Wednesday 7th July 2021.
Whilst perusing the map last night I noticed that not far from Cardiff was The Porthkerry Country Park. which is 220 acres of woods and meadowland in a sheltered valley leading to a pebble beach and spectacular cliffs. It was only 10 miles away so off we went this morning, the road there was a little challenging at times but we arrived safely. At the main car park is a toilet block and a cafe so well set up for visitors, the path down to the beach crossed a natural bog but raised footpaths were in place. Across the corner of the park runs a viaduct carrying the local coastal train service
It turned out there were several advantages of stopping here, firstly the parking machine was out of order, there was an outside tap on one building so before we left I was able to empty our cassette in the toilet block and fill the tank with fresh water, a great stopover😊
We drove on along the coast to Porthcawl where we parked on the esplanade a little way out of town, unfortunately dogs aren’t allowed on the beach in the summer season so Layla didn’t get a second paddle. I haven’t been to Porthcawl since I was about 8 years old, long time ago in history, it was possible to catch an excursion train ( steam powered) from many midland towns to the seaside, they left early and it was late when you got back. We went on a family visit and the only thing I can recall is my 3 year old sister falling fully clothed into the sea and our search for a shop to buy her dry clothes, one of those family stories that is raised from time to time😂😂😂
The town centre has little to recommend it but we did enjoy an ice cream sitting in the sunshine on the sea front.
After our last trip away whilst perusing what we had enjoyed etc we gave thought to the fact that we had started doing one night stopovers on the way to and way back from destinations some distance away. This gave rise to a discussion about Brit Stops the organisation that attempts to find places for motorhomers to stay, pubs, garden centres, vineyards, farm shops etc where you can stay free over night. We decided to join as we worked out that after three stops we could cover the cost of the membership.Hence tonight’s stopover.
We doubled back on ourselves from Porthcawl to tonight’s stopover, The Watermill Inn at Ogmore by Sea. There is no fee to stay and no compulsion to eat or drink in the pub but we did go for a meal and drink getting back in time to watch England win the Euro semi final against Denmark 2-1, a scrappy result but at least a result!