Undiscovered Glamorgan Coast and Countryside Walk

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Lowland and Hill Walks
Jan 19
2019

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14km (8 miles)6 Hours

Using the Valeways Millennium Heritage Trail and Wales Coastal Path, we will explore the countryside and ancient woodland, finding deserted habitations, archaic churches, and a hidden castle, including St Donats Castle and Church (dating from 1092). We will then investigate Llantwit Major which was home to St Illtyds Monastery and College in the 6th century, the school is believed to be Britain’s earliest centre of learning, which was destroyed by the Vikings in 987, we will see the (still standing) St Illtyds 13th century church and the medieval cobbled streets and buildings of the 15th and 16th centuries. After that, we will follow the spectacular, rugged coastline of the Glamorgan Heritage Coast, playing on the beaches as we go past Atlantic College (where the Rigid Inflatable Boat was invented) and a couple of lighthouses (including the last manned lighthouse in Wales) on our way back to Nash Point, where at low tide, the remains of the BP tanker “Driver” which crashed and sank in 1962 (despite the lighthouse) can still be seen at low tide.

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