Penarth Marina to Barry

A warm spring day, a little overcast, but a good day for walking – so we parked the car at Barry train station and took the train to Cogan (£5.20 single). Don’t ask how Cleo managed to get a muddy face before we even started!!

A muddy faced Cleo on the train
A muddy faced Cleo on the train

Cogan was about 1 km from the official start of the trail, so we strolled down to Penarth Marina and the starting point:

Penarth Barrage
Penarth Barrage
The start
The start

The first part was a steep uphill section of road into Penarth itself, past a church and along residential streets

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Then suddenly there is a left hand turn to the coast and the most amazing views of the sea and Penarth Pier

A new coastal path feature
A new coastal path feature
Looking back towards Cardiff
Looking back towards Cardiff
The pier
The pier

We wound down the hill and along the seafront – stopping for a well needed bacon roll and coffee at The Fig Tree – roll OK, service very very slow so I stopped the clock on this one!! We continued up the hill and hit some decent path, the pace was good at this point, 1 km every 10 minutes or so.

A long straight path
A long straight path
The view below
The view below
One of the islands
One of the islands

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Past an old WW2 lookout, and Lavenock church, and we then headed across Lavenstock nature reserve where things got a bit sitcky:

Mud mud glorious mud
Mud mud glorious mud

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Just time to stop for a couple of selfies on a benchIMG_1295 IMG_1294

There was a stop to see an old WW2 gun fortress at Lavernock point, and then we had a clear view of Sully Island

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Sully Island in the distance
Sully Island in the distance

At this point the coastal path goes inland behind the campsite – so we did as told – but our advice to those following in our footsteps would be to head down and along the beach and back up and save a boring mile or so.

On down into Swanbridge, and a great view of Sully Island –  The tide was out, and we chatted to some locals about the danger of heading across just before the tide turns – definitely one to come back to another day.  On past the Captain’s Wife (a pub not a person), and along the coast some more past Sully.

Captain's wife
Captain’s wife

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At this point after a snack the path has to head inland to get around Barry docks (although we suspect there is a way through somehow), a loo stop followed and then the longest most boring stretch of road into Barry with just lampposts to count.

Loooooo
Loooooo
one lamppost, two lamposts...
one lamppost, two lamposts…

Past the docks council offices, IMG_1318 IMG_1317

And then back to a nice part along the docks with the sun shining and the jumpers coming off.

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Under the railway line, turn left and there was our car by the train station. So the official walk was 19.4 km(or 12.1 miles) in 3 hours 32 mins, but excluding getting to Penarth Marina that is 11.5 miles of coastal path walked.  Taking our total to 55 miles done, 815 miles to go.

Then a stroll down to Barry Island for an ice cream added a further 1.2 km to our day (but not part of the walk) making 12.8 miles walked today (for Darren’s count!!).

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reward time
reward time

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