Wonders of Wales
Wales Part 4
This stupendous beach near Laugharne in Carmarthenshire, is about three miles wide when the tide is out. The sand is firm and a perfect texture for motor racing. The beach one of the longest in the British Isles and is twelve miles long. Malcolm Campbell broke the land speed record at 146 mph in 1924. He did this three times. Sadly the Welshman, Parry Thomas, died in 1927 while attempting to beat his record. His Car was buried in the beach but in 1969 it was dug up and fully restored. There is a racing museum near by. The beach is part of the Pembrey National park. It is a truly stupendous beach.
This mystical Castle hidden in the wood near Usk in South East Wales is now in ruins. It was my playground as a child and I have never forgotten it. Only one tower remains but the outer wall still holds togeher. It used to be a garrison for sixty men whose job it was to protect the area from marauding Anglo Saxons coming over the border from England. It was built in the eleventh century and is still an amazing presence. This beautiful castle was the subject of a recent UK television program of at geological digs. The original gateway was found. It was retired as a castle and became a Pleasance or pleasure garden for the nearby Manor.
The unbelievable burial site now consists of huge stones with a massive boulder roof at eight feet off the ground. it is thought that it was originally covered with earth with only a small entrance. This is near the village of Nevern in Pembrokeshire which has an amazing old church with ancient standing stones, including one from the fifth century inscribed in Ogam, an ancient writing system consisting of scored lines. A wonder in itself. There are several so liar edifices nearby.
Swallow Falls Snowdonia
One of the longest waterfalls in Wales. For one pound you can walk over the falls on a board walk. The dramatic surroundings of Snowdonia make the falls even more beautiful. They are near Bettys y Coed in the Snowdonia National Park in North Wales.
Cenarth and its Coracles
Cenarth is a small gem of village in West Wales on the River Teifi. (I've already mentioned this place in my Hub, "Interesting Animals found in Wales".) The delicate looking, oval basket fishing boat is a feature of the fishermen on this stretch of river. A frame work of wood is covered with hides and waterproofed with tar. This produces a serviceable small boat used for Salmon and Sewin fishing. Two people held a net between them and closed in when a fish was caught. It is light enough to be carried home on the fisherman's back. Very practical!
This an amazing wave that forms twice a year when the tides are right. A tall wave about six feet high charges up the River Severn in South Wales. Many people surf the wave as it surges up towards Gloucester getting taller and more powerful as the huge body of water is forced into an ever narrower river bed.
This is a sandy peninsular sporting a large funfair and it used to sport a terrifying funicular railway, but it was blown down in a gale in the seventies and replaced by a flume ride. This was the place that everyone came by charabanc for the Sunday school outing once a year. Sadly my memories were usually of sitting in the bus eating our picnic while it poured with rain. There was a large covered car park up on the cliff for this purpose.