This five mile coastal walk along the Bristol Channel cliff tops had been scheduled for the 20th February, but Storm Franklin led to the wise decision to postpone the event by one week and Sunday 27th February dawned with blue skies and relatively light winds. The walk was designed to allow a liner coastal journey using the parallel rail service. So with some arriving from Cardiff by rail and others joining at Barry, 11 people met at Rhoose station and set off for the nearby coast path.
The walk progressed past a nature lagoon formed from a former quarry with views across the sea to Exmoor and the Quantock Hills. Following a gentle descent through woodland we reached sea level and the extensive pebble beach fronting Porthkerry Country Park. Our picnics were eaten sitting in the sunny, extensive open space of the park in the shadow of the imposing railway viaduct, and a few were tempted by the offerings of the park café.
We continued heading east, climbing up through woodland before emerging in the outskirts of Barry with views along the coast towards the Holm islands, and the route then passed historic Barry harbour, a bay superseded with the development of the much larger docks for coal export in the late 19th century. The walk concluded with a short walk across the causeway to the ‘island’ where the town’s seaside attractions are concentrated; the end of a gentle winter ramble which provided a variety of sights over a short distance.
Thanks to Peter Kingsbury for leading this great winter walk.