We went down Cwm Nash last weekend.
This photo is at the end of the Cwm (valley) looking back inland. It’s quite interesting because all of the rock either side here (out of view) is grey liassic limestone that weathers to a light buff colour. But all of the buff coloured cliff face here is post glacial tufa. Tufa is a calcareous deposit. All of the cliff that you can see here is lime that has precipitated from the valley stream since the last ice age – only about 12,000 years ago. So the cliff has slowly built up from the stream. The stream is currently quite small and now comes out of the bridge structure over to the right. Continue reading “Tufa cliffs at Cwm Nash Beach”
There was a great sunset over the Vale of Glamorgan last night. Reminded me of a Turner painting. We get … Continue reading Sunset over the Vale of Glamorgan
Cardiff Castle was featured prominently in the news recently as the host venue of a dinner at the 2014 NATO … Continue reading Cardiff Castle
Last week we went to the National Eisteddfod of Wales in Llandow, in the Vale of Glamorgan. We were invited as guests of the Principality Building Society which was very nice. The Principality is Wales’ largest mutual building society and is the main sponsor of the National Eisteddfod choral competitions.
The Eisteddfod is a cultural festival and is held annually in Wales. Its location alternates each year between north and south Wales and is normally held at a new site each time. This year Llandow between Cowbridge and Llantwit Major was chosen. Continue reading “Eisteddfod 2012”
We stopped off today at Llantrithyd Church. It’s situated in the centre of the rural Vale of Glamorgan half way between Cardiff and Cowbridge. It’s off the beaten track along a small lane that runs from Bonvilston through the countryside eventually ending up in Llantwit Major.
The church appears to date from the 1500s and is a beautiful place. The inside of the church is well worth a visit when it’s open – “Here is a massive 16th century family altar tomb dominating the tiny interior. It retains its colourful paint and gilded detailing and shows a man in armour laying next to his wife, both with their hands together in prayer.” – Wales Online
Continue reading “Llantrithyd Church and Manor House”
I get a few people visiting this site looking for snow and traffic advice in the winter. You may find … Continue reading UK Snow Map
Even though it’s been 3 years the restaurant hasn’t appeared to change much. Although fairly non-descript on the outside the inside has a medieval feel to it (click on the photo for a better view). Even though it has a high roof in the main part of the restaurant the use of drapes and banners gives a warm cosy feel. The front of the restaurant has a wood burning stove which enhances the ambience – especially when the owner Georg Fuchs managed to fill the room with smoke! Continue reading “Illtud’s 216 Restaurant Review”
One of the most popular pages on this site is my Things to do and where to go in South … Continue reading Things to do and where to go in South Wales
Amy Davies has been running a personally funded project to document the amazing Cardiff Arcades. She has some great photographs … Continue reading Cardiff Arcades Project
The Gower is one of South Wales’ big tourist attractions. It’s a peninsular just west of Swansea and was the first area in the United Kingdom to be designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It’s a real mix of rugged coastline, glorious beaches, great views and castles.
I was lucky enough to fly around the Gower last summer so some of the photos in this post will give you a great view of some of the great beaches.
The Met Office is forecasting some heavy snow for South Wales over the next few days.
You may find the following information useful if you’re travelling through, or around, South Wales: Continue reading “Useful Information for South Wales Snow”
Autumn is fully upon us in Cardiff Bay. These trees are alongside the Roath Basin next to the Atradius building, … Continue reading Autumn Colours in Cardiff Bay
Last weekend was the popular Abergavenny Food Festival. Dan of the Whither Wales blog has written an interesting post on … Continue reading Abergavenny Food Festival – Whither Wales
Last week we stayed in the excellent Patricks With Rooms in Mumbles. Mumbles is one of our favourite seaside destinations in South Wales.
Patricks is an excellent hotel with a great restaurant. It’s located right on the main promenade only yards from the sea. The hotel has 16 individual bedrooms, the renowned restaurant and a relaxing bar area. There’s also a small gym and weights room for residents. Continue reading “Review – Patricks with Rooms, Mumbles”