Glamorgan Heritage Coast
The Glamorgan Heritage Coast lies between Ogmore-by-Sea and St Athan (with Nash Point at its midpoint) on the South Wales coast and has been described by the Daily Mail as "criminally overlooked". There is a Heritage Coast Centre located at Dunraven Park, Southerndown, at the western end of the coast, providing an information point and education centre.
The coast includes the Southerndown Coast Site of Special Scientific Interest at its heart, a 3.1-mile (5.0 km) section from Ogmore-by-Sea, particularly interesting for its exposed Triassic alluvial fan deposits of carboniferous limestone. There is an Iron Age promontory fort (as well as a 19th-century lighthouse) at Nash Point and an ancient cairn or cromlech at Cwm Marcross.
The stretch of coast made the news in 2014 when coastal erosion left a towering stack of limestone "about five times the height of a house" separated from the main cliffs near Dunraven Bay.
In 2016 four large sculptures were to be created by artist Howard Bowcott, to be placed at strategic points along the coastline.
- Paul Gogarty (18 July 2015). "Forget thinking you have to fly abroad: Britain's 20 most beautiful beaches for long weekends and family days, whatever the season". Daily Mail. Retrieved 2016-04-05.
- "Glamorgan Heritage Coast". Vale of Glamorgan Council. Retrieved 2016-04-05.
- "Site Of Special Scientific Interest Citation: Southerndown Coast" (pdf). Countryside Council for Wales. Retrieved 2016-04-05.
- Terry Breverton (2013), "Nash Point–Iron Age Ditches, Lighthouses and Yr Hen Eglwys", Wales' 1000 Best Heritage Sites, Amberley Publishing, p. 24, ISBN 978-1-4456-2013-8
- Peter Collins (6 May 2014). "Watch: Spectacular fly-by video reveals startling emergence of beautiful rock stack on Welsh coast". Wales Online. Retrieved 2016-04-05.
- Dominic Jones (30 December 2015). "Help design new sculptures destined for St Athan". Barry & District News. Retrieved 2016-04-05.
- Glamorgan Heritage Coast, Vale of Glamorgan Council
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