Llantwit Major to Southerndown

After a lot of changing our minds, we decided that for our second walk we would do the Llantwit Major to Southerndown route which is 8 miles.  We headed to Southerndown where we left the car to catch a bus into Llantwit Major. It was a rather foggy morning with not a lot to see at this point:

Southerndown in the fog
Southerndown in the fog

But while waiting for the bus the fog magically lifted – the guidebook said that bus 145 was the one to get us to Llantwit Major, but that had been replaced in 2013 by the 305, which turned up 15 mins late, and we were on our way.

Cleo excited to be on the bus (maybe)
Cleo excited to be on the bus (maybe)

Once in Llantwit Major we headed for the beach (which explains why we walked nearly 2 miles further than the coastal path today), grabbed a coffee and hot chocolate and headed up the first cliff.

Cleo posing with Sharon nice and clean before the walk
Cleo posing with Sharon nice and clean before the walk
The view from the cliff down onto Llantwit beach
The view from the cliff down onto Llantwit beach

We had debated whether to go with walking boots or wellies, and opted again for wellies, which turned out to be the right choice after the first mile which was mainly spent sliding from side to side in the mud.

mud mud glorious mud
mud mud glorious mud
Sharon high-hurdling
Sharon high-hurdling

We found a contender for house by the sea at Tresilian Bay

Fortresses
Fortresses
Wild mushrooms
Wild mushrooms
Tresilian House
Tresilian House

Once we climbed up the other side of this cove we were faced with a problem:

End of the walk?
End of the walk?

Part of the path had fallen off the cliff into the sea below, but we were able to detour slightly and keep the walk going:

And not up here
The path is not up here
Is down there...
It is down there…
The missing path
The missing path

Lunch followed at St Donat’s castle

St Donats's castle
St Donat’s castle
Lunchtime selfie
Lunchtime selfie

And off we set on better paths to the Nash Point Lighthouses

Nash Point lighthouses as we neared them
Nash Point lighthouses as we neared them
Nash point lighthouses in the distance
Nash point lighthouses in the distance
Well mostly better paths- Sharon did have to swim across this one
Well mostly better paths- Sharon did have to swim along this one

The rest of the walk was one of the most picturesque and quietest walks we have been on, very few people had ventured out today, and this was one we will return to on a summer’s evening when the views will be even more spectacular:

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Which bridge should I cross?
This one is safer!!
This one is safer!!

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There were some massive slippery slopes to climb down, and some equally large hills to climb up, and Sharon gained the first injury of the walks when she slipped on to some gorse and drew blood (I didn’t pass out!!).

Another bridge to cross
Another bridge to cross
Over a very pretty stream
Over a very pretty stream

And time for a very nice view while eating afternoon tea

Afternoon tea view
Afternoon tea view
Cleo enjoying a rest
Cleo enjoying a rest

And before we knew it the walk was almost at an end as we past through Dunraven castle, and on over to Southerndown and our waiting car.

For those who like statistics (and who wouldn’t!!), the walk was 15km or just under 10 miles, and took just over 3 hours including breaks.  During the walk we gained a total of 654 metres in elevation.  So that is now 17.5 miles completed, and 852.5 to go. Already planning the next leg of our journey.

Andrew and Sharon

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