Sunday, September 19, 2010

Day 76

Day 76 Llantwit Major
Sunday 12th September (morning)

Ever wondered what a real foghorn looks like?
Today we took off on one of our intrepid walks, this time along the cliffs of Llantwit Major. This guy dragged us in to a large outbuilding as we passed by the lighthouse. His topic of special interest was foghorns! Can you believe that this whole building, with it's dual diesel engines, big pressure tanks and black oval shaped horns on the roof -is totally devoted to foghorns?

.......Three hours later, we continued our walk.... somehow we veered of the main track...but we found an overgrown and very old house....

Above: Now this place was interesting. Behind this fortified wall are some grand palatial buildings and an old church. Willam Randolf Hearst owned St Donats in the 1920s and used to frequently enterain members of the breakaway (from MGM) United Artists such as Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Mae West, Mary Pickford and so on. Our forghorn man said they all walked these clifftop paths numerous times.

Debbie negotiating the stiles.....

St Donats Church
The walk took 6 hours, so after a final pint at the inn, we left the very friendly Llantwit Major for a place with a sensible name. Off to Cardiff this afternoon.

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