Ilkeston Cam On Holiday 2002 - South West Wales
Part 12 - Llansteffan Castle
The photos on this page were taken on Wednesday 17th July
Wednesday was the coolest and cloudiest day of our holiday but
as it was market day in Carmarthen a trip into the neighbouring
county beckoned. A modern shopping precinct with crowds of people
milling around provided few opportunities for photography but
the return journey to Saundersfoot via the scenic route made
up for it. A stiff climb up to Llansteffan Castle soon warmed
me up and I was rewarded with this view across to River Towy
to Ferryside on the opposite bank.
Once inside the castle the village of Llansteffan and its beach
soon became visible too.
And of course there were some lovely views along the River Towy
back towards Carmarthen.
Although in ruins, enough of the walls and buildings are still
standing to show what an impressive place this must have been
in its heyday.
On the seaward side this part of the castle that was the site
of the chapel is not so well preserved and only these low walls
Whilst looking round the castle two loud bangs startled all the
visitors and several of us rushed to the wall overlooking Laugharne
Sands where plumes of black smoke filled the atmosphere. As we
watched another explosion in the same area took place followed
by white smoke. Perhaps this was a deliberate ploy to disguise
the pollution of the black smoke! As I descended from the castle,
warning sirens from an emergency vehicle could be heard but I
never did find out what had happened. All the maps of the area
label Laugharne Sands "Danger Area" and as there is
a military presence nearby one can only surmise....