stage 12 — South Coast

19–28 July 2013

The home stretch: miners seaside towns interspersed with past and current industry, seeing afresh in places that I thought I knew.

  1. day 93 – Swansea to Port Talbot

    miles walked: 13   completed: 1003.3   to go: 57

    surprised by nature behind the busy streets and Stallone on the waterside, faint childhood memories and grand hotels

  2. day 94 – Port Talbot to Porthcawl

    miles walked: 10   completed: 1013.3   to go: 47

    a beach under threat and childhood memories

  3. day 95 – Porthcawl to Ogmore

    miles walked: 7   completed: 1020.3   to go: 40

    beaches and BMI, a dolls-house lighthouse and the highest dune, melting gelato and treading on ghosts, fish and chips by the fun fair

  4. day 98 – Ogmore to Llantwit Major

    miles walked: 11   completed: 1031.3   to go: 29

    late breakfast, limestone beaches, and an ancient seat of learning

  5. day 99 – Llantwit Major to Barry

    miles walked: 16   completed: 1047.3   to go: 13

    tank traps at the power station, and a fresh view of childhood haunts

  6. day 100 – Barry to Cadoxton and MHA visit at Penarth

    miles walked: 2   completed: 1049.3   to go: 11

    a short walk and meeting nonagenarians

  7. day 101 – Cadoxton to Penarth

    miles walked: 8   completed: 1057.3   to go: 3

    and then we were five

  8. day 102 – Penarth to Cardiff

    miles walked: 3   completed: 1060.3   to go: 0

    homecoming to classic Cardiff weather, the end is a beginning