Vale Beach Trail

Welcome to the Vale of Glamorgan, where the sun, sea, and sand meet to create a picturesque coastline. The Vale of Glamorgan is home to many stunning beaches, each with its own unique charm and character.

If you're a beach lover, then you're in for a treat because we have a fantastic beach trail that will take you on a journey of discovery along our beautiful coastline. From secluded coves to seaside towns, the Vale of Glamorgan has something for everyone.

You'll love the Vale for its coastal variety. Such a convenient and cwtchy county, with almost every kind of beach, bay, cove and cliff you can think of. All of them are within just a few miles of each other, all within easy reach of our towns, villages, attractions and activities, all within 25 miles drive of the Welsh capital, Cardiff, and all with the most exceptional views.

The Vale coastline attracts sandcastle builders and surfers, fossil hunters and history buffs, and is absolutely perfect for walking, hiking and wildlife lovers. Approximately 25 miles of the Wales Coast Path run along our coast, and 14 miles of this is made up by the world famous and dynamic Glamorgan Heritage Coast.

So put on your walking shoes, and get ready to explore our beach trail!

Whether you like to laze on a golden beach, build sandcastles or go rock-pooling, the Vale of Glamorgan has the perfect beach. The 14 mile stretch known as the Glamorgan Heritage Coast is particularly spectacular for its geological features, wildlife and seascapes. Learn more with the Glamorgan Heritage Coast AR App. Interestingly, the tidal range of 15 metres (49 ft) along our coastline is the second highest in the world (after the Bay of Fundy in Canada).

With fourteen varied beaches spread between Ogmore in the west to Penarth in the east, right next to Cardiff Bay, you’re bound to find one which suits you. Here are some suggestions:

Ogmore-by-Sea Beach - Ogmore-By-Sea is a wide, sandy beach is a favourite among surfers and water sports enthusiasts. It's also home to the famous Ogmore Castle, which adds to its charm and historical significance. 

Dunraven Bay - Dunraven Bay is surrounded by towering cliffs and boasts a long stretch of golden sand, making it a popular spot for swimming and surfing!

Monknash Beach - This quiet, pebble beach is nestled in a peaceful cove and offers stunning views of the Bristol Channel. It's a great place for a relaxing day out by the sea. This secluded beach is also home to Nash Point Lighthouse, a historic landmark that has been guiding ships along the Welsh coast since the mid-19th century

Llantwit Major Beach - This tranquil beach is surrounded by rolling hills and boasts a long stretch of golden sand. Llantwit Major Beach is also a great place for fossil hunting, as the rocky cliffs and shores are home to a variety of prehistoric fossils and artifacts.

Aberthaw Beach - Aberthaw Beach is located at the mouth of the River Thaw and is known for its stunning views of the Welsh coastline. It's a popular spot for fishing, bird watching, and coastal walks.

Whitmore Bay - This popular seaside resort boasts a long sandy beach and a bustling promenade filled with amusement arcades, cafes, and shops. Whitmore Bay is perhaps best known as the filming location for Gavin and Stacey, and is a must-visit destination for fans of the show looking to soak up some of the series' iconic seaside charm. Read more about our Gavin and Stacey Trail here!

Jacksons Bay - This hidden gem of a beach is not only a great spot for a picnic or a romantic stroll, but it's also a fantastic location for paddle boarding, with its calm waters and tranquil surroundings providing the perfect backdrop for a relaxing paddle along the coast. Read more here!

Penarth Beach - This elegant Victorian seaside town is known for its stylish architecture and its charming pier. The beach is a mix of sand and shingle and offers stunning views of Cardiff Bay.

Read more about our beaches and things to do around them here!

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