Nash Point Lighthouse, Llantwit Major

#1 of 13 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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  • We parked in car parking area next to cafĂ©. The approach to this site is down a single track lane from Marcross. We walked along a track, not to close to the cliff side, to the lighthouse and back to ...  more »
  • A nice visit of Nash Point is worth your time. At times you will be able to climb the lighthouse and see/hear the foghorn (check te website). Climb down the rocky clifs to get to the water. Find fossi...  more »
  • Although the lighthouse wasn't open for visitors (only open at weekends), we still spent a couple of hours here, enjoying the surroundings and walking the coastal path nearby. A lovely spot to take in...  more »

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