The Wales Coast Path was officially opened on Saturday – the world’s first country to have a complete coastal walk. To celebrate, we have a lovely circular walk which takes you along part of the coastal walk starting near the lighthouses at Nash Point and into the picturesque town of Llantwit Major, about 20 miles south-west of Cardiff. It’s an historic town with a history stretching back over 3000 years. The narrow winding streets are lovely to walk around – although do take care as most don’t have pavements. You could also stop off at one of the pubs in the town to break your walk – I had an excellent Sunday roast at The Old Swan Inn with family a couple of months ago.
The pebble beach and dramatic clifftops at Llantwit Major form part of the Glamorgan Heritage Coast. The coastal path should afford you some lovely views right across the Bristol Channel – although the area can be prone to fog, so bear that in mind! If you don’t want to do the full walk, you can always avoid the detour and loop of Llantwit Major and just circle back to the car park at Nash Point – this should make the walk around 4 miles. You do still pass The Horseshoe Inn at Marcross on this shortened route, so there’s still opportunity for a pub break!
The Nash Point Lighthouse is worth a visit too if you have time. It was the last manned lighthouse in Wales, finally becoming automated in 1998.
The Wales Coast Path won’t be marked on the current OS Explorer Maps – you’re actually following much of the Valeways Millenium Heritage Trail, which is clearly marked. Your starting point is the Nash Point car park, grid reference 916683. We’ve plotted the route on OS getamap too – enjoy your walk along part of the Wales Coast Path.
Length of route:
OS Explorer Map (1:25 000) Cardiff & Bridgend