We were given these details by some friends who live locally and have walked this route a few times when they have been sunbathing naked at the base of the cliffs. Bird sightings vary through the year, with visiting summer migrants, seabirds off the coast and resident breeding birds. The limestone pavement under the sheltering cliffs is ideal to relax on and the sandy bay is great for swimming.”. The limestone pavement under the sheltering cliffs is ideal to relax on … Respect and Consideration in our community. The Jurassic rocks here are similar to Watchet. I'm the owner of Naturist Corner. In 1948, to mark the 50th anniversary of the experiments, a bronze plaque was unveiled by the Cardiff Rotary Club inside the courtyard of the recently closed church of St.Lawrence, Lavernock, commemorating the historic radio transmissions over nine miles (14 km) of open sea. Explore the remains of the fascinating gun battery nearby and look out for an abundance of wildlife along the coast and in the meadows behind. It is essentially now a rural greenway and cyclepath. Lavernock (Welsh: Larnog) is a hamlet in the Vale of Glamorgan in Wales, lying on the coast 7 miles (11 km) south of Cardiff between Penarth and Sully, and overlooking the Bristol Channel. Marconi indicated that he was using a 20-inch (510 mm) spark on his equipment. It’s a small place that attracts an inordinate number of fossil hunters, due to its more-than-generous supply of fossils. A few yards away from the historic Marconi hut Penarth's only World War II Royal Observer Corps (ROC) Searchlight post stood on the cliff edge with its clear views over the Bristol Channel and the islands of Steep Holm and Flat Holm. The group has established a charitable trust intended to maintain the structure, allowing continued access to and enjoyment of the historic building. Park in car park and take right fork path down to beach turn right and then go round the point best bit of beach is the nearer end, beach is rocky near high tide but sandy as the. Very few visitors arrived by car until the 1960s with the majority travelling by the half-hourly steam trains that stopped at Lavernock and Swanbridge Halts on the busy Taff Vale Railway Line en route to Barry Island. Best not to use the Sully Island end of the beach as this tends to be very busy, although walking down there (clothed) after a dip and popping in the “Captain’s Wife” for a pint is a nice way to end your visit. Sometime before 1895 the gun battery was reinforced with a fourth cannon, only for all four guns then to be replaced eight years later by two rapid fire six inch (152 mm) former naval guns in 1903. “Lavernock beach aka “bare bum bay” is my local and the nearest naturist beach to Cardiff. A very exposed (sketchy) but enjoyable short walk of approximately 4 – 5 miles round trip. Some modern day trippers arrived by car, to the degree that the lanes and the Swanbridge car park were often jammed, but visitor numbers had dropped off to such a degree that falling profit margins meant all the food outlets, the Golden Hind pub and eventually even the Bay Hotel closed down and the decline was accelerated even further. The small medieval parish church of St. Lawrence is a Grade II listed building with medieval, possibly 12th-century, origins. The old cafe car park at Swanbridge was developed as part of the newly opened Captain's Wife public house in the mid-1970s. Marconi benefitted from the active encouragement of then Mr. William Preece (later Sir William Preece) who was Engineer-in-Chief of the Post Office and had himself transmitted radio telegraph morse signals across Coniston Water eight years earlier. The Post Office engineers, including George Kemp who kept a detailed diary of these events, had been experimenting for some months at Lavernock Point.