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New Quay
Newcastle Emlyn
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Pembroke Dock
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County Town: St Davids
Population: 340,600
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Cothi Valley
Preseli Hills
River Tywi
River Usk
St David's Peninsula

Events

April
Carmarthen Antiques and Collectors Fair

May
Fishguard Folk Festival

June
Pembrokeshire Classic Car Show
Pembrokeshire Fish Week
The Wales Swim for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust

July
Fishguard International Music Festival
Introduction to Grassland Management
Pembrokeshire Fish Week

August
Aberaeron Bank Holiday Carnival
Aberaeron Festival of Welsh Cobs
Aberjazz
Cardigan Bay Regatta
Festival of Harness Racing
Fiddle Festival of Wales
Ladies Driving Challenge
New Quay Wales Music Festival
Orllwyn Teifi Vintage Show
Tenby Blues Festival
Tenby Folk Festival
The Fiddle Festival of Wales
Tresaith Annual Regatta

September
Cardiganshire Arts Society Annual Exhibition
Llandysul & District Agricultural Show
National Mud Festival of Wales
Really Wild Food and Countryside Festival
Tenby Arts Festival
The Fiddle Festival of Wales

October
Cardigan Purple Dragon Story Festival
Cardiganshire Arts Society Annual Exhibition
The Celtic Festival of Samhain

November
Annual Funfair & Street Market
Tenby Blues Festival

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The area of West Wales comprises three counties mainly; Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion.

Known as the Garden of Wales for its world class gardens and greener than green countryside, Carmarthenshire is the largest historic county by area in Wales with Fforest Fawr and Black Mountain in the east, the Cambrian Mountains to the North and lovely fishing villages and sandy beaches to the South. Although the area is known for being a more chilled out destination, as you might imagine, its seriously stunning landscapes and rugged countryside does also lend itself to providing active people with a mind-boggling choice of fast-paced, exhilerating outdoor pursuits. If you want to try a number of active sports in one go can head for one of the excellent activity centres which offer individual, family or group packages which include everything from climbing, canoeing, archery, caving and orienteering - Morfa Bay Outdoor Centre and Penlan Outdoor Activity Centre are two of note, and if you want to leave the kids somewhere on their own, right next to the famous and award winning Pendine Sands is the Pendine Outdoor Education Centre which offers a variety of one to 5 day residential courses.

If you want to set your own agenda then there are many other activities to choose from. Mountain bikers wonít want to miss out on the 22km Gorlech red route whose hard, fast, all-weather surface trail follows the River Gorlech along the valley offering panoramic views to die for and some awesome skills challenges. Serious walkers have some incredible routes to choose from, avid bird-watchers are in for a treat at the National Wetlands Centre.

If youíre a castle-aholic, then you can certainly get your fix here Ė there are seven to choose from including Kidwelly Castle , Laugharne Castle and Llansteffan Castle, with the magnificent Carreg Cennen standing head and shoulders above them all. Garden-lovers must make the National Botanic Gardens a stop on their list as well as Aberglasney Gardens which have inspired may a poet in the past.

Pemrokeshire in contrast is a maritime county, surrounded by the Atlantic on all sides except in the northeast where it is bounded by Ceredigion. Its waterways were the ancient motorways allowing communication and trade from the earliest times. Even inland youíre never far from water - the Milford Haven Estuary splits north from south then the twin Eastern and Western Cleddau rivers slice their way across the county.

Steeped in ancient Celtic history, the county has some pretty impressive land-based activities and attractions, (Castle fans can continue to indulge their fetish Ė Picton Castle , Carew Castle are fabulous days out) but itís the sea-based activities and attractions that have helped earn this area its tourist stripes. The many small islands just off the coast offer some great days out for birdwatchers and wildlife fans. Make sure you put Ramsey Islandís RSPB Nature Reserve on your list for some great bird-watching and seal watching, and catch a boat near St Davidís (Britainís smallest city) and take one of the whale and dolphin watching boat tours. There are over 10,000 breeding pairs of Puffins on Skomer and Skokholm Islands so you might catch sight of a few as well as a massive variety of other seabirds. The bays along the coastline also are a hotbed of heritage gems. Major bays to visit include Newport, Fishguard and St Bride's Bay.

Last, but certainly not least is the county of Ceredigion, which is most reknowned for the 40 mile sweep of glorious coastline of Cardigan Bay Ė another fantastic place to catch sight of bottle-nose dolphins and a serious haven for some of the most exciting species of birds. Its unspoilt beaches and remote coves are some of the most popular in this part of the UK, Inland itís one of the most sparsely populated areas in Britain, but that doesnít mean it hasnít go anything to offer its visitors. Itís home to one of the most visited of all natural attractions in Wales - Devil's Bridge. There are three bridges built close together across a deep gorge - the 12th century Devil's Bridge is the lowest of the three. Combine the bridges, with the gorge and with a series of dramatic waterfalls, one over 300 feet high, itís a hugely impressive sight. Even if Castles arenít your thing, whilst youíre in the vicinity, you must find a spot to at least take in a view of the ruins of Aberystwyth Castle, as well as fit in a trip to the Aberystwyth Electric Cliff Railway. Itís the longest electric cliff railway in Britain. It climbs Constitution Hill from the northern end of the town's promenade with trains running every few minutes during the spring, summer and early autumn. Reaching the summit reveals an amazing panorama which on a clear day extends as far as the Preseli Hills in Pembrokeshire to the south, while the whole expanse of Cardigan Bay opens out to the west and the mountains of Snowdonia to the North can also be seen.

Government Districts: Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire


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