Day 01 – Cardiff to Llanelli


Welcome to our first blog post. Day one of our seven week British Coastal Road Trip.
Today we started in Cardiff and drove 120 miles along the beautiful Welsh coastline to Llanelli.
Here are some picture highlights of our first day on the road!


Photo of the day

Coastal Road Trip, Rhossili
Rhossili Bay.



Coastal Road Trip, Cardif, Julian, Jarno, Map
Map ready in Cardiff for our Coastal Road Trip!
Coastal Road Trip, Beach chairs, Wales Millennium Centre
Beach chairs in front of the impressive Wales Millennium Centre, bit optimistic considering it was about to rain…


Coastal Road Trip, Penarth, Beach, Pier
Penarth pier and pebble beach, a quiet little town across the Cardiff Bay.


Coastal Road Trip, St Lawrence church
The cute little St Lawrence church, where we found two friendly resting locals, who pointed us in the direction of the coastal path to Lavernock Point.
Coastal Road Trip, Lavernock, Marconi Plaque
Marconi sent the world’s first ever radio messages across water at Lavernock Point in 1897.  Sadly the building was abandoned and overgrown, but we found this plaque on the church wall.
Coastal Road Trip, Flat Holm Lighthouse
The view across to Flat Holm, and our first Lighthouse on this trip!
It’s in the Severn Estuary, 3-4 miles away from Lavernock Point, so a bit of grainy pic.

Barry Island

Coastal Road Trip, Barry Island, Red Arrows
A great surprise as The Red Arrows roared over our car as we drove into Barry Island.

Nash Point

Coastal Road Trip, Nash Point, Lighthouse
Nash Point Lighthouse, our 2nd lighthouse – yay!  And its antique foghorns (looked scarily loud).


Coastal Road Trip, Porthcawl, Rest Bay
Surfers at Rest Bay, near Porthcawl, one of the best surfing beaches in Wales, but looked especially cold today!


Coastal Road Trip, Swansea Bay, Mumbles Head, Pier, Lighthouse
After briefly checking out the German Beer Festival in Swansea, we headed south around Swansea Bay to view Mumbles Pier and Lighthouse (love that name… Mumbles).
Coastal Road Trip, Mumbles Head, Big Apple Ice Cream
…and back at the Mumbles Head Car Park, a big apple selling ice cream… curious.


Coastal Road Trip, Rhossili
After exploring some of the beaches along the Gower Peninsula we ended up at the stunning Rhossili Bay.  A National Trust site, but it was early evening by the time we arrived, so all the visitors had left for the day, so we had the place to ourselves!
Coastal Road Trip, Worms Head, Julian, Jarno
And final pic of the day down a short path from Rhossili to view Worms Head.


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