A carefully positioned tent at Nash Point will be flicked by the reassuring red-beam from the adjacent Trinity-lighthouse every 10 seconds, all night. Just 100m off shore, the historic bell on the buoy warns of the start of the treacherous Nash Sands and tolls sleepily with the change of tides as the rip between the sands and the shore speeds and slows. Such magic tent-nights. Below the cliffs are limestone pavements as old as creation, studded with myriad fossils, notably ammonites filled with star-sparkling quartz crystals. Steps in the pavements are lined with smooth, grey, stone balls, rolled by the perfect waves of history, while the cliffs above are layered limestone blocks as neat as a bricklayer’s. An Iron Age hill-fort guards the easy path from campsite to the beach. To the West stretches a clean, yellow-sanded beach with gentle water for swimming but no crowds. Cliff walks run West and East and are wildflower heaven.
The grassed campsite is a courtesy of the local farmer, and arranged by the local villagers serving strong tea and home-made Welsh cakes in the entrance to the clifftop car park. There are no facilities, but with the lighthouse and the bell for company, and fossils for entertainment, what else do you need?
Nash Point is on the Vale of Glamorgan Heritage Coast, near Marcross and Monknash, between Barry and Dunraven, CF61 1ZH, Wales
Google map: bit.ly/m4NoHo
Send your feedback or queries to email@example.com