Route: Valeways Millenium Heritage Trail (United Kingdom)

Submitted by Gethin_Thomas on Thu, 10/22/2020 - 07:31am
Location
United Kingdom
Distance
104.28 km
Vertical Gain
1794 m
Description

The Route

The Valeways Millenium Heritage Trail is a waymarked long distance footpath covering a distance of over 100km. The trail takes in sweeping panoramic vistas at its northern edge, through a variety of beautiful landscapes further south, before finally meeting the sea at the southern-most point of Wales.

Starting just outside St Fagans National Museum of History route loops around the Vale of Glamorgan taking in 6000 years of history from Neolithic burial chamber, the remains of Roman villas, abandoned castles, and quaint churches to second World War Pill Boxes, modern bustling towns and many rural pubs.

Although the route is signposted the path is not always clear on the ground. The ability to use a map and compass is especially useful as the route is marked on the local OS Maps and will help with speed of movement  as some sign posts have similar routes that lead to out and backs that do not need to be taken.

A Route guidebook with a breakdown of each section can be sourced from the local bookshops around the Vale of Glamorgan.

The route covers the entire trail once - you do not have to do an out and back to St Fagans.  It starts at St Fagans by a Footpath sign but finishes by the pub in Peterston Super Ely.  Or you may do it in reverse.

Start: Footpath sign grid ST 119 770

Finish: Pub wall (The Sportsmans Rest) grid ST 081 762

Distance: 104km

Elevation: 1,790m

Map: O.S. Explorer 151

 

Links

The Routes Official Website can be found here:

http://valeways.org.uk/page.php?page=31&lang=1 

Link to the LDWA Website can be found here:

https://www.ldwa.org.uk/ldp/members/show_path.php?path_name=Valeways+Millennium+Heritage+Trail