Fans of the BBC’s ‘Gavin and Stacey’ will recognise the Vale of Glamorgan as it is the home county of fictional character Stacey – Barry Island.
The Vales (as the county is more commonly known) is known for its exceptionally rich agricultural area and rugged coastline, which makes way for some of the most beautiful and mysterious beaches, such as Ogmore and Southerndown), many of which are popular with local surfers (although there are often life guards present those caravanners or campers with young children or weak swimmers should be careful). Caravanners should take note of the yellow-grey cliffs on the Glamorgan Heritage Coast that are unique to the Celtic sea coastline.
Look to the Heritage Tourism project for where to visit as it aims to increase the profile of heritage sites across the rural Vale of Glamorgan as many places remains relatively undiscovered in comparison to other areas in southern Wales despite a wealth of heritage sites due to the lack of resources and marketing. Alternately visit the interactive offices in Dyffryn Gardens visitor centre, Cowbridge High Street, St Illtuds Church Llantwit Major and the Water Mill at Ogmore by Sea.
Caravanners visiting can also enjoy tea and cakes, or beers and steaks in the various quaint villages such as Cowbridge, Ewenny, and Flemingston. Make the most of the cut prices at Bridgend Designer outlet and shop for a bargain – just make sure you get permission from the bill payer before maxing out those credit cards!
Visit attractions such as Barry Island Pleasure Park, Vale of Glamorgan Railway, St Donat's Castle, Cosmeston Lakes Country Park and Cosmeston Medieval Village.
As the Capital, Cardiff is the largest city in Wales (tenth largest in the UK) and offers caravanners plenty to do – from bustling shops, to wild nightlife and rustic beaches.