Cosmeston Lakes Country Park, Country Parks Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan - Wales where to go, what to see and where to stay in Wales


Cosmeston Penarth Vale_of_Glamorgan Wales
The country park has a variety of habitats covering over 100 hectares of land and water, some 46ha being designated a S.S.S.I (Site of Special Scientific Interest) protecting the rare and diverse plant and animal species. Cosmeston offers a fine introduction into the countryside and is open all year round. The park has been designed to enable people of all abilities to discover and enjoy the countryside found within the Vale of Glamorgan. Cosmeston lakes country park had its origins with the advent of limestone quarrying in the early 1890s. The quarrying ceased in 1970 and this saw one of the quarry sites being used for landfill. Underground springs flooded parts of the quarried area creating lakes. The quarry spoil areas were landscaped and together with the lakes form the main features of the park which we can see today giving access to over of 100 hectares of woodland, calcareous grassland and wetlands.The Park is also home to Cosmeston Medieval Village which is a Heritage Project that is unique in Britain. The reconstructed 14th Century village is on it's original site and consists of medieval buildings, gardens, rare breeds and a small museum. Tours of the village are by costumed villagers. Special events take place throughout the year such as jousting, medieval combat, archery, crafts, Halloween events and Summer Festivals.
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