Continuing our walk around Cardiff in the mud! Alec had said I ought to record the muddy paths we trod, so I did, here’s the evidence.
Just outside Dinas Powis in the Vale of Glamorgan, near to Michaelstone-le-Pit, are the disused fisheries known as Salmon Leaps. There’s a lovely circular walk from Dinas Powis that takes these in, as well as extension off it that goes to Caerau and the unexpected vantage point that allows you to look over the city
The River Usk, alomng with the Wye and Severn, experiences a very high tidal range. This results in extensive tidal mud flats which, as in this case, can take on extraordinary patterns – created as the water drains off the flooded river banks, onto the flats and into the river as the tide goes out.
I’d thought this stretch of the Wales Coastal Path might have been a “bit boring” with not much variety in landscape – nothing could have been further from the truth. It may be flat but the wild flowers, the birds, the butterflies and moths and the fascinating salt marsh make this a quite captivating area.
The dawdle from Cardiff Bay to Barry Docks is a great “local” walk if you can forgive the boring bits along the clifftop from Penarth to Lavernock (where the views of the estuary are hidden behind scrubby vegetation) and the long drag into Barry Docks through commercial and industrial space. In between you have views