New campaign introduces visitors and locals to the delights of outside dining whatever the weather

Carmarthenshire is launching a Winter Picnic Guide with the aim to lure more visitors to the pretty South West Wales county over the next few months- introducing them to the delights of outdoors dining whatever the weather, by rolling out cosy picnic blankets and popping open a warm flask of coffee or cawl.

The guide features a list of the top ten best spots in the county to ‘winter picnic’; from mountain top and castle to forest and beach, as well as tips on how to embrace the colder season and follow in the footsteps of the Scandinavians who, despite having a much colder climate to ours, still have a hugely popular outdoor eating culture.

Even though temperatures are dipping, the guide aims to encourage visitors and locals alike to make the most of the shorter daylight hours and to take a walk or cycle to these picnicking spots, enjoying them in a different way than they have done before.

Stunning picnic locations include Scotts Bay at Llansteffan beach, Paxton’s Tower, Brechfa Forest and the banks of the River Teifi at Cenarth. Each entry has a set of directions and tips on whether there’s a table or bench nearby or if it’s best to pack your picnic rug.

A number of well-known delis in the area are supporting the campaign by introducing special ‘winter hampers’ to tempt picnic goers including the Ginhaus in Llandeilo, Blasus Delicatessen in Carmarthen and Wright’s Food Emporium in Llanarthne.

Warming soup, Teifi cheese, homemade crackers and local charcuterie is on the menu at Wright’s, as well as a flapjacks and a yummy bar of Nomnom granola chocolate, all made in Carmarthenshire and packed in a returnable hamper for just £40 for two.

Example Winter Picnic Spot- Scott’s Bay at Llansteffan

A short walk of about half a mile just round the headland from Llansteffan’s main beach this hidden cove is the perfect location for a romantic stroll followed by a picnic, as it is secluded, sheltered and has views over a pretty castle situated just above the beach. At low tide, head across the beach and at high tide over the top. Plus it’s likely that you’ll get this sandy beach to yourself, so it’s well worth carrying your picnic that little bit further. The lovely Llansteffan Tea Rooms are also nearby, offering warm coffees, cakes and cream teas, sure to warm your cockles! And, talking of cockling, visitors can even pick up to 8 kilos per person per day in the winter!

Picnic tip: Go for a late lunch as sunsets are magical here.

How to reach: The Green is a free car park on the sea front in Llansteffan

To view the entire Winter Picnic Guide, please visit: www.discovercarmarthenshire.‍com/‌‍exp