In and About Welsh St Donats

The settlement of Welsh St Donats has existed since pre Norman times. It was called Welsh, some believe, because the soils where it is located were not in Norman times deemed suitable for arable farming. So it remained inWelsh hands, outside the Norman sphere just to the south. Even in the mid 19th century its inhabitants were overwhelmingly Welsh speaking. The addition of Welsh to its name also conveniently distinguished it from its namesake on the coast. Development of the village has been slight. It has its church and village hall but no other amenity. It exists as a grouping of well-appointed residences in an unspoiled, attractive part of the Vale. The level nature of the land on which it is sited belies the fact that at almost 400 ft above sea level, it is one of the higher settlements in the Vale. Because of footpath blockages in some places and a lack of Rights of Way in others there is no obvious complete circular walk around Welsh St Donats available within the distance parameters that we have adopted. Thus this leaflet/web item departs from the format used in previous examples. It describes two walks, for the most part within the Welsh St Donats Community area, that can be used as standalones or, if so wished, linked up by the walker, using the appropriate O S map.

Distance: Walk A 4 miles. Walk B 7˝ miles.

Map: OS Explorer 151 Cardiff & Bridgend. Recommended.

Parking: To match the Route Guide below: for Walk A, park roadside in Welsh St Donats itself; for Walk B park at Hensol Forest car park. Grid Ref ST 031 768. Since both walks are circular the walker may join the route at any convenient point.

Public Transport: A limited two a weekday V5 service, runs to/from Cowbridge/Barry.

Refreshments: None on either of the two routes.

To download page 1 of this walk please click here

To download page 2 and map of this walk please click here

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