Stuff Report – 30 April 2012

It’s my last day in Wales, and as my brother had to go to work, I took myself out for the day. I took the train into Cardiff, with only vague plans in mind, which I was ready to change depending on the weather. It rained a bit on the way to the station, but not too much..

My first vague plan was to visit the National Museum, as it’s been a few years since I last went there, and in the meantime the art gallery has been expanded, improved and generally made better. Or so I’ve heard. Of course, I’d forgotten that it doesn’t open on Mondays[1], so I had to settle for walking past it. I then moved on to Plan B, and took another train to Cardiff Bay, where I had a bit of a wander, and took some pictures before setting out to walk to the Cardiff Bay Barrage. I’d only intended to walk part way out so I could get some pictures of the bay from it, but somehow I ended up going all the way across, then up an infinitely steep hill into Penarth. By the time I got there, I was a bit worn out, so got yet another train back to Cardiff. I had a toasted teacake and an excellent espresso at the lovely Plan Café Bar, then went back to the station to return to Pencoed.

I remembered to pause the Garmin app when I got on trains, but forgot to resume it after a pause at the end of the barrage, so it hasn’t tracked my full walking distance, but this at least gives an idea of where I went:

Cardiff and Penarth

Cardiff and Penarth

Add on about a mile for to and from Pencoed station and probably another mile of untracked wandering, and that’s a pretty good walk.

One picture for now – this is a close-up of the Merchant Seafarers’ Monument at Cardiff Bay:

Merchant Seafarers Memorial

Merchant Seafarers Memorial

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Aperture: ƒ/11
Shutter speed: 1/40s
Focal length: 92mm
ISO: 200

The sky was mostly grey, with occasional bursts of sun. It only started to brighten up properly when I got on the train back to Pencoed, mutter.

[1] This is the case with a lot of museums in the UK – I think it’s because they’re open at weekends, and they need a day for sorting ut, tidying up, or maybe just letting staff have time off.

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