit the castle. Walk around the wildlife centre and you can walk into Cardigan on the boardwalk across the marshes. there are bird hides strategically placed, so you may want to bring binoculars.You might even see an elusive water buffalo,
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Cilgerran
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Canoe down the river. Visit the castle. Walk around the wildlife centre and you can walk into Cardigan on the boardwalk across the marshes. there are bird hides strategically placed, so you may want to bring binoculars.You might even see an elusive water buffalo,

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You will need a Car, unless you are coming by Bike.

DRIVING - A car opens up the whole Peninsular, to give you so much choice, but even if you intend to make the most of your holiday nest, and immerse yourself in the nature on your doorstep, you will still need a car to get here. TRAIN - Whitland Train Station is 6 miles away, and there are frequent trains from London and Manchester. CYCLING - great routes for all levels. Coast and country. Its a top choice for cyclists. WALKING - The Landsker Borderlands Trail (60 miles), is right on the doorstep, and there are many more routes that are known only to us locals - we are happy to share.