16 December saw the launch of a series of 10 Vale Trails to encourage more people to discover the heritage and natural landscape of the Rural Vale on foot.

Ewenny Priory

Ewenny Priory, a highlight of the Ewenny and Spring Flowers trail

Cazbah was proud to work with its client Creative Rural Communities (the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s Rural Regeneration Partnership) and design partners Treganna Design to research, write and design the materials to promote walking in such a beautiful part of Wales. The routes spanned from Cowbridge to Penarth and beyond, with each providing its own magic moments.

Research for each individual walk taught us the history of the The Haunted Field, where we learnt about the ghostly Tinkinswood Burial

Chamber, a 6000 year old Neolithic tomb which at one point held the remains of fifty human bodies. We also learnt about the legend of Walter Vaughan, the alleged smuggler Lord of Dunraven and discovered the inner beauty of Ewenny Priory, inspiration to JMW Turner and home of the some of the oldest wall paintings in Wales.

Plus we also took advantage of modern technology and tracked how many calories we had burnt after each walk, such as The Hensol Forest Walk where we each burnt around 900 calories simply by taking a stroll through beautiful woodland, which included pure Pysgodyn Lake and the historic village of Pendoylan.

Mapping trails did not always turn out to be such plain sailing as you’d expect. Thankfully, our sense of direction improved greatly with each walk we did, and we were able to create a series of ten bilingual guides that are now available to walkers throughout the Vale and beyondplus large scale interpretation panels that can be found along the coastline of the Vale. Ready to guide walkers looking to burn off that Christmas indulgence.

Blog by Cazbah Associate Rhian Whittington

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