Today’s walk of the walk comes from the team at Brecon Carreg. It’s in beautiful South Wales and takes in part of the Wales Coast Path too.
Distance: 5 miles (8km)
Refreshments: Café & pub
Public toilets: Yes
Car parking: Yes
Public Transport: Bus: Cardiff Bus route 94
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Start from: Cosmeston Lakes Country Park car park.
1 From Cosmeston car park, go to the nearest lakeside. Turn left and take the boardwalk behind the café. After 1km, take the left fork. Shortly after, you’ll meet a wide cross track.
2 Go left, following the track for 100 metres. Next, go over the stile on your right, following the footpath sign.
3 Walk left uphill, keeping to the right of some old walls. Then go through a gateway in the corner of the ﬁeld. Keeping to the left of the ﬁeld as it curves, look out for a partly hidden stile on your left – about 100 metres before the end of the ﬁeld. Climb over the stile then immediately turn and go over the second stile/old gate which brings you into the corner of the next ﬁeld.
4 Now head diagonally left uphill towards some small hillocks, passing them to the right. Two gates are now ahead: go through the one on the right, then keep left. Walking to the right of the barns, leave the farm by a stile in the corner of the ﬁeld, near the farmhouse. Walk down the farm entrance drive to the road.
5 Cross to the road opposite and continue for about 500 metres to Sully. There is no footpath, so take care. Continue on Cog Road, through the village for about 750 metres, ignoring side turns. Look out for the Sully Inn on your left and, 50 metres beyond, keep to the left-hand pavement as it curves left in front of church.
6 Walk past the bus shelter and, 50 metres beyond it, cross the road and take the signed footpath at the kissing gate.
7 Take this path to the seafront.
8 Go left over the shingle beach in front of houses, before joining a coastal path near the old boat slipway. You’ll be able to see three islands; from the left, Flat Holm, Sully Island and Steep Holm. Keep to the coast path for about 1km until you reach a large sports ﬁeld. Keep to the perimeter path above the beach, leaving the sports ﬁeld in the top right hand corner to join a road. Go right and then down the road to Swan bridge.
9 It is possible to walk over to Sully Island from here at low tide. But check tide times carefully as the island is usually only accessible for about two hours either side of low water and the incoming tide is very dangerous. Walk east across the car park keeping to the coast until you reach a small gateway which takes you onto the coastal road.
10 Go up this road, keeping to it for about 1.5 kms to the B4267 Penarth-Sully Road. Cross the road to a track opposite (Cosmeston Park notices on gate), carry on and the recreated medieval village soon appears on the right. Take the metalled lane on your right, signed to the village, and then, unless you want to visit the village, go left at village entrance, over bridge and boardwalk to re-join the car park.
11 The walk can be extended by use of the paths around both lakes. Refreshments are usually available at cafés in Cosmeston and Swanbridge and the Sully and Swanbridge Inns.