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Glamorgan Seascape Pathways, The - 52 Walks in the Southern Vale of Glamorgan
Terry Breverton
ISBN: 9781903529119 (1903529115)Publication Date July 2003
Publisher: Glyndŵr Publishing, St. Athan
Illustrated by Cathy Crompton, Martin GreenFormat: Paperback, 220x151 mm, 146 pages Language: English Available Our Price: £10.99 
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A highly informative guide to 52 walks, 1-8 miles in length, in the southern Vale of Glamorgan, mainly around the coastal areas fr om Cardiff to Aberthaw, comprising interesting details about geography, history and the natural world. 96 black-and-white photographs.

Cyfeirlyfr llawn gwybodaeth i 52 taith gerdded, 1-8 milltir o hyd, yn ne Bro Morgannwg, yn bennaf ar hyd yr arfordir o Gaerdydd i Aberddawan, yn cynnwys manylion diddorol am ddaearyddiaeth, hanes a byd natur. 96 ffotograff du-a-gwyn.
This book is written with all Terry Breverton's customary, almost breathless, enthusiasm: from the first page one is swept in his wake, exhorted again and again to walk for health's sake, while the beauties of the coast are extolled and its spoliators castigated. Breverton doesn't mince his words, and unsympathetic and badly planned developments come in for unsparing criticism. This is a warts-and-all guidebook. The book is published with the aid of an ARWAIN grant from the Wales Council for Voluntary Action, on a not-for-profit basis. Many copies have been given away to libraries, the media and Assembly members, with the aim of making more people concerned with protecting and preserving our coastline, historic buildings and countryside.

The author grew up in the Vale of Glamorgan and returned to live here a few years ago, and although changes mean that he cannot include some of his favourite childhood walks, he has still managed to describe fifty-two in 'the coastal area from Cardiff to Gileston through the vale north to Cowbridge'. The book is divided into nine sections: Walks round Cardiff; Wenvoe and Wrinstone; Penarth; Sully and Cosmeston; Barry; Porthkerry; Rhoose; and Aberthaw. There is a lot of Welsh history crammed in here and information on archaeological discoveries and natural history.

Not only the past but the future is portrayed too, for example with schemes for the regeneration of Barry. There are no maps, as their inclusion would have made the book too unwieldy and, as Breverton rightly says, the OS Explorer which he recommends shows all the footpaths in great detail. In fact his instructions are so clear you could probably manage without a map. There are many good black and white photographs by Cathy Crompton and Martin Green. There are also several appendices: the 45 mediaeval churches in the Vale of Glamorgan; descriptions of the Vale's Rivers; and one devoted to Llancarfan because it is a 'Landscape of Outstanding Historical Interest'.

Terry Breverton has done the walks in winter to ensure they are passable in any weather and indicates their suitability for pushchairs and wheelchairs. If ever there was a passionate guidebook this is it.

Sue Passmore

It is possible to use this review for promotional purposes, but the following acknowledgement should be included: A review from www.gwales.com, with the permission of the Welsh Books Council.

Gellir defnyddio’r adolygiad hwn at bwrpas hybu, ond gofynnir i chi gynnwys y gydnabyddiaeth ganlynol: Adolygiad oddi ar www.gwales.com, trwy ganiatâd Cyngor Llyfrau Cymru.
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