Another day out- aren’t we lucky! The weather looked fair so I suggested a day out to the coast- Jim prefers hills and country to seaside so as a carrot I said we’d visit Kidwelly Industrial Museum first before we went onto the coast.
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Kidwelly can lay claim to the second oldest recorded tinplate works in the UK. The buildings and machinery are rare survivors of this important industry. Kidwelly Tinplate Works was established in 1737 and was only the second of its type in Britain. Its founder, Charles Gwynn, encountered many problems as did others, but the basic necessities were there – water power, iron from nearby and a port to receive tin from Cornwall.
Next we went onto Burry Port on the coast. It was very windy and cold but we somehow managed to keep our 99 icecreams attached to their cones! The harbour was full of boats and we walked all the way around and down onto the sand where I collected some shells and lots of sand in my shoes!
In 1927, the Burry Port Harbour earned its place in the history books when Amelia Earhart landed in the estuary and became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic. Her aeroplane, Friendship, was towed into the harbour after the 20 hours and 40 minutes flight. There are reminders of the historic flight both around the Harbour and in the town.
We drove onto Llanelli and down to the coastal path and to the Discovery Centre where we had a warming cup of coffee and carrot cake!
Discovery Centre – At the heart of the Coastal Park stands the iconic Discovery Centre, where visitors can find out all about the leisure attractions of Carmarthenshire in one of the county’s most spectacular settings. Overlooking Llanelli beach and offering panoramic views of the Loughor estuary and the Gower peninsula, the Discovery Centre is both the first port of call for visitors and an ideal stop-off point for people travelling through the park.
We went for a walk on the coastal path and also for another stroll along the beach but rain clouds began to gather so we returned home in 55 minutes- just in time to chat to our cottagers. They had had a splendid day out too- they had been to Aberglasney, Talley Abbey and Dinefwr Park and were just off to have dinner in the Sexton’s Arms in Llansadwrn- a busy happy day for us all.