Llantwit Major, 30th January

A good crowd of WW’s gathered outside WVH to arrange car share over to Llantwit Major to meet up in the car park by the town hall to start our circular walk down to the beach.

The weather was on our side, dry, bright and sunny as we set off down the back lanes onto Colhugh Street which leads down to the beach car park. We branched off right onto Flanders Road and onto the VMH trail which goes through Lower House Farm and follows the upper edge of the valley down to the headland. The trail was upgraded during the pandemic and is now wider with a good hardcore surface and new gates, and is a big improvement to the narrow muddy path that quite a few of the group remember.

Stopping at the headland to admire the view by some, and the metal seat by others, we went down the steps, over the bridge and stopped at the edge of the car park. This was the ideal opportunity to have our group photo taken by Graham, and for me to collect the order for refreshments (at the cafes request) where I had booked an upstairs table after the walk.

Continuing on our walk through the car park, Graham pointed out one of the newly installed bicycle repair stations which we have seen on other walks in St Brides Major and Ogmore by Sea. However, this one was bright green which was strange as the others were black – definitely more noticeable though.  

We followed the footpath alongside the Col-Huw river admiring the colourful tree branches along its banks. This region was completely flooded a couple of weeks ago when I recce the walk, but thankfully we were able to continue through the kissing gate and muddy meadow back onto the road. It is an uphill gradient back up Colhugh St and branching left into Methodist Lane we arrived back at the car park.

Once we had changed our boots, it was time for refreshments in Cafe Velo. The upstairs room has a large table with benches which nearly managed to seat all of us around it and we were very pleased to see Ann Price who joined us there.

A wonderful turn out for a Winter walk and we welcomed Marilyn on her first walk with the group.