The land of King Arthur, a pirate king, a mystical wizard and a hero dog, South West Wales is packed full of tales of ancient and modern day myths and legends.
With every great legend comes their fall, so one fascinating way of soaking up the region’s culture and learning the stories behind each of these characters is to visit the numerous tombstones and cemeteries which can help tell the tales of these 'past' lives.
The new Legends Tombstone Trail does just this and aims to help visitors discover just some of the most important burial places across the region taking in Carmarthenshire, Neath Port Talbot, Swansea Bay and Pembrokeshire and introduces a new way of exploring the stunning South West Wales landscape making for a history and heritage rich trip.
The guide is designed for those budding 'taphaphiles' (that is someone who takes an interest in cemeteries, and tombstones, equally as much as they love Wales!) to either dip in and out of the suggestions as part of a visit to the area, or choose to cover the whole trail over a mini break to the region and allow time to fully immerse themselves into the stories behind each of the graves and learn the folklore behind some iconic 'departed' characters.
From a haunted abbey cemetery in Neath Port Talbot and a memorial plaque for Wales’ bravest dog in Swansea Bay, to the resting place of King Arthur’s Merlin in Carmarthenshire and the story of a tee-total Welsh Pirate in Pembrokeshire, there are 5 tombstone highlights, taking two or three hours to 'tick off', in each of the four counties… plus plenty of surrounding scenery to enjoy.