Nash Point Lighthouse, Llantwit Major

#1 of 12 in Historic Sites in Vale of Glamorgan
Nash Point is a headland and beach in the Monknash Coast of the Vale of Glamorgan in south Wales, about a mile from Marcross. It is a popular location for ramblers and hiking along the cliffs to Llantwit Major beach. The lighthouse meadow is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, containing rare plants such as the tuberous thistle, and other wildlife such as choughs can be seen.Parts of the section of the Glamorgan Heritage Coast where the lighthouse stands consists of "cliffs of Lias limestone interbedded with softer erodible material" and has been identified as potentially at risk from erosion and flooding. Many fossils, including ammonites and gryphaea are to be found there. Marcross Brook passes through the cliffs and an Iron Age hillfort, usually called Nash Point Camp, stands on the north side of the brook, although its remains have been largely eroded by the sea. Round barrows are also to be found nearby. A study of the rocks shows that they exemplify "a 12,000 year old sequence of tufa, scree and slope deposits containing abundant fossil snails", while the Nash Bank offshore is formed by "Jurassic mudstones overlain by bands of sand and gravel". In 1962, the empty tanker BP Driver was pushed on the rocks and was abandoned by its crew of five, all of whom survived. Despite the assistance given by the lighthouse, the ship's captain was unable to bring her in safely to land. At low tide, remains of the wreck can be found about 200m north of the beach access by the light house.
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  • When visiting, you need to make allowances for the fact that this is a former working lighthouse which was not built for the purpose of tourism. I've been coming down to Nash Point at intervals for mo...  more »
  • I planned this visit for the whole family (with people aged 5 to 80) last October. The arrangements were made with our host, Chris. It proved to be the highlight of the kids' half term break, and we f...  more »
  • The best day ever. Chris and Babs were our perfect hosts and the setting was awesome. The only working lighthouse where you can get wed. 11 out of 10 for sure!  more »

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