GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Llantwit Major Walks

7 miles (12 km)

This pleasant town in the Vale of Glamorgan has some lovely coastal walks along the Bristol Channel. You can stroll down to Colhugh Beach which has the remnants of an Iron Age fort and some of the finest examples ofJurassicPeriod fossils in Wales. It's also a popular spot for surfers when the conditions are right.
In the town there's medieval cobbled streets and some fine 15th and 16th century buildings to see. Of particular interest to historians is the 13th-centurySt Illtyd's Church, which was built near the ancient monastery. The church is aGrade I listed buildingand one of the oldest parish churches in Wales. It highlights the significance of the town as the most important early Christian settlement in Wales, founded by St Illtud.
This walk takes you from the town to the coastal viewpoint at Nash Point. It's about a 4 mile walk from the town to the lighthouse along a reasonably flat path which forms part of the Glamorgan Heritage Coast.
Start the walk from the town centre near to the visitor centre. From here you can pick up footpaths and head south to meet up with the Afon Col-Huw. You then follow the river down to Llantwit Major beach.
The route then heads west to Tresilian Bay where there's an old Second World War pill box and some fine views.
The route continues to St Donat's, passing the college and medieval castle before coming to Nash Point. Here you'll find a Grade II listed lighthouse, which dates from 1831-32. There's some wonderful cliff top views over the Bristol Channel from here. After taking in the views you return to the town on the same paths.

Llantwit Major OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Llantwit Major Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Walks near Llantwit Major

  • Nash Point - This coastal circular walk in the Vale of Glamorgan visits Nash Point Lighthouse on the Monknash Coast
  • Glamorgan Heritage Coast - This walk follows a section of the lovely Glamorgan Heritage Coast from Dunraven Bay to Nash Point lighthouse and St Donat's Castle
  • Cowbridge - This attractive market town is located in the Vale of Glamorgan near to Cardiff and Bridgend
  • Church College and Lighthouse Walk - A circular walk along the Glamorgan Heritage Coastline.

Pubs/Cafes

Head to the Old Swan Inn for some refreshments after your walk. The pub dates all the way back to the 12th Century and includes a charming old interior with log fires and oak beams. They have a very good menu and a lovely garden area to relax in on warmer days. You can find the pub on Church Street with a postcode of CF61 1SB for your sat navs.

Dog Walking

The coastal paths and the beach make for a fine dog walk. The Old Swan Inn mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Just a few miles to the north you'll find the neighbouring town of Cowbridge. Here you can try the circular Cowbridge Walk. This pleasant route explores the attractive market town with its Physic Garden and pretty riverside park.
Head north east of the town and you can explore the Hensol Forest, where there's miles of peaceful trails and a tranquil lake to see.

Photos

Afon Col-Huw, Llantwit Major - geograph.org.uk - 846879

Afon Col-Huw, Llantwit Major

In the glow of sunset at Llantwit Major - geograph.org.uk - 1058892

In the glow of sunset at Llantwit Major. A lone figure sits among the boulders of the beach enjoying the peace and quiet as the sun sets over Exmoor and North Devon.

Cliffs at Tresillian Bay, Llantwit Major - geograph.org.uk - 849384

Cliffs at Tresillian Bay, Llantwit Major

Glowering skies west of Llantwit Major - geograph.org.uk - 1279266

Glowering skies west of Llantwit Major. A view approaching the Coastal Path. The coast of Somerset can be made out across the channel with the woodland above St Donats at the highest point to the right.

Pillbox and Wall, near Tresillian Bay - geograph.org.uk - 1368536

Pillbox and Wall, near Tresillian Bay

The Coast At War, Tresilian Bay. - geograph.org.uk - 376934

The Coast At War, Tresilian Bay. Located on the cliff top overlooking Tresilian bay, this Pill Box is one of a number that constructed along the Heritage Coast during the Second World War

Sea Wall at St.Donat's Castle, Vale of Glamorgan. - geograph.org.uk - 386849

Sea Wall at St.Donat's Castle, Vale of Glamorgan. The sea wall is a substantial structure, certainly built to last.

Nash Point Lighthouse - geograph.org.uk - 58926

Nash Point Lighthouse

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