The Millennium Coastal Park on the Burry Estuary runs adjacent to Llanelli and Burry Port with magnificent sea views overlooking the Gower Peninsula. Once the site of heavy industry including a steelworks, this amazing transformation into a beautiful place for recreation and relaxation, has won many prestigious environmental awards.
Amongst the many attractions in this large park are nine miles of accessible paths, the Discovery Centre located at North Dock in Llanelli and the National Wetlands Centre for Wales. Throughout the park there are pleasant places for families to rest and picnic along the coastline and around Sandy Water Park – a large man-made lake in the centre of the park. Elevated ramped viewing points with sheltered stone seats and sculptures have been created to be both practical and aesthetically pleasing – not that the stunningly beautiful and unique seascapes, parkland and lake need any help in that department.
Use the Discovery Centre and its information desk as a starting point. There are Blue Badge parking spaces outside this contemporary building, although they are limited to three hours only. All-day parking is available in the Festival Field car park (where there is a charge). Inside the centre is a staffed information desk, interpretation panels, a wheelchair-accessible lift and a designated toilet on the ground floor. Bikes can be rented from the centre: there are currently no adapted cycles available, but there is an adult tricycle and a tandem bike. The main paths are excellent: well surfaced and traffic free. The first section of the trail heading towards Burry Port is very level, but in the wider park, manual wheelchair users may need help with some steep slopes. The compacted path on the far side of the man-made lake is uneven in places.
Food & drink: Flanagan’s Coastline Café, on the first floor of the Discovery Centre, has excellent beach views, especially from the outside balcony tables. The Millennium ice cream kiosk has patio furniture. The Lighthouse Café at Burry Port Harbour serves delicious homemade meals, and has a permanent ramped entrance and spacious designated toilet.