Cycling World Magazine July 2017 - Page 113

July 2017| 113 LEGEND POINTS OF INTEREST Machynys Peninsular before the next roundabout; follow the blue cycle signs taking you around to the railway station. On the Station Approach Road, turn left which will take you over the iver Tywi using the cycle bridge. Cross the A4242 and follow Blue Street into the town. Turn right at the bend and head to the castle (pedestrianised area). In the same square as the castle, the legendary Merlin’s Oak can be seen in St Peters Hall. To get back to the cycle path, re-trace your steps down Blue Street to the cycle bridge across the river, staying on the north side. Turn left at the cycle bridge heading along The uay to the unction at the road bridge. Cross the unction busy unction, B WA of traffic into Old Station oad, eventually turning right into The arade (follow the blue cycle signs). On reaching Old Priory Road, visit Carmarthen Priory and detour north to the A484 (Priory Street), turning right at the end of Old Priory Road to visit the legendary Roman Amphitheatre. Return to the cycle path and continue along it for about 1.1km, turning left into Abergwili Road. Make a detour to Merlin’s Hill by turning right at Abergwili Road, cycling through the High Street to the roundabout. Exit second left, then turn right. Continue for 1.4km to Merlin’s Hill Farm. Retrace your steps back to Abergwili Road to continue along NCN Route 47. Continuing west on Abergwili Road, turn right at the roundabout into Bronwydd Road then right at the next A mysterious White Lady is said to be forever condemned to roam the countryside hereabouts until her body is discovered. Some say she’s the ghost of one of the wreckers who used lanterns to lure ships onto the sands so they could plunder the cargo; others that she’s a murdered maid who worked at a local manor house known to have secret tunnels used by the shipwreckers to store and transport their ill-gotten gains. Burry Port Harbour Beware the Hatchet Men, or ‘gwyr y bwelli bach’, of Burry ort. Waving lanterns and lighting fires, the prolific ship wreckers lured unsuspecting ships to their doom, sunk on the sandbars of Carmarthen Bay and in the shallow waters of Cefn Sidan Beach. Some aboard the stricken vessels survived drowning only to be set upon by the villains. Not content to simply steal the ships’ valuable cargo, the dastardly wreckers sliced off heads, hands and fingers for easier access to the helpless victims ewellery, too. Sometimes, their ghostly wails are carried in on the sea breeze. A visitor more deserving of commemoration perhaps was ‘Aviatrix’ Amelia Earhart, when she arrived in Pwll, near Burry Port, on June 18th, 1928, from Newfoundland on board a Fokker F7 aeroplane with Wilmer ‘Bill’ Stultz and ouis Slim ordon