A beautiful day for walking was immensely enjoyed; but unfortunately, only by a small number of us. After driving to Llantwit Major beach, we ascended to the Wales coastal path to the dedicated metal bench, from where we had great views of Exmoor. We progressed along the western cliff side of the Col-huw valley, passing a newly dedicated bench that had recently been installed replacing one previously in disrepair, before moving inland across fields to the Dovecote, still surviving from the 13th century and the Gatehouse. (originally for the grange of Tewksbury; also known as Abbots Llantwit.) We arrived at St Illtud’s church and took some time to look at the stones dating back to the 9th century, in the Galilee chapel. We spoke with the rector, who said that they were looking at bringing the ten churches in the diocese closer together with walks.
There is such a wealth of history to be explored here, but move on with our walk we did, continuing downhill past Flanders farm, onto Flanders Road and then gently downhill to the bottom of the valley, crossing the bridge over the Avon Col-huw. We walked along the river as it meandered to the coast arriving at the Beach cafe.
Coffee and ice creams were the order of the day as we sat, talked and relaxed having being glad to have been outside.