The Glamorgan Heritage Coast stretches for 14 miles, from Aberthaw to Porthcawl with plunging cliffs, secluded coves and breathtaking views it is a must for walkers, cyclists or anyone with a love of the countryside.  The whole coastline is fringed with delightful towns, small villages and miles of footpaths and country lanes. By far the best way to explore this remote and beautiful coastline is on foot.

The tidal range here is the second highest in the world after the Bay of Fundy in Canada, this, along with the dramatic blue lias cliffs creates stunning seascapes to rival any coastline in Britain!

All of this combined with wooded valleys, spectacular wildlife and 2000 years of human habitation, makes this coastline truly unique.

The Vale of Glamorgan Tourism department has devised several Vale Trails around the coast and countryside covering 60km of the Welsh Coastal path


Vale Trail 4 Park and Seaside walk starts at The Leys Beach, Limpert Bay (Gileston Beach)

From quiet coves to the bustling beaches of Barry, this trail offers walkers the opportunity to experience the Vale of Glamorgan’s diverse coastline

Limpert Bay to Barry Island Walk: 7 miles / Porthkerry Circular Walk: 3.5 miles

It also takes in many of the Vale’s historic landmarks, such as the remains of the  Roman Villa near the Knap, and the more modern, albeit Victorian, railway viaduct  seen from Porthkerry Country Park.

Fans of the sitcom Gavin and Stacey will be thrilled that the walk ends at Barry Island. What better way to finish than to visit the slot machines where Nessa worked and enjoy a cup of tea or ice cream (depending on the weather) at Marco’s?

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Vale Trail 4 Park and Seaside walk
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