Walks in Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan

November 17, 2017

Did you know Wales is the only country in the World you can walk all the way around the edge of along a designated walking path?

The coastal path of Wales offers the most beautiful views both inland and out to sea. Celebrating cities as well as unspoilt coastal landscapes the coastal path runs along Cardiff Bay near our apartments at Cathedral House and into the Vale of Glamorgan where it runs at the foot of Horizon, our development of apartments coming soon to Ogmore-by-Sea. With its beautiful landscapes, South Wales is a perfect area to be explored on foot…

Cardiff Bay to Penarth – 6.2 miles

Start with a coffee on the waterfront overlooking the boats and water sports before making your way to the barrage in Penarth on this traffic-free circular walk. Along the way take in the fascinating history of Cardiff Bay along with its nature and culture. The Norwegian Church is a good stop off for arts and crafts whilst the architecture of the National Assembly Building, Y Senedd, is something to be admired, especially with the Wales Millennium Centre as it’s backdrop. Pass the Dr Who Experience and the new BBC Centre and take the path around the water, across the barrage and into Penarth Marina. Take a pit stop for a picnic or an ice-cream before strolling back to the bay past the International Sports Village near Cardiff Pointe.

Cosmeston to Sully – 5 miles

Cosmeston Lakes Country Park is a good starting point for this relatively flat circular walk around lovely lakes which attract large flocks of ducks and birds. Walk from the first lake to the reconstructed 14th-century medieval village, follow the boardwalk around, cross through the wooden gate and take the Heritage Coastal Path of Wales which from here offers stunning views across the Flat Holm and Steep Holm Islands (don’t forget your binoculars for bird spotting!). When the tide is out this walk can be extended with a visit to Sully Island just off the coastal path. Head back to the lakes for a picnic in the parkland.

Ogmore to Southerndown – 4.5 miles

Start at the beach in Ogmore-by-Sea and walk towards the mouth of the River Ogmore, follow the river inland and enjoy lovely views across to Porthcawl and the Merthyr Mawr sand dunes (great for a picnic!). Just past Ogmore castle, a path on your right leads you to blue bridleway signs, following the path through fields gives you amazing rural views of the area and over to Southerndown beach. Take the cliff top route back from the beach and you will pass Horizon, our new development of apartments coming soon to Ogmore-by-Sea, just before you get back to the beach.

Taff Trail – 1 to 55 miles

Running between Cardiff Bay and Brecon, the Taff Trail is a walking and cycle path which follows the course of the beautiful River Taff. Start your walk at Roald Dahl Plass in Cardiff Bay and head west to Cardiff city centre passing Cardiff Central railway station (where you can take a train back to the bay) and the Principality Stadium. Walk along the boardwalk of the stadium to Sophia Gardens and the Swalec Stadium, take a slight detour to our apartments at Cathedral House which overlook the gardens, and carry on along the Taff through Bute Park and Pontcanna Fields, stop for an ice-cream and decide if you want to follow the signs further in to the beautiful Welsh Valleys and finishing 55 miles later in the Brecon mountains.


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