The Dylan Thomas Trail

This week, on the 60th anniversary of Welsh poet and playwright Dylan Thomas’s death, we celebrate the places and people that inspired his finest work. 

New Quay © Visit Wales

Thomas loved wandering the coast around New Quay © Crown copyright (2014) Visit Wales

In New Quay, the local people have put together a walking trail, highlighting his favourite places on a walk he frequented during his days spent there between 1944-5.

Some of his most productive years were spent in the small seaside town. Thomas loved the rugged countryside of the West Wales coastline and enjoyed the varied and eccentric company at the local pubs, where he spent much time swapping lines of poetry, regaling stories and bantering with farmers, workers and mariners. The topography and the vibrant town’s people are reflected in the writings of his radio and later, stage play, Under the Milk Wood, in the fictional town of Llareggub.

Thomas recorded Quite Early One Morning as he took an early stroll through the seaside town. To celebrate his life we follow the trail that he once walked and loved. Starting at the seafront it winds it’s way back through the town, visiting homes of Thomas’ friends and family, old haunts and his favourite pub, The Black Lion.

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