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he HMV Altmark is a an old fishing boat that ran aground in 1960.
For access / parking you could use the same spot as my other nearby location (Morfa Beach) or you could park at Kenfig Nature Reserve and follow the signs to the smallest lifesaving hut in the UK (Kenfig Sands SLSC), and then head north along the beach itself. Either way, it will take about the same time - a good hour's walk from wherever you park. But if you have a bike capable of use on sand then I suggest that option.
To see the wreck, you will need to ensure the tide is in your favour. Either going out (at least 3hrs since prior high tide) or anytime after and up to about 4hrs before the next high tide.
This google link: https://www.google.com/maps/place/51%C2%B031'44.1%22N+3%C2%B045'36.6%22Wemail@example.com,-3.7601942,886m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x0!8m2!3d51.528925!4d-3.76016 should get you real close to the location.
Land owner permission not required.
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Co-ordinates: 51.52543, -3.761895 • what3words: ///shaky.abundance.profiled
This is a lovely long stretch of beach that is popular with dog walkers, and occasional kite board surfers. But it is usually fairly deserted at start and end of day. There are two shipwrecks depending on tide (and I strongly advise checking otherwise there will be no beach). From my mark, you can go left for one, and right for the other, and I will post a separate location for the HMV Altmark. The attached image shows my drone looking right from the footpath towards the steel works.
There are, as you will have walked through it, a large train yard here. From teh right location you can get good shots of goods wagons, etc..
The point I have marked is where the footpath comes out that you get to by leaving the M4 at Junction 38 and taking an immediate left if heading West. Follow that road all the way down to the train tracks and park up. Then cross the lines, and keep going straight. When the road starts to curve you will see a footpath by a fence and then the beach - approx a mile and 20m good walk.
The beach is also accessible from Kenfig Nature Reserve (see another of my locations) and runs all the way from Nottage to the old docks at Port Talbot - all told, just short of 7 miles of sand.
Co-ordinates: 51.54665, -3.76992 • what3words: ///bootleg.hiking.marine
No easy place to park and roads are quite narrow so you may need to park nearby and walk. The nearest layby is at the bottom of the path that leads up to the trig point.
There are public footpaths all round the area, including one up to the trig point (51°30'05.6"N 3°29'42.5"W) from where you can look back down the hill towards the church. Be aware if you opt for this location then there is a windmill a bit further up and phone masts around you.
Co-ordinates: 51.50313, -3.502804 • what3words: ///conga.economics.upper
Apologies - not a drone shot but I do have one just I seem to have not catalogued it properly.
This is another CADW managed site so again they have a "policy" of not allowing drones, but once again, there are plenty of public footpaths outside of their property from which a flight can start and finish.
Parking can be had in or by the site.
Land owner permission requirements unknown.
Co-ordinates: 51.94478, -3.035421 • what3words: ///squashes.novelist.deleting
Ample parking is available outside the church and the pub (the Llangeinor Arms).
Public footpaths run across the fields and the best one, in my opinion, is accessed by walking up teh unmade road with the church on your left and then you will see the entrance. Again, fab 360 viws around the two vallies you are atop of.
Pub does good food but can get booked out so if wanting to eat then my advice book in advance.
Co-ordinates: 51.58001, -3.553189 • what3words: ///removing.pizzeria.grows
Park in the lay-by on the narrow B road indictaed by the pin and then either fly from there or trudge across common land to be nearer.
On a clear day, from this location you can see for miles - my shot is from a slightly different location and is from private property that I had permission (know the owner) to fly from. Where the pin is, you won't be this close not even after half an hour walking across the fields.
As ever with these locations - stout, waterproof footwear is advised.
Co-ordinates: 51.56302, -3.489755 • what3words: ///waking.brave.spirits
I would advise only ever visiting with your drone "before or after hours". There is ample parking on the road outside and then you can access the site via the footpath.
I say this, and also mention that permission is unknown as it is technically CADW managed , and as such, they state they don't allow drone flights over or on/from their land. However, the bit of land that is the Taff Trail is queryable. This footpath joins onto the Taff Trail so is always open 24x7.
As ever, I'm only pointing out what I have done and where I have flown - the choice on when or if you do is yours.
Co-ordinates: 51.53589, -3.254681 • what3words: ///large.turkey.front
As with my recommendation of Barlborough Hall, this is the senior school to that, and absolutely you will need to obtain permission. It's history is that it has always been a school just its emphasis has changed from purely educating people for the priesthood to being a general secondary school.
The site is usually occupied by staff most days of the year and I have dropped the pin on the road entrance to the main car park.
Again, as an ex-pupil I found it easy to obtain permission but your mileage may vary. All you can do is phone up and ask or drop them an eMail as they are generally very responsive.
A suggestion: if of the right age, is to say you are considering sending your child here and want to gain as much perspective as possible :)
Land owner permission obtained.
Co-ordinates: 53.30466, -1.316399 • what3words: ///kidney.employer.plodding
The site is a 16th century historic family seat of Sir Francis Rhodes but became a perp school just prior to WW2. As such, permission is absolutely needed.
Advice: I suggest asking for permission after the school day is finished or for during school holidays It used to be a boardign school but is now purely for day pupils.. I was granted permission but I am an ex-pupil which may have influnced teh yes - you may have a different result. If you do ask, then the administrative office is a aprt of Mount St Mary's College about 2 miles or so away.
Access & Parking: If permission is granted then the only access is by parkign in the village and walking down the long magnificent driveway which will lead to lots of photo opporunities.
Future info: HS2 will pass very close by so access and permissions may change according to building works for the line.
Co-ordinates: 53.29866, -1.284242 • what3words: ///heartache.either.dentures
Parking: This is in a farmers field and there is an honesty box for parking fee - last known suggested amount was £3. I have dropped the pin in the field for ease of finding.
Access: walk out of the field and down hill on the narrow road. At the Y fork left and climb over the stile and then down the footpath. The walk to the beach should take approx 10m.
Location & Advice: path can get muddy and thus good walkign footwear advised. There is a stream you walk past on the way down and an old mill race is also there - depending on light this can be a good spot for photos.
Because it is a bit of a walk the beach can be deserted but is also popular with dog walkers due to no restrictions. But be aware that if the tide is in, there will be no beach at all, however you can climb the cliffs either side courtesy of the Wales Coastal Path and fly from these instead. Beach is, like most along this section mostly rock.
Co-ordinates: 51.41882, -3.565007 • what3words: ///unfit.stability.wonderfully
Pin has been dropped on the nature reserves parking area - which is free.
The pool is a short walk down the main footpath off of the parking area. However, with it being a nature reserve you will have to be wary of birds and respectful of their needs.
Area is very popular with dog walkers but down by the pool is quite easy to find secluded spots to take off / land from.
Co-ordinates: 51.51587, -3.72871 • what3words: ///enchanted.waddle.hiding
The castle falls within the West Wales Airport FRZ but when I called and advised I wouldn't be flying higher than 100m, and that the flight would be after their operational hours they had no issues.
As a by the by - tried to eMail several weeks before but got no response.
It's hard to tell, but may even fall into the Pendine sands and / or Pembrey operational zone which I couldn't find an owner for, As I was on a public footpath (where my marker is) I took off, grabbed my images and landed.
As ever, you decide, I'm just sharign what I got and I believe I did so responsibly. YMMV
Co-ordinates: 51.73872, -4.305436 • what3words: ///hurry.relishes.yourself
Sgwd Einion Gam / Fall of the Crooked Anvil
Park at Pontneddfechen and walk down the obvious footpath that starts at the side of the Angel Inn.
Follow this path until you reach a foot bridge, cross and trun immediate left. Follow until you reach Sgwd Gwladys - depending on walking speed and number of folks, weather, etc approx
a 30m amble. Spend as long as you like at Lady Falls but once ready, double back a little way and go up above these falls and then just follow the stream. Disatnce wise it is about another ¼ to ½mile but will likely take you a good 30 to 45m full on coasteering. My advice - stash your walking boots and socks somewhere and bring some water shoes and just go up the stream bed.
There are some very sketchy paths and in fact this waterfall is not even listed on my OS Map and I can only conclude they don't wnat folks to visit as it is quite dangerous to reach.
Eventually you will reach a stunning waterfall and if, like me, you will have the entire place to yourself for however long your visit. I was there for 2hrs and saw not another soul until I got back to Sgwd Gwladys.
Again, be aware of weather and if a lot of heavy rainfall then the river will be in full spate and harder to cross which you will need to do several times even if you stick to the footpaths.
Co-ordinates: 51.77374, -3.603306 • what3words: ///pampering.restored.fights
Park on the public highway near my marker - there is a sort of lay-by but generally these raods are very quiet.
On one side you hav ethis smaller / older quarry with Bridgend Concretes quarry being a bit further down the road. On the other side you have 'renewables' location with silos and solar panels...
Co-ordinates: 51.50894, -3.669316 • what3words: ///cement.payer.welfare
Parking: There is a tiny lay-by which will take 2 or 3 cars but ¼mile up the road is a junction with more parking there.
Access: access is via style and / or gate (if fixed) and is through a forested area. This can be very wet and muddy and treacherous underfoot so extreme caution is advise as you are near to a gorge. If you follow the footpath for approx 10 / 15m walk you will see an obvious cleft the descends into teh gorge and it has a staricase [fx: cough]. When I was there this taircase was slippy, non-existant in places and plain suicidal in others. Hopefully it will get fixed up due to the interest generated by Outlander.
Weather: Pay attention to the wetaher as flash floods occur in these gorges and you may not get the same access as myself after a relatively dry summer / autumn.
Bottom Line: I do not advise tackling this unless you are either nuts, a regular hill / cliff scrambler or both. I got down but typically wear full wet weather gear so I was sliding at some points. Suffice to say it's a "little bit iffy".
Flying Your Drone:this is a bit like the access and I don't advise doing so or not doing so, just that I did. Be sure your manual flying skills are up to scratch though as my drone would not get a reliable GPS lock due to a. being in a gorge and b. possibly the iron ore in the rocks messing with it. I tried to hover at one point to grab a 360 pano and my drone simply would not remain stable and drifted several metres in random directions.
HOWEVER: if you do go then what you are greeted with is stunning red and green cliffs and a red stream / river running through. If you decide to wade upstream then you can get to the devil's pulpit (the lump or rock middle top in my image).
Would I go again - hell yes.
Co-ordinates: 56.03136, -4.417421 • what3words: ///envoy.scrolled.examine
Parking is extremely limited at the bottom but there is a large carpark at the top of a very steep hill.
I bumped into the owner of the 'Room With a View' Hotel and asked for permission to fly. He had no issues but technically you wouldn't need to ask.... but as he was there it was easy enough to do so. I happened to be there in their off-season so they wer actually closed, so my advice is check before you fly as it could be busy. Also, just around the headland are two warning triangles for beacons - these, from my visit, appeared inactive / unloved so may not cause any issues but best to be aware.
Co-ordinates: 56.05024, -3.288606 • what3words: ///imprints.shatters.mondays
Access is via a very unmade road so if you value your car - walk.
I'll also add, this is just outside the Edinburgh FRZ and you decide i you want to fly. For my part, the app didn't warn that I couldn't and didn't even mention it was near by. During my flight I also witnessed a plane flying down the firth itself but well above 400ft - however I'm certain that won't stop teh UFO^h^h^h drone spotters from reporting you.
Co-ordinates: 55.99389, -3.373345 • what3words: ///verbs.duty.tent
Parking on the other side of the road to the priory.
I have placed the marker for where I stood and flew from. Technically I didn't need landowner permission as the land was publicly accessible - however, as I'd visited the fascinatring little church (lots of history to it) and bumped into one of teh churchwardens I asked and told him what I wanted to do and he said no problems... with one caveat. He was concerned about the privacy of the owner of Little Malvern Court (opens occasionally to the public - check hours). Thus this initial shot I'm sharing shows very little of the court.
However, when I contacted Lady Berrington (current owner) she wanted to purchase a copy of one of my photos so make of that as you will. However, on open days the area could be buisy with people.
Co-ordinates: 52.06125, -2.335595 • what3words: ///cost.narrates.tactical
Parking is available within the "Dunraven Estate" and depending on time of day / year you may find a parking attendant charging (currently) £3 per car but you can stay all day for that.
The estate has the Wales Coastal Path crossing its lands and the remnants of Dunraven Castle (that was still in use until the late 50's but essentially is foundations / ruins now). The area is popular with walkers and surfers and you will almost always find a fellow droner or photographer somewhere around. The image is the of the iconic 'Withces Point' as it looks like a witches hat from the air. This part almost always has folks fishing. Some stepp climbs and dangerous cliffs but stout footwear and lots to see. In teh summer months there is also a kiosk that opens.
Area can get very busy so best to plan for early morning or later afternoon / evening flights.
Co-ordinates: 51.44197, -3.606015 • what3words: ///jokers.preheated.aims
Limted parking near to the spillway itself.
Area can get quite popular as Brecon Mountain Railway runs nearby. Also, water sports are popular on the reservoir itself.
Co-ordinates: 51.79702, -3.364649 • what3words: ///dairy.thanks.signed
The railway is part of the 'Heart of Wales' line and does occasionally have steam trains traverssing it.
Access is not the easiest and choices are:
1. Park by Cynghordy Station (station is too grand a word for it) and then floolw footpaths but you'll need an OS map and stout footwear. Essentially you need to get up and by the wooded area - here or herabouts: http://bit.ly/36dGsiE
2. Park under the bridge and walk up the lane a little to get a reasonable view. There are a few lay-by's and or gates into fields to set yourself up in. If you park here, there is also a tiny chapel and graveyard which may or may not be open.
Co-ordinates: 52.06197, -3.738211 • what3words: ///commented.exporters.outfitter
Limited parking on Fort Rd, just by the entrance to the holiday park. You could try parking there but not sure if you'd get booked..
Turnstile leads to a footpath along the edge of a field and then left through woods up to Lavernock point itself. Some details about the location here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lavernock_Battery
Co-ordinates: 51.40442, -3.179566 • what3words: ///insolvent.chops.point
There is limited parking outside the front of the castle which is technically only open until sunset (caretaker can be a bit variable) but there is open common land between the castle and the church and some parking is available by the church. There is a footpath here that leads to the other entrance and also to a gate into the field where I fly from.
If you visit, be aware that a prison is fairly close by and the DJI app will throw up a warning but you can fly, just need to acknowledge you are responsible. I've never had an issue with any locals and as my image shows, some lads are playing footy in the grounds after closing but ddin't even bat an eyelid at me.
If you visit - give me a shout and I'll try and join you, and then perhaps share a pint in the Six Bells (also in shot) in the village afterwards.
Co-ordinates: 51.52219, -3.554415 • what3words: ///flute.first.shins
This is an abandoned lime quarry with lots of the machinery still 'intact' - and it is a fab Urbex location. I've marked where to park on Waun Bant Road - which is limited. You then have to cross a fence with barbed wire but this fence and barbed wire are both illegally added by the local farmer that doesn't like folks next to his fields.
Who owns the land is one of those local myths, but it isn't the farmer, and it was most likely the now defunct Stormy Stone & Brick Company. Lots to see / shoot here iuncluding a waste water pool (where my old P3SE is likely languishing).
Co-ordinates: 51.52201, -3.65525 • what3words: ///premises.initiated.lyricist
There is limited parking at the base of the hill, but soem more available by the Abbey itself. There is a steep hill to climb and if you are unlucky then you will find some locals getting drunk, :)
Otherwise this spot is almost always deserted. Not only can you get shot of Capel Mair itself (see here: http://bit.ly/2u8RCqP for details of locale) but it will also give you a clear aerial shot of Margam Castle and parks which doesn't allow drones.
Co-ordinates: 51.56479, -3.730977 • what3words: ///socialite.migrate.snooze
Limited parking is available by the railway bridge just off Fontygary Road - also a layby approx 100m down provides a few more spots. Either way, a short downhill walk, throogh / over a style and wooded paths leads you to the back of teh Lime Kiln building and a pond.
Technically you are inside the Cardiff FRZ so I would call Cardiff ATC and St Athan's ATC (if daytime) to advise so no panic sets in. I have written permission 'in principle' that it should be fine to fly here just pre-advise on the day to the ATC.
Also, be aware that there is quite a bit of wildlife here. If tide is out then there is a huge beach the other side of the sea wall and a short stroll takes you to Aberthaw Power Station (where more parking is also available).
Co-ordinates: 51.38197, -3.366827 • what3words: ///likewise.stages.devoured
There is a smallish layby at the site and you can then wander down to the lighthouse or beach (if tide is out). During the high season there is a small charge and the grass field is opened up to parking.
This is on the Wales coastal path so can be reached from other locations.
Co-ordinates: 51.40135, -3.555965 • what3words: ///blur.presenter.husband