We had a quick run down to Llantwit Major beach last night. It was probably one of the best evenings that we have had for quite a while, and the evening light was amazing.
The beach was quite quiet which was surprising considering that it was the start of the holiday weekend. There were a 3 or 4 camper vans parked up in the valley leading to the beach, and just a few cars and that was it.
Yesterday we visited Ogmore Castle. The castle dates from about 1116. It’s pretty unusual as it is low-lying and right next to the river Ogmore. There is a moat that apparently used to fill at high tide (the River Ogmore is tidal here). Not much remains of the castle now but it’s still worth a visit. read more
We went a bit further afield today to the Newbridge Inn in Tredunnock, near Usk (map). The Newbridge Inn is a pub / restaurant and hotel owned by Chris Evans of Radio and TV fame. The head-chef is Iain Sampson. We had booked for lunch, but there wasn’t any need as it was very quiet. It’s in an ideal location right next to a wonderful bridge over the River Usk. read more
Somewhere a bit different today – a visit to a Neolithic burial chamber right in the middle of the Vale of Glamorgan. I’ve always seen the signs to Tinkinswood but have never visited. It’s pretty amazing and compliments the nearby St Lythan’s Dolmen – you can visit both in a couple of hours if you wish. No need to travel to Orkney to see some really impressive Neolithic archeology.
The burial chamber is big and dates from around 4,000BC. You wonder how they managed to get the 40 ton capstone on top. read more
We went for a little trip along the South Wales coast today from Nash Point to Llantwit Major. When we got to Llantwit it was getting quieter but the cafe was busy because of the high tide. At high tide the beach is totally covered apart from some of the pebbles at the top. read more
This weekend we had a lttle trip out to “BlueBell Valley” near Castle-upon-Alun between Wick, Ewenny and St Brides. We have always called it this because of the splendid display of Bluebells at this time of year.
It’s not the sort of place that you’d find in passing – you need to go down some pretty twisty lanes from Ewenny. It’s a really interesting valley. It has a scenic approach from the Ewenny direction followed by a ford. Continuing on the road twists and turns until you pass an old limestone quarry. read more
We visited the British Drift Championships at Llandow Circuit yesterday. I was surprised to see that one of the top drivers is Shane Lynch of Boyzone fame. The photo shows Shane drifting around the first bend. Nice car! It’s a Skyline R33 GTS-T. The photo was taken by Kee. Have a look at his Flickr photos, there are some other good shots of some of the other cars there. read more
The Bwlch is a 1600ft mountain just north of Nantymoel north of Bridgend. It’s quite a climb up even by car but the views are well worth it. This photo show the final climb up as the road zig-zags from Nantymoel. From the top you have great views down into Treorchy in the Rhondda valley. The top of the mountain is popular with model plane soarers.
Well worth a visit by car or even by foot if you’re feeling brave!
This has to be one of my favourite shots of Cardiff Bay. I took it in October 2007 at about 9 in the morning. The Bay is amazingly smooth and the reflections are great. The St David’s Hotel is in the background.
The wooden structures in the foreground are called dolphins and were used to moor ships against when the bay was a full operating port. The Bay is a great place especially when you get good weather like it was on this day.
Siani is a South Wales based blogger with quite a different perspective on South Wales. She seems to do most of her travelling around the area using public transport which definitely makes her blog stand out.
Her recent post on Kidwelly Castle and the farmhouse at St. Fagans makes me realise how lucky we are to have all of these great castles in South Wales. I’ve never been to Kidwelly Castle but it looks pretty cool. Definitely worth a visit!
So you’re wondering what to do in South Wales?
Updated 9th June 2008: visit my Things to Do in South Wales page for even more ideas.
Here are a few of my ideas taken from my other site http://www.south-wales.info
So this is it, the first item on my new blog about South Wales. Having sold my previous site on South Wales tourism (http://www.south-wales.org.uk) to my new friend Bob it’s time to move on. Obviously I don’t want to replicate anything on my old site so the idea of this site is to post things that I find interesting about South Wales as I spend my time here. I’ve a big interest in photography so I expect to post a lot of pictures of South Wales and the surrounding area. I also expect to suggest the best pubs and restaurants that I discover as I still have a keen interest in this topic!
Here’s my first photo taken earlier today – the River Ewenny at Merthyr Mawr. Much more picturesque than when it flows through nearby Bridgend!
River Ewenny at Merthyr Mawr