Discover legendary stories, people and places across South West Wales in 2017; we’ve got all the ingredients for the ultimate Welsh adventure - and you’re invited!
Keen to follow in the footsteps of King Arthur, the mightiest legend of them all? He literally left his mark here when he tossed a boulder 11 miles from Llanelli to Gower, which still stands proud today. Many say the warrior was buried in the Preseli Hills in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park; wander the mystical moorland and discover Bedd Arthur, his resting place. South West Wales abounds with legends, from magical Merlin to the Lady of the Lake: explore them all.
Fortress fanatic? Our region is packed with castles whose walls reveal centuries of secrets. Each is enthralling in its own way, from the majestic remains of Dinefwr Castle in Carmarthenshire to pristine Pembroke Castle on the western tip of Wales. Ghost-hunters will enjoy exploring Margam Castle in Neath Port Talbot, while kids will love scrambling up Oystermouth Castle’s secret staircases, for amazing views over Swansea Bay.
Active adventurer? Afan Forest Park is legendary among mountain bike riders, so saddle up and enjoy world-class cycling trails among breath-taking natural beauty.
Like to be beside the seaside? Our coastline shelters stories of shipwrecks and tales of pirates, plus incredible wildlife such as dolphins, seals and Pembrokeshire’s famous puffins. Rhossili Bay, on the Gower Peninsula, regularly tops lists of the UK’s - and even the world’s - best beaches; it’s not just a pretty face though - our shores are prime coasteering, kayaking, surfing and sailing spots, with super-scenic walking terrain along the Wales Coast Path.
Food lover? You’re in luck! Join us in a celebration of our unique local produce at fantastic foodie events, from Neath Food Festival to Pembrokeshire Fish Week via Carmarthenshire’s Cawl Crawl. Whether it’s top-notch restaurants, picturesque picnic spots or legendary ice-cream you’re looking for, we can guarantee you’ll be coming back for seconds...
Dylan Thomas Boathouse, Laugharne
Ultimately, it’s the people that make South West Wales so special, from famous former residents like Dylan Thomas and Richard Burton to the local legends who make our region a fun, delicious, creative and beautiful place to visit. So what are you waiting for? Visit South West Wales in 2017 and remember: whatever you do when you come, let it be legendary!