The Travelling Irishman

Student (Cardiff University, 2nd year history) - Traveller - Writer (poetry, travel writing (!) and more - lover of food, history, music and other paraphernalia - hope you enjoy!

Just before I finally got to the barrage across Cardiff Bay, I ran into this customs house in Penarth. Though there is a newer part which is actually quite elegant, the majority of the massive building is abandoned and has been for some time. Pigeons and crows were swarming all over it, with lots of large plants growing all over it and boards and fences keeping people out. Great place for a secret headquarters…

About to get out onto the barrage, and starting to feel very far from the parts of Cardiff I normally visit now

Penarth Marina pt. 2 - getting closer to the ocean proper now, the fanciness and enormous number of boats remains a running theme. It feels quite different from the rest of Cardiff as a result, and is probably a good place to retire.

Penarth Marina, pt. 1

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Finally getting across the river - Penarth marina feels a world away from the centre, or the bay for that matter - it feels much more fancy and English.

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There are a LOT of boats there…

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This pedestrian bridge was quite well designed and it even swung up in the middle to let the high masts of yachts through. It was quite good aesthetically and blended in well, which just makes it all the more a shame that its out in an area where very few pedestrians will appreciate it; there just isn’t much foot traffic. Its a shame to see this thoughtful design go largely unappreciated.

White Water centre - Olympics!

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At first, I thought I had to just take a photo of this place through the fence…

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As you can see, its not in operation at the moment, like so much of the Olympic legacy (not the last time that concept appears on this trip).

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This photo’s a bit cleaner - you can see the church on the hilltop in Penarth which I get ever closer to but never reach on this trip. If only I’d had a little more free time before lectures…

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In the end, I could take a photo from the end really easily because the fence didn’t even go all the way round. I’m sure its exciting when its in use… ?

The Marl is a weird name, but its a nice little bit of playing-fielded open space near the river between Grangetown and Penarth.

Some bits of Grangetown are actually quite fancy

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Those balconies are pretty flash - you can see the reeds from my last post in the corner. These were taken just around the corner from the Marl, a green area in the next post. 

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The bike and the oldey-style lamposts… frames the shot quite nicely, I think. High price living, I think, but its clean and full of fresh air - great for cycling.

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This road bridge is bigger than it looks in the photo, and really loud - how do cars make so much noise from a few running engines and some tyres? 

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Quite a long bridge…Cardiff Bay is behind that marina in the near ground. You can see how nice a day it was in the stillness of the water as well as the clear sky - like a millpond.

Near the mouth of the river, with Penarth finally visible in the distance - a rowing-boat jetty surrounded by reeds made me stop and get all photographer-y. Got to say, these are some of my favourites, I feel I can properly be proud of them :)

Riverside… further on down the Taff

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Some guy was out doing a few lonely sculls on the river at 11.30 in the morning - good on him, he chose a great day for it! 

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Ideal for strolling, cycling, ogling the river (overgrown as it may be) - Riverside does have its nice parts…

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As much as I love seeing the heritage of the Brains factory still standing, I’m not going to pretend it doesn’t give the area a very industrial feel. Eyes forward (on the river) !

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After a while, you end up in this area full of nondescript houses and no idea how far you are between the town centre and Penarth/Grangetown. These flats stood out though - they must be pretty pricey though, they look fancy and the views must be great.