Cefn Sidan is one of Wales’s longest beaches at close to eight-miles and overlooks Gower that can loom out of the sea like a monster in certain light playing tricks with the dunes and rambling hills running to Worm’s Head. Winter sunsets here are dreamily artistic and seemingly endless in creation over miles of silken sands and ribbons of surf constantly bowling in. Close your eyes and listen to the thunder of the sea forever present in the timeless land. The dunes provide perfect picnic habitat shelter. There is no better place fly a kite, run the dog, or go beachcombing with the kids. Or just lay back and enjoy the peace and space with a flask of tea and picnic treats of a sausage roll and a Welsh cake or two.
Picnic tip: Get cosy, bring lots of blankets and your binoculars. In certain light conditions across the eight miles of sands you can see from Caldey to Lundy sweeping round to Gower. The desert like sands are banqueting tables for all kinds of sea birds and wildfowl here, prolific especially over the winter months as they fuel up on the shellfish abundant sands before rejoining the migratory routes around the globe.
How to reach: Pembrey Country Park is just off the A484 Llanelli to Carmarthen coast road just outside Burry Port follow the county park signs.
Suggested walk: Pembrey
Nearby deli for winter picnic provisions:
The Blasus Winter Hamper will include a choice of Chorizo Sausage Rolls, baguettes, a fruit frangipane tart, all home made by the deli each day and maybe even some Artisan Truffles. They are ready and waiting to fill up flasks with steaming coffee or hot chocolate too and can back everything in a hamper box. Prices vary depending on the choice of contents.
Hamper from Blasus Deli, Carmarthen
Where to stay:
B&B- Kidwelly B&B- this 4* family-run B&B nestled in the heart of historic Kidwelly offers four stylish en-suite rooms and plenty of personal touches. Its central location means it’s easy to explore the rest of the county, from ancient market towns and National Trust gardens to historic castles and blue flag beaches.
Self Catering- Hen Beudy- based just outside the village of Llansaint, near Kidwelly, on the coastal path and surrounded by fields, this lovely one-bed cottage is ideal for couples after a rural romantic break, boasting uninterrupted sea views.