Cardiff Bay Barrage, 7th January

The first Wick Wanderers’ walk of the New Year found seven walkers meeting at WVH for a prompt 10am departure for the drive to Penarth Marina where we parked up and proceeded on foot to commence the Cardiff Bay trail via the Bay Barrage.

The weather was definitely in our favour with stunning cloudscapes, and spells of warm sunshine.

Having crossed the barrage, we stopped to investigate the swift tower. The tower is aimed at encouraging the birds to nest when they arrive to breed after their spring migration from Africa. The tower has a solar powered speaker playing swift calls during the breeding season to attract the birds.

Looking over the water to the imposing Grade 1 listed Pierhead Building, built in 1897. We learned that the distinctive exterior is finished with glazed terracotta blocks from Ruabon, Wrexham County Borough.

In the absence of our resident photographer, a passer-by kindly agreed to snap the WWs outside the Pierhead Building.

After a short coffee break, we walked through the Bay, past Techniquest to cross the flyover admiring the winter hedgerows as we walked by.

Dropping down to walk by the international swimming pool, we  came across the white water rafting centre where we watched and wondered at the participants  battling with the challenges of this activity.

Onward, we crossed the marina to return to our respective cars. Driving homeward in heavy rain, we reflected on our good fortune regarding the good weather we were afforded during our morning together. Here’s looking forward to our next walk.