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Limpert Bay. Aberthaw Beach

Cardiff, Bro Morgannwg / the Vale of Glamorgan

A wide bay overlooked by Aberthaw Power Station. At low tides this is a vast expanse of rocks and pebbles. Rich in fossils and interspersed with rock-pools and patches of sand. In the water there are two large cooling water outlets from the local power station.

Beach Type





Fossil hunting
Rock pooling

Nature and Wildlife

There is a coastal path.

Water Quality

Not Tested




No dog restrictions.

Tourist Information

Cardiff TIC. 16 Wood Street 029 2022 7281


Nearest town: Cardiff
County: Bro Morgannwg / the Vale of Glamorgan
Latitude/Longitude: 51.3859, -3.40993
Postcode: CF62 4QT
(postcode is for sat-nav purposes only, and may not represent the actual address of the beach)


Follow signs for Cardiff international airport then carry on along the coast towards Llantwit Major. turn off this road in Gileston. towards west Aberthaw.

Nearest Railway Stations

Rhoose Cardiff International Airport (Approx. 3 miles away)
Llantwit Major (Approx. 3 miles away)
Barry (Approx. 6 miles away)
Barry Island (Approx. 6 miles away)
Barry Docks (Approx. 7 miles away)

Important! Distances are as the crow (or seagull) flies. Road distances may be considerably longer, especially at estuary locations.


Parking is available next to the beach.

Nearby Car Parks

The Highwayman, Tredogan (Unknown stay).
About 2.5 miles away
Rhoose Point Transport Interchange, Rhoose (Unknown stay).
About 2.6 miles away
Cardiff International Airport - Long Stay 1, Rhoose (Long stay).
About 3.2 miles away
Cardiff International Airport - Short Stay, Rhoose (Short stay).
About 3.2 miles away
Coed Y Crinalt, Llancarfan (Unknown stay).
About 3.2 miles away
Cardiff International Airport - Long Stay 2, Rhoose (Unknown stay).
About 3.3 miles away
Bowling Green, Llantwit Major (Unknown stay).
About 3.4 miles away
Llantwit Major Station, Llantwit Major (Unknown stay).
About 3.5 miles away
Llantwit Major Town Hall, Llantwit Major (Unknown stay).
About 3.6 miles away
Airparks Cardiff, Rhoose (Long stay).
About 3.8 miles away

Accomodation Links

Hotels and Guest Houses in Cardiff