Monknash Vale of Glamorgan

  Map OS Explorer 151 Cardiff to Bridgend

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Dear Reader,

I miss the sea, the sound and the smell so I decided to drive to Monknash to seek the real sea not the Severn estuary. Left the house 7 30am, weather was glorious and roads were empty.

I arrived at Monknash to be greeted by amazing clear views, sky larks, chaffinch’s and sea gulls.

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The Monknash Coast is a site of Special Scientific Interest for its sequence of limestone deposits and its eroding hard coastline and cliffs. They have been shaped over a thousands of years  to form the four and a half kilometre stretch of coastline between Cwm Nash and St Donat’s Point which allows an understanding of how the present coastline has evolved.

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I was last at Nash Point Lighthouse 3 years ago. I heard wonderful story-teller Amanda Rackstraw perform her story it was a great evening. Nash Point lighthouse was built in 1832 as a response to the wreck of the “Frolic” with a loss of  40 lives. The Western light is now decommissioned but the Eastern one is still working albeit unmanned.

 

 

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The path was very dry  and uneven had to keep mind to feet.

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The stiles on the coastal path fascinate me.

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Midges and flies were out in force and I was breakfast. It is no fun being bitten.

This stile appeared mystical to me.

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Climbed over into a beautiful woodland above St Donat’s Castle. St Donat’s was built in the 12th Century. The Castle has had many owners Today it is the home to UWC Atlantic Collage.

I stayed awhile in this magical woodland to hear the sea and get away from the midges. Lucky I had a spare white cotton shirt that I put over my head and shoulders. Yes midgies bite at my skull. As I write my skull is coverd in bites waiting for me to scatch. That is why during the summer I always walk early mornings or late evenings.

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Such beauty shaped by nature and history.

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I had to leave the walk a mile short, the midges were too much and I forgot my cream.

PS There is a very good 13th century pub called “The Plough and Harrow” It was used by Monks for storage but also as a mortuary for the bodies of sailors who were lured to the hazardous coast by infamous Wreckers of Wick. They do say the pub is haunted.

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