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Dylan's Birthday Walk and Wales Coast Path




Walk Start / Finish Location:
Laugharne Foreshore

Walk Distance: 6 miles ( 3 hours) with options for shorter walks

Walk Level: Moderate - Some uneven ground

Parking: Laugharne Foreshore (Free)

Transport: Traveline - www.traveline.info   - or - Telephone 0871 200 22 33




Walk Description



Facing seaward in the car park, turn right and follow the foreshore to the Dylan's Birthday Walk sign.
Ascend past information boards to 'The last verse'.
Magnificent views over the estuary that inspired Dylan can be seen.

(At this point you can shorten the walk by retracing steps to complete a 1.5 mile walk).

Continue on the coast path, descending to a stile and a broad flat path.
Continue about 100 yards to a stile on the left.

(At this point you can shorten the walk by continuing on broad path to Salt House Farm
and follow directions from Salt House Farm as described further below
).

Cross stile then bear left along the sea wall. N.B. high tides can cover this path.
Look across the estuary for views of Laugharne and Dylan's boat house from an angle not seen for many years.

N.B.Take care at this next junction NOT to enter any of the dangerous MOD firing range!
Where the sea wall bears left towards an MoD sign, continue straight on over a stile to the right of the sea wall which takes you onto a narrow and very uneven path.

AT THIS POINT DO NOT CONTINUE ON THE SEA WALL INTO THE MOD RESTRICTED ZONE (WHICH IS INDICATED BY WARNING SIGNS)
After this walk, if you decide to visit the beach, watch out for unexploded ordnance!
You can download the local advice about ordnance here or go to their website at qinetiq.com

Also, watch out for the natural dangers along this right of way since there are potholes and trip hazzards!
When this curves right to a stile, cross the stile then go diagonally right to the southern fence rather than straight on the overgrown narrow path.
Continue to East House Farm which can be clearly seen in the distance.
At the farm you might be greeted by pigs and chickens on their side of the fence.
The beach is not accessible from this path because of the MoD land.
Turn inland along the farm track to a minor road, turn right then almost immediately go left over a stile.
A herd of young cows might crowd around you in one of these fields so take care.
Continue inland to a footbridge, turn right onto the farm track then just before the gate go left down the bank.
Cross more stiles and follow the left edge of the field to Salt House Farm and the broad track that you left at the sea wall.

Directions from Salt House Farm
(At this point you can shorten the walk by turning right on the broad track - back to Dylan's Birthday Walk).

(The path is unclear and unsigned here but is actually at the back of the farmyard and becomes more defined after climbing above the yard).
Continue straight on into the farmyard between the farmhouse and the farm shed to the unsigned footpath
that climbs straight up (to the right of a caravan) onto the hillside path and eventually reaches a signed junction in the woods.

(At this point you can shorten the walk by continuing straight on at this woodland junction back to the Birthday walk)

Here at this signed woodland junction turn left uphill to wooden steps and continue uphill to a field,
there taking in the coastal panorama overlooking where you have been walking. Watch for Worm's Head in Gower across the water.
Cross a stone stile to the next field and continue slightly right to descend to a single track road.
Go down the road watching for Dylan's house in the distance after you turn the bend.
A footpath sign at a road junction goes right - down a lane
and takes you straight through a farmyard to a hidden stile at the other end to the right of the house and down a path back to the foreshore.
The path emerges onto the foreshore.
Turn left to the finish.


Ramblers Cymru and Swansea Ramblers provide these routes but accept no responsibility for those walking them.

If you would like to go on a walk but would prefer to do so with a group of people then click on our Programme section to see what walks we are leading.

We have walks for varying levels of ability and you get the chance to see the countryside in places you might never go by yourself!






Maps of the Walk






Ordnance Survey map of the route to walk
Resizable and draggable
(Can be reset to original dimensions by refreshing the page)
Green Swansea Ramblers logo markers where present can be clicked to provide more information






This aerial map is resizable and draggable
(Can be reset to original dimensions by refreshing the page)

A 25,000 Ordnance Survey map of the area
can be viewed by clicking on the above 'View Larger Map' option
(applies only if the above is a Bing map, not a Google map )



Peoples Collection link

The route of this walk has been added to The National Museum of Wales' Peoples Collection Web site.
A choice of aerial imagery or historic Ordnance Survey mapping is available.
Click the map to enter their web site (opens in a new browser window)
or copy and paste this link into a new browser window.
http://www.peoplescollectionwales.co.uk/Trail/770-laugharne-dylans-birthday-walk-coast-path




Photographs of the Walk


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Laugharne Car Park


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Follow coast path


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View of Laugharne Castle


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Ignore first right of way


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Ascend the Dylan Birthday Walk


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View of the Boathouse


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Watch out for the Wales Coast Path signs


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Information boards along the way


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Go through the gate onto Salt House land


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Panorama over the estuary


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Descend to sea level


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Last section of the birthday walk


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Go down the steps


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Follow the level path for 100 yards


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Cross stile and the dam
(or shorten by continuing on level path to Salt House Farm)



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Keep to left of the sea wall


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Watch for the boathouse


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Follow sea wall - watch out for high tides


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Follow sea wall


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Carry straight on when sea wall curves left and use a stile to the right of the sea wall
DO NOT CONTINUE ALONG THE SEA WALL INTO THE DANGEROUS MOD FIRING RANGE
Please observe all warning signs and do not enter any restricted zones



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Rough and potholed underfoot


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Path curves right


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Take stile on left


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Cross diagonally right towards fence


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Head for East House Farm


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Turn inland at the farm


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Might see some pigs


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Turn inland on the farm track


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Farm track heading north and inland


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At the minor road turn right then left


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This minor road has a staggered junction of paths


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Follow the field boundary


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Can be muddy due to cattle


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Follow the field boundary


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Watch out for the cows that may crowd around


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Follow the field boundary towards Salt House Farm


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Watch for the path leaving the track to a gate and stile


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Turn left along edge of field then follow field boundary right to farm


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Approaching Salt House Farm


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Go through lower gate and go straight across into farm yard


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Carry straight on through farmyard to an unsigned path onto the hill


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View back from path above farmyard


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Looking back to where you just walked through Salt House farmyard


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Ruin in undergrowth


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Turn uphill at the junction
(or shorten by going straight on to Dylan's Birthday Walk)



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View of same junction to turn uphill. This view changes with the seasons!


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Wooden steps


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Carry straight on uphill to next stile into the field


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The stile into the field


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From that field look back at the view


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Meadow full of summer flowers (May)


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Over the stone stile


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View from stile - path goes slightly right to the road


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Descend the road


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Descend the road


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Descend the road


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Watch for Dylan's Boathouse


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Turn right at the junction


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Follow the farm track


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Go through farmyard


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Go straight on towards the last house


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Stile is hidden in a dip to the side of the house


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Don't worry! You are still on the right of way!


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Down a concrete path


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Back onto the Wales Coast Path


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Return to the car park




More information about walking in Wales is available at:    www.ramblers.org.uk/wales

Ramblers Cymru and Swansea Ramblers provide this route but accept no responsibility for those walking it

All photographs Copyright 2012 Andrew Morgan. All rights reserved




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