March 8: Penarth to Barry
Took the train to Barry, bus to Penarth and enjoyed a good day of walking the Penarth – Barry stretch. Walked through Alexandra Park to the beachfront! Really enjoyed walking the Penarth ocean front. Walked onto the pier to see a ‘No Fishing’ sign with a crowd of anglers seemingly ignoring it! Beautiful day with many great views! Met a friendly couple, Sian and John walking from Penarth to Swanbridge. What are the wild flowers that look a little like buttercups? Note some of the damage resulting from recent storms! M a D have now completed walking the coastal path from Chepstow to Llanilltud Fawr [Llantwit Major].
As you know we have been camping at Llantwit Major, a beautiful village with ancient roots. Llanilltud Fawr, the town’s name in Welsh, is derived from the name of Saint Illtud, who came to the area from Brittany, Gaul. He founded the monastery of Illtud and the college attached to it, Cor Tewdws, which would grow into one of the most esteemed Christian colleges of the times. At peak it attracted over 2000 students, including princes and numerous eminent clergymen, some now revered as saints. Destroyed by the Vikings in 987, the monastery was rebuilt in 1111 and continued to be a centre of learning governed by Tewkesbury Abbey until it closed in 1539 during the Dissolution of the Monasteries. The 13th-century St Illtyd’s Church, built near the ancient monastery, today is a Grade I listed building and one of the oldest parish churches in Wales. [Reference: Wikipedia] Thanks Huw for your timely comment.