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Glamorgan Heritage Coast

Forming part of the Welsh Coastline and a lovely portion of the Wales Coast Path, the Glamorgan Heritage Coast runs from Penarth in the East to Porthcawl in the West. It is a 14 mile stretch of coastline that was awarded a Heritage status in 1972. It features rocky and steep cliffs, some of the highest sand dunes in Britain and picture perfect coves.

I have spent many happy days wandering the coastal paths and dunes of the Heritage Coastline which also happens to be sitting on the second highest tidal estuary in the world, the Severn Estuary. High Tides can be vicious, but photographing the Heritage Coastline can be incredibly rewarding. Some of the popular beaches are now world renowned for massive storm shots, Porthcawl for one. Personally, I love the seclusion of Monknash, which is nestled between the rocky cliffs of Nash Point and the popular sandy beach at Southerndown.  Tides are tricky, high and surge quickly, so be careful.

Photographers flock to catch the stormy seas at Porthcawl or the lighthouse at Nash Point, the cliffs are known locally as the Welsh Sphinx, due to the formation of the cliff at Nash Point resembling the famous Egyptian Sphinx. The walk down to Monknash meanders through a beautiful wood before arriving at the pebbly cove. One of the best pubs in South Wales, just happens to sit at the end of the lane, so pay a visit to the Plough and Harrow Pub, when you had enough wiping down of filters!

We run photography workshops on the Glamorgan Heritage Coastline, so please be sure to get in touch if you’d like a guided one to one tuition day.

It is a beautiful part of South Wales and one that you must not miss!

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