I am so pleased I started this National Trust photo diaries series. I had such lovely feedback from my last post about Aberdulais tin works and waterfall, that I couldn’t wait to share the next one with you.
Bank holiday weekend was the perfect opportunity for another little adventure. Well, I say perfect, but it took us ages to decide where to go. There are so many different places that we have in mind, but with 4 days of solid rain we didn’t really know where was the best place to go. We settled for somewhere close to home and we went to Lanlay. It was the perfect place to go for a lovely walk and the scenery wasn’t ruined by the weather.
We were up and out the house quite early (a lot earlier than I had realised). I drove us through some nearby country lanes and before we knew it, we were there. There was no specified parking that we could find, but there were plenty of places to pull in and park in the nearby village of Peterston-super-Ely (we found a little layby to park in).
We wandered along the side of the river and through the lane to the entry gate. You can’t really see the entrance from the main road, but there are plenty of trail signs to follow on wooden posts. The notice board by the gate shows the different routes that you can follow. After days and days of rain the ground was pretty muddy and luckily we were dressed well. If you head there in winter or this time of year, wellies or walking boots are definitely a must.
It was lovely to head somewhere new and go for a wander. We walked for around an hour, chatting and laughing away (and trying not to slip over in the mud). It was so peaceful and I think we only saw one other couple walking a dog while we were there. Because the land hasn’t been touched in years, it’s the perfect opportunity to spot some wildlife. For example, the River Ely is known for otters and kingfishers.
We also managed to get some good photos for our scrap book! I’m not sure if I mentioned this in the last post, but we are keeping a scrap book with photos of all the places we have been to. In this day and age we don’t really have any physical items to look back on in years to come, they are all on our phones and laptops. Needless to say, I thought a scrap book would be a nice way to capture all the National Trust places that we manage to tick off our list.
I am so glad that despite the weather we managed to get out and tick somewhere else off our list. Once again we have come home and already started planning our next escapade.
Peterston-super-Ely, Vale of Glamorgan, CF5 6LF
No specified parking, but there are nearby places to pull in and park.
Have you ever been to Lanlay before? I’d love to hear where your favourite National Trust site is, so please leave me a comment below.