The short coastline of Carmarthenshire is divided by the estuary of the River Tywi, an estuary notable for its immense tidal sands, at Pembrey to the east and Pendine to the west. Motor sport has links with both; Pembrey Circuit is referred to as “The home of Welsh Motorsport” and Pendine Sands has seen world speed record attempts on its long flat surface.
In the east is Llanelli, a large industrial town, originally based on coal mining, tin and steel production. It has recently switched emphasis to visitor attractions, and there is now a Millennium Coastal Path, National Wetlands Centre and Pembrey Country Park that incorporates a blue flag beach at Cefn Sidan. Nearby Burry Port, now a leisure boating centre, is where Emilia Earhart landed after the first flight crossing the Atlantic by a woman.
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