On Saturday 26th June 2021, W Bro Keith Eckley led a crack team of "Mackworth Marchers" on a guided walk from Llanelli train station to his local pub, The Pemberton Arms in Burry Port. A distance of approximately 13km (just over 8 miles in old money). The Walkers were Tim McDermott, Matt Selby, Mark Bell-Davies and the PGM, James Ross.
After about 20 minutes, Keith claimed he could see this lighthouse in the distance. The landmark which would indicate that we were getting close to our destination. What he was actually pointing out to the intrepid band was a walker with a red anorak ;)
The walk followed the Millenium Coastal Path between Llanelli and Burry Port. Featuring a mixture of stunning coastline and beautiful woodland, the Millennium Coastal Park is rich in wildlife and history and is one of the most spectacular sections of the Celtic Trail.
Starting at the Discovery Centre in Llanelli, this gorgeous route winds through the site of the old Duport Steelworks, which is now the picturesque Sandy Water Park with its impressive lake and birdlife.
Continue through Ashpit Ponds Nature Reserve and the new marina at Burry Port before reaching the Pembrey Forest - one of Britain’s rare sand dune forests and home to much rare botanical wildlife including 35 species of butterfly, migrant songbirds and birds of prey!
Whilst Keith is very keen on wildlife and nature, he is legendary for being even more keen on the Pemberton Arms.
As you can see from this photo, Keith pushed the team to their limits once he could smell the beer wafting from his local pub!
Even super fit Tim McDermott and Matt Selby were left trailing in the final sprint to the bar!
In this final jolly image, you can see not only how much fun everyone had, but also the dedication which Matt Selby puts into his training regime. Unlike the other four walkers busily taking on fluids and rehydrating, Bro Matt is doing complicated mental calculations on the calorific value of the various choices on the Pemberton Arms menu.
In the end, Matt went for The Ultimate Classic Beef Burger - two burgers, served on a toasted bun, with special season fries, finshed with coleslaw. A very popular, healthy choice and it was good that it received Matt's endorsement!
A great time was had by all and plans are underway for future fun days, out and about around the beautiful Province which is West Wales.