Penarth is a small seaside resort on the South Wales Coast. It has a long esplanade, many Victorian style houses, nice gardens and a typical British pier which was built in 1894.
From Penarth you can take a nice walk along the seaside in the direction of Lavernock Point. Interesting enough, the lovely lady at the Tourist Information Office didn't know anything about the path.
Penarth is situated about 5 miles south of Cardiff and it is well served by local trains or buses. Catch bus No. 92, 93, or 94 at Cardiff Central Bus Station to get to Penarth.
Penarth is an old Victorian seaside town close to Cardiff. I walked there in the late afternoon, when I just headed across the Barrage, so there was not much time left to explore, and in low season there was not a lot going on, but I still enjoyed it.
Penarth has of course a beach with a distinctive pier and pavilion, although the pavilion has fallen into disrepair and needs renovation. The town itself has some nice historical buildings and green parks. What I liked most is St Augustine Church - this is a church located on the highest point in this part of Wales! Of course it means that walking up there is quite strenuous - in fact most of Penarth is very hilly - but the views and the interesting church itself are worth it!
Walking is of course not the only way to get to Penarth - you can also get a train, or take a boat from Cardiff. The train only takes a few minutes, so it is a very easy trip if you want to get out of Cardiff for a few hours.
For more info, have a look at my Penarth page!
At Cosmeston Lakes Country park you will find over 90ha of lakes, woodlands and meadows open to the public all the year round. A place you can relax, walk and take a closer look at nature. The park was formerly a Limestone quarry, when quarrying ceased in 1970, under ground springs flooded parts of the area, creating lakes and wet lands. The quarry spoil areas were landscaped and together with the lakes form the main features of the park which you can see today. Why not take the opportunity to explore the contrasting wildlife areas? Walk along the boardwalk through tall Bulrushes and Reed beds or through a fine broad-leaved woodland seeing a variety of birds, also foxes grey squirrels and many other animals may be seen in their natural habitat.
This 250-metre-long pier was built of cast iron and timber construction in 1894. Following an extensive refurbishment programme ending in 1988, it prides itself on being one of the best remaining Victorian piers in Britain, and is certainly one of the best of its type in Wales.
There are magnificent views, plenty of seating, a refreshments area and amusements for the children. You get all this here, as well as the bracing sea air.
Make sure you try the famous Thayers ice cream, which is made with fresh cream and comes in a host of delicious flavours. The pier is open all day through the summer months.
I live in Penarth which is 6km south west of Cardiff and it lies on the north shore of the Bristol Channel. It has a pier, restuarants, bars and on a clear day, views of the English coast. In summer, there are regular pleasure trips by paddle steamer to place all along the Bristol Channel coast.