|Nash Point on the Glamorgan Heritage
||Nash Point is a stunning section of coastline which
is the result of an upheaval of what were tropical sea beds to plus 150
metres above sea level. Glacial melt water gouged valleys in the plain as
it rushed to the sea.
||Not so much a beach as a series of rock
pavements, complete with a myriad of small pools such as this.
Nash has two light houses, for some reason, this one without
I didn't know why until Julia Morris told me. Read on!
||Sailing from Haverfordwest during a violent storm
on the night of 16th March, 1831 the 34 metre, 108 ton craft came to
grief on Nash sands. The gale force wind was against the tide and this
probably overloaded the small 80 hp engine.
In all, 78 lives were lost, consisting of 63 passengers, including high
ranking officers and a General, and 15 crew.
There was a public outcry and it was this tragedy that led to the Nash
Point Lighthouses being built by Trinity House in 1832 to warn shipping
of the danger.
Designed by James Walker, Engineer in Chief, the two towers (which are
302 metres / 1,000 feet apart) originally had fixed lights.
When navigating the Bristol Channel the pilot would sail so that these
were lined up in his sights, ensuring that the vessel would be south of
At the beginning of the 19th century the low light was removed, although
the tower remains..
Nash Point Lighthouse was the last manned lighthouse in Wales to go
automatic when it became computer controlled in 1998. The keepers left
two years later.
||The other, just 200 metres away, not only has a working top,
but the biggest fog horn below it that I have ever seen. Or heard. I live
some seven miles to the rear of it, but always hear it when it sounds in
||Just a few miles along the coast in a
westerly direction, one arrives at Ogmore which has the ruins of an
ancient castle (Norman) and is curiously enough, the property of the
Duchy of Lancaster!
||This is from inside looking across the
site of the former drawbridge.
Its a cold January day and these lads
are about to tackle the stepping stones which in summer, are a piece of
Bravo! He is actually walking across in
trainers! Not sure what mum will say.
||A brilliant sky as a backdrop to this view from