Dazzling Intense Sunshine


Dazzling intense sunshine, glittering sand tranquil sea: these are not phrases normally associated with the Carers Walk at Barry Island at the end of November. Fortunately, this is what the group were lucky enough to experience as we set off around Nell’s Point to Jackson’s Bay. The cloudless skies meant the views across the channel made the English coast appear to be in touching distance..or swimming distance! As we enjoyed the picture perfect scene of Whitmore Bay a familiar voice called out to us….Helen had been waiting at what she believed was the starting point for the walk, at Barry Station. When nobody turned up she decided to drive to Barry Island anyway and luckily found us as we strolled leisurely towards the beach!

If anyone would like to join our friendly group, we meet at Barry Island Station at 10:30 on the last Thursday of every month.



Christopher Columbus’ Carers

Christopher Columbus’ Carers

On September 23rd 1493, Christopher Columbus embarked on his second expedition to the New World, setting sail with a fleet of 17 ships. On September 23rd 2000, members of the Carers walk, discovered one of Columbus’s ships in the Old Harbour at Barry Island! The ship was certainly a colourful sight and looked like it had survived many voyages on the seas, as can be seen in the photograph.

Our voyage around Barry Island took in both Nells and Friars Points and a stroll across the almost empty, freshly groomed golden sands. We are lucky to live in the Vale and during our local lockdown to have such a wonderful beach to walk on. Come and join us.



Gathering in the Gloom

Barry Island Station  First Carers Walk

A small group gathered in the gloom outside Barry Island station for the first Carers walk since lockdown in March. Before starting the walk, the new procedures, particularly with regard to maintaining a social distance of 2m, outlined in guidance from the Welsh Government were shared, and a new walker was welcomed.

The group set off towards Jackson’s Bay as storm clouds gathered and the rain started to fall heavily. Enthusiasm for the walk was not dampened, however! For one walker, it was his first social outing since the lockdown was announced. He had spent the past months shielding with his medically vulnerable wife, who had been advised, like other vulnerable people to stay indoors. Needless to say, he was unaware of the rain and welcomed the chance to chat, socialise and exercise.
Trish’s husband rang halfway through the walk to see if she wanted to be rescued from the rain! She declined the offer, and finished the walk soaked through like everyone else! As a group we decided we were too wet to sit in any cafe, who we were sure would be unlikely to welcome saturated walkers spreading water everywhere!
I can’t promise what the weather will do next month but I can promise good company, a chance to chat and a relaxing stroll…..and hopefully a coffee! Come and join us!



Valeways Guided Walks


The Guided Walks programme organised by Valeways started again on 9th August. All government guidelines regarding Covid 19 and walking safely will be followed, so walkers can once again enjoy a safe walk in the countryside in good company.

Valeways is an independent volunteer run charity created to promote health and well being through walking and proxies guided walks for all ages and abilities.

The full and varied programme of walks for August and September can be found on the Valeways website.

As a Valeways walk leader (you may have read about my adventures in previous editions of What’s On.), I offer two walks:-

  • Living with Cancer Strollers, the first Thursday of every month at 10.30am, meeting at Cosmeston Information centre
  • Carers walk, the last Thursday of every month at 10.30am, meeting outside Barry Island train station

All are welcome to both walks. If you walked regularly during lockdown and want to meet a friendly, sociable group of people for a walk and a chat…..please, join us.



A Stroll Around Barry Island.

A Stroll Around Barry Island.

February’s Carers walk welcomed 2 new carers (photo-shy!) to the regular stroll around Barry Island. The two new members of the group welcomed the opportunity to take a break from their caring activities and gave them a chance to take some personal time, exercise and chat. Alan, a regular walker said he never realised how important it was to have a little time out from caring, and thoroughly enjoys his monthly strolls. If you are a carer and would like some time out to regenerate, then meet us at Barry Island train station on the last Thursday of every month at 10.30am. We are a friendly group!

The Valeways Walking Organisation has cancelled their walking programme for March and April, due to the coronavirus. Hopefully the Living with Cancer Strollers and the Carers walks will resume soon.