Cosmeston Country Park
Cosmeston offers a fine introduction to the countryside and is open all year round.
The park has been designed to enable people of all abilities to discover and enjoy the countryside found within the Vale of Glamorgan. The country park has a variety of habitats covering over 100 hectares of land and water, with some areas designated a S.S.S.I (Site of Special Scientific Interest) protecting the rare and diverse plant and animal species. The park opened to the public in 1978 and today Cosmeston Lakes Country Park is a haven for local wildlife. Its flat, even paths are easily accessible to everyone and many people visit again and again.
The two flooded quarries have become the main lakes at Cosmeston. The 12 ha of open water attracts large flocks of waterfowl which include impressive numbers of mute swans, mallards and diving birds such as the great crested grebe. The two former tip sites to the north were carefully landscaped to form meadows and open grassland. The woodland, meadows and wetland habitats at Cosmeston Lakes are all sensitively managed. On the western side are the Dovecot Fields which are separated by Sully Brook running through the middle. It is here that the remains of a medieval dovecot can be seen.
In 2021 a fabulous new children's play area was completed alongside which you will find picnic benches and refreshments. Look out for the Curiosity Trail for kids and the totem listening point and match-finder game hidden in the woods.
Situated within the country park is a reconstructed 14th century medieval village. Here, costumed guides show visitors around the period furnished buildings.
Cosmeston have 2 wheelchairs available which are free to hire just fill out a form at the reception when you arrive
The car park is laid with tarmac with ramps to the Reception building, and the café has toilets to include accessible changing facilities (only open during café hours). There is a further outside toilet block off the main carpark and a disabled toilet accessed via a radar key 24 hours
Access around the East Lake is via boardwalk, dust/gravel paths and tarmac paths which are wheelchair accessible, further afield there are some steep inclines and off the main path routes through fields which would not be suitable for wheelchairs
Access to the Medieval Village is along a wooden boardwalk and tarmac path which are all wheelchair accessible, once inside the Medieval Village there are fine gravel/dust pathways, the buildings are reconstructed to original specifications, however, there are ramps allowing wheelchair access
There are toilets at the Medieval Village to include a disabled toilet with ramp access
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