Cold Knap

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Cold Knap
District of Barry
Cold Knap lake
Cold Knap lake
Cold Knap is located in Barry
Cold Knap
Cold Knap
Location in Barry
Coordinates: 51°23′14″N 3°17′25″W / 51.38722°N 3.29028°W / 51.38722; -3.29028
Country United Kingdom
Region Wales
County Vale of Glamorgan
Town Barry
Time zone GMT (UTC+0)

Cold Knap is a district of Barry in South Wales.


Cold Knap is a coastal pebble beach (with some sand at low tide),[1] approximately a mile west of the sandy beach at Barry Island, which attracts visitors during the summer months. It extends generally westwards towards Porthkerry from Cold Knap Point.[2] It was founded by the Romans who used it as a port, and the remains of a Roman building here are now a scheduled monument.[3]

Attractions include a lake shaped like a Welsh harp and a skate park. There was previously an outdoor swimming pool, but this has now been closed and filled in, and the area turned into a tourist trail. There was a campaign to have the lido rebuilt during 2014 but an enthusiastic online campaign (including a Facebook campaign group ("Rebuild the Knap Lido")) has not been successful, despite a number of celebrity endorsements (including local BBC weatherman Derek Brockway).[4]

Cold Knap Lake is the title and subject of a poem by Gillian Clarke, which has been included in an English literature GCSE syllabus in England.

Cold Knap Point is the site of a sewage pumping station serving Barry.[5]

It was also the location of a case in English contract law - Chapelton v. Barry UDC [1940] 1 KB 532 - where a man's deckchair collapsed.


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Coordinates: 51°23′14″N 3°17′25″W / 51.38722°N 3.29028°W / 51.38722; -3.29028