National Coracle Centre, Cenarth Falls
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Younger visitors can sit inside a coracle, and everyone can enjoy a workshop showing how coracles are made. Guided tours of the coracle displays are available, and last about 30 minutes. Tours can be pre-booked.
The poaching display shows methods of illegally capturing game and fish, from tools and methods to the history and social causes of the craft. and it is a craft, for not only did poachers need to capture their prey, they needed to do it quietly and efficiently, often in total darkness, to avoid capture themselves!
The Coracle Centre is set in the grounds of an historic 17th century flour mill, beside the salmon leap at Cenarth Falls. Admission to the historic flour mill is included in the small admission fee. The centre is usually open from Easter until Autumn.
What is a coracle?
A coracle (or currach) is a small boat without a keel. These light vessels have traditionally been used for fishing and for transportation, particularly in areas of shallow water. In Britain most coracles are now used simply for recreation, though several Welsh coracles are still used for fishing. This type of craft has been used since at least the Bronze Age, and perhaps as early as the last Ice Age.
Traditional coracles are made by weaving together a basketwork frame of foraged wood, tied together with handmade rope made from animal hair. The frame is then covered with an animal hide to create a waterproof skin.
While in Cenarth don't miss the historic medioeval church of St Llawddog, and the nearby holy well.
About National Coracle Centre, Cenarth Falls
Address: Cenarth Falls, Carmarthenshire, Wales, SA38 9JL
Attraction Type: Museum
Location: on A484
Website: National Coracle Centre, Cenarth Falls
Phone: 01239 710980
OS: SN268 415
Photo Credit: Ray Jones, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
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