This year’s holiday started on Sunday 27th September and was based in
Carmarthen, West Wales, ideal for exploring both to east and west.

After a ‘breakfast stop’ at Michael Wood services, we crossed the Severn
estuary and visited Tredegar House on the outskirts of Newport. The
home of the Morgan dynasty (large landowners and influential
industrialists) until 1951, it passed to the National Trust in 2012.
Much renovation has been done, more remains to be done. We arrived at
the Ivy Bush Royal Hotel, Carmarthen, our base, at 4:30 p.m.

A free morning on Monday allowed us to explore Carmarthen, an old
country town and former port on the River Tyfi. During the afternoon we
went to the village of Laugharne and visited ‘The Boathouse’, home of
Dylan and Caitlin Thomas for his last four years. We were shown a
fascinating video of his life and works, best known being ‘Under Milk
Wood’. Finally, a short stop at Pendine Sands where in the past land
speed records were attempted.

Morning coffee on Tuesday was at Wisemans Bridge, a hamlet on the
beautiful St. Brides Bay. After a spirited dash through the lanes, we
saw Saundersfoot en route to an afternoon in Tenby. Very much ‘Little
England beyond Wales’, with its fine beaches. A lovely holiday

Wednesday was our ‘far out west’ day. Our morning break was in the
ancient inland port of Haverfordwest on the Western Cleddau river,
overshadowed by the fine remains of its Norman castle. After a brief
scenic stop at Newgale, we arrived at St. Davids, the smallest city in
the United Kingdom. Several of us visited the gorgeous medieval
cathedral. Our return was a scenic tour via Fishguard and the Prescelly

After morning coffee at the Mumbles west of Swansea, we spent the rest
of Thursday at Rhossili on the Gower peninsular. With the finest beach
on the Gower, its ancient church and a National Trust shop, Rhossili is a
restful spot. We had planned to spend time in Swansea, but time ran
out. We relaxed at Rhossili instead.

On Friday we headed home, spending time at the Museum of Welsh Life, St.
Fagans, Cardiff. Here we could visit buildings including cottages,
farmhouses, and shops from past generations in Wales. Three hours was
not long enough. We arrived back home late afternoon.

A wonderful relaxing few days, the sun smiled on us every day. The hotel
was comfortable, the food excellent, a roomy coach and capable driver.
Grateful thanks to our organisers, and to Johnsons. Ready for next




 Above: A group photo.



Above: New Tredegar House (NT) at Newport.



Above: Worms Head at Rhosilli Beach, Gower




Above and Below: Laugharne Castle






Above: Tenby Harbour at low tide.