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Beaches & Coast

Sandy beaches, fossilhunting, cliff walking and fantastic views...

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.

Views to write and text home about...

On a clear day from Penarth, you can see Sully Island, FlatHolm and Steep Holm, the English coast, and all the way up the Bristol Channel to the two Severn bridges. From Barry, you can gaze all the way across the water to Somerset and even Glastonbury Tor and the Mendip Hills.

Nash Point, with it's Lighthouse and the Cliff Top Cafe, area highly recommended visit for the views. From here you can see all the way from North Somerset to Ilfra combe in Devon. On clear days with binoculars you can see out into the Atlantic, or glimpse Lundy Island. And in the other direction, view the South Wales coast down to the Gower Peninsula or the Pembrokeshire coastline.

Natural beauty, rugged rocks, sandy havens and clifftop walking

Whatever you do, don't miss Lavernock, Rhoose, Llantwit Major, Monknash, Southerndown and Ogmore-by-Sea for some quieter spots. There's a little bit of everything to tempt your beach-trekking taste-buds. From sandy, duned havens to spectacular limestone cliffs and beaches. Such a wonderful section of coast. We remind ourselves regularly just how lucky we are.

Sandcastles, fairgrounds, a pretty pier, and long promenades...

Two of the most popular and famous areas to visit along theVale coastline, are Barry and Barry Island, and Penarth. Both have lovely days out to offer.

Penarth has its promenade and pier, and you just can't resist a walk on a pier, can you. There's nothing quite like it to experience the water all around and beneath you, the sound of the waves, the cool breeze off the water, and the outstanding views. There's gentle walking and fantastic views available too from Penarth's cliff-top walks.

Barry and Barry Island have five different beaches, with vast expanses of sand, or rock-pools, or pebble beaches, and a fossil and dinosaur footprint hunters paradise at the Bendricks too. The pleasure park, promenades, and the high points between the bays, all make for a memorable visit and unforgettable views up and down the Vale coast and across to Somerset in England.

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Attractions near the coast

Vale of Glamorgan LogoThe Glamorgan Heritage Coast
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Llantwit Major & the Glamorgan Heritage Coast

The Glamorgan Heritage Coast

The Glamorgan Heritage Coast, 14 miles of unspoilt coastline and breath taking scenery.

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Vale of Glamorgan LogoBarry Island Beach Huts
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Barry & Barry Island

Barry Island Beach Huts

Barry Island has 24 vibrantly coloured beach huts with excellent views across Whitmore Bay.

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Vale of Glamorgan LogoBarry Island Promenade Fun Park
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Barry Island Promenade Fun Park

Charles Harris Fun Fairs presents a Barry Island Promenade Fun Park.

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Vale of Glamorgan LogoBeach Wheelchairs at Barry Island
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Beach Wheelchairs at Barry Island

All-terrain beach wheelchairs available at Barry Island.

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Vale of Glamorgan LogoCwm Nash
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Llantwit Major & the Glamorgan Heritage Coast

Cwm Nash

Off the beaten track, Cwm Nash Beach - also known as Monknash, is the perfect quiet get away.

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Vale of Glamorgan LogoDunraven Bay (Southerndown)
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Llantwit Major & the Glamorgan Heritage Coast

Dunraven Bay (Southerndown)

Much loved by the locals and attracting many visitors every year, although officially called Dunraven Bay, it is also often referred to as Southerndown beach taking its name from the nearby village.

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Vale of Glamorgan LogoJackson's Bay
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Barry & Barry Island

Jackson's Bay

A pretty cove nestled between Barry Yacht Club and Barry Island.

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Vale of Glamorgan LogoLlantwit Major Beach (Cwm Colhuw)
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Llantwit Major & the Glamorgan Heritage Coast

Llantwit Major Beach (Cwm Colhuw)

Popular with families and surfers alike, Cwm Colhuw beach is packed with all the facilities you need for a family day out.

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Vale of Glamorgan LogoNash Point Beach and Lighthouse
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Nash Point Beach and Lighthouse

Nash Point, in the heart of the Glamorgan Heritage Coast, is a spectacular location to visit.

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Vale of Glamorgan LogoNational Coastwatch Institution, Barry Island
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National Coastwatch Institution, Barry Island

Situated at Nell's Point, Barry Island - the National Coastwatch Institution (NCI), looks out over the Bristol Channel and beyond.

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Vale of Glamorgan LogoOgmore By Sea Beach
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Ogmore By Sea Beach

This idyllic beach offers visitors a captivating blend of natural beauty and historical significance, making it a popular destination for both locals and tourists alike.

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Vale of Glamorgan LogoWales Coast Path
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Wales Coast Path

Over 60km of the Wales Coast Path runs along the beautiful Vale of Glamorgan coastline.

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Vale of Glamorgan LogoWhitmore Bay Beach, Barry Island
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Whitmore Bay Beach, Barry Island

Whitmore Bay at Barry Island is a sweeping crescent of perfect golden sand flanked by a wide promenade. 24 vibrantly coloured beach huts available for hire,climbing wall, mist feature, beach wheelchairs and year round events.

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Activities Near the coast

Vale of Glamorgan LogoIsland SUP Ltd
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Barry & Barry Island

Island SUP Ltd

Island SUP ASI & AALA Accredited SUP School and Club based on the beautiful Barry Island in the Vale of Glamorgan. We offer stand up paddle board beginner, improver, advanced and SUP Surf lessons with UK national champion Kerry Baker.

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Vale of Glamorgan LogoOBS Watersports
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OBS Watersports

Surfboard hire, Paddleboard hire, and Mountain Bikes

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Vale of Glamorgan LogoVale Paddle Sports
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Barry & Barry Island

Vale Paddle Sports

We offer SUP, sit on top kayak, sea kayak and canoe taster sessions and coaching.

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