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Ha! Dylan Thomas, alky extraordinaire.
Something endearing about a man who's last words before slipping into a coma and dying were, 'I've just drunk 18 straight whiskies. I think it's a record.'
Just finished a thru hike of the Welsh coastline (870 miles) and passed through the village of Laughrne where Dylan Thomas is buried.
The locals make the most of his fame as could be expected, though when he lived there he wasn't too popular, being slow on paying his bills!
Swansea, a much larger town not too far from Laughrne has a museum dedicated to his works and life.
'Under Milk Wood' written by him for radio was made into a movie starring Richard Burton, another Welshman.

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Ha! Dylan Thomas, alky extraordinaire.
Something endearing about a man who's last words before slipping into a coma and dying were, 'I've just drunk 18 straight whiskies. I think it's a record.'
Just finished a thru hike of the Welsh coastline (870 miles) and passed through the village of Laughrne where Dylan Thomas is buried.
The locals make the most of his fame as could be expected, though when he lived there he wasn't too popular, being slow on paying his bills!
Swansea, a much larger town not too far from Laughrne has a museum dedicated to his works and life.
'Under Milk Wood' written by him for radio was made into a movie starring Richard Burton, another Welshman.

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That must have been a fantastic hike. I bet it was cool and humid on the coast.

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That must have been a fantastic hike. I bet it was cool and humid on the coast.

Care to post some kind of trip report?

It was the opposite really - they had an exceptionally hot summer. (30+) Three Brit soldiers died of dehydration in the Brecon Beacons (area in South Wales) during the period, so gives some idea of the temp's they were having. Bit of a problem getting enough water down me at times.
Excellent scenery, especially along the Pembrokeshire coast, though the trail dived down into and up out of every cove along the way. Lots of places of historical interest along the way too. (neolithic, castles, battles etc)
Met some friendly and helpful folk on the journey too. The Welsh place names take a bit of mastering though, as does the language. Though English is readily spoken.
Took me 45 days, no days off. The 20mpd I'd set myself was too much to be enjoyable really, but I was under the clock.
Some of the trail (or path as they call it) went quite far inland where it bi-passed private or MOD land or ducked inland to get round estuaries, rivers etc.
They call the trail the 'All Wales Coastal Path'. It stretches from the English/Welsh border at Chester in the north to the English/Welsh border at Chepstow in the south.
Used my tent for all but three nights and had no problem finding pitches. Traverses a mixture of beaches, clifftops, woodlands with a bit of road walking especially through bits of the industrial south.
The usual (for me) collateral damage of blisters and lost toenails but all together a worthwhile destination if anyone was thinking of hiking in the UK. :)

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Hmmmm.....I always thought his last words were:

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I've hiked parts of that.  It's incredibly beautiful, as is much of Wales.  It also has treacherous winds.  Along the cliff-top section, people get blown to their deaths by sudden gusts.  I remember the last time I was there, watching video on the news of cars getting blown off the highway not far away.
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Fortunately,  as parts of the clifftop trail can be just arms length from an edge, the prevailing winds on that coast are from the west so onshore. Luckily there were no adverse wind conditions for my walk. Clifftop erosion has caused problems in the past too. Couple of small trail sections had disappeared in places and been roped off.


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