Penarth Coastal Walk
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The coast line between Penarth Pier's Art Deco Pavillion to Sully Island is rich in history, from Marconi back to the Jurassic era. Join Mark for a seven mile walk exploring this fasincating area.
Starting from Penarth railway station, we will head down to Penarth Pier. We’ll head for a stroll down the promenade, past the medieval village of Cosmeston and on towards St Mary's Bay.
We'll take a detour up to Lavernock Point which contains a 14 acre area of Site of Special Scientific Interest and Lavernock Battery which dates back to 1860 and was an anti-aircraft battery during World War Two.
We’ll make our way past Sully Island, once a notorious for its use by smugglers, to Sully Bay. Weather and tide dependent, we may be able to walk over and explore Sully Island. Afterwards, we'll walk into Sully and catch the bus back to Penarth.
What to bring
For your comfort and safety please be prepared for the anticipated weather and the terrain of the walk - keep in mind the following:
Boots: Hiking boots that are both waterproof and breathable, and provide good ankle support, are important as soon as you encounter any mud. Cross trainers may suffice in good weather and flat routes.
Socks: Proper walking socks keep your feet dry, and help prevent blisters.
Walking Trousers: will be more comfortable. No Jeans which can be are heavy and cold when wet. From April to October shorts are usually a better bet.
Waterproof Over-Trousers: essential in any significant rainfall. Breathable ones are best.
Layered clothing: allows you to quickly adapt to changes in the weather as well as body temperature. E.g. a base layer or a cotton T-Shirt; a mid layer like a micro fleece, or a rugby type thick shirt, and in cooler weather an outer layer consisting of a windproof jacket or a thick fleece.
Waterproof Jacket: essential when hiking in all but the calmest of weather. You get what you pay for with these. Breathable fabrics are advisable.
Hat: essential both in mid winter to preserve heat and in summer to prevent sunburn and heatstroke.
Gloves: essential in frosty weather.
Small Rucksack: One that is comfortable to wear is essential so that you can use your arms freely. Place valuables in water proof bags inside.
Sunglassses and Sunscreen: April- Sept: comfortable sunglasses enhance your pleasure and keep insects out of the eye. Sunscreen is a must
Water: even in winter one can loose a litre or more of fluid by perspiration. If you fail to make this up you'll get dehydrated which can lead to headaches and other problems. A hydration bladder is easier to use than bottled water, but higher maintenance.
Food: a packed lunch will be required unless otherwise stated. In addition carry energy bars or similar to counter 'sugar lows'.
Medicines: If you have allergies, are diabetic, or have minor ailments don't forget these!
Extras to consider: A change of shoes as your boots may get muddy and a bag to put your boots into. If the weather is wet, it is worth considering bring a change of clothing to leave in the car or at least a change of trousers as your walking trousers may get muddy.
Food & drink
You will need to bring a packed lunch and snacks for throughout the walk, you will also need at least one litre of water.
There may be a pub stop along the route.