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Explore the Severn

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Your location guide to 20 of the most iconic and striking locations in the Severn Estuary

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Explore the Severn

  1. 1. Explore the Severn Darganfod yr Hafren LOCATION GUIDE CANLLAW’R LLEOLIAD #EXPLORETHESEVERN
  2. 2. Welcome to the Severn Estuary The Severn Estuary has something for all who visit its coastline, whether it be walking along the coast path, bird watching on a wetland reserve or having a picnic watching the famous Severn Bore. Steeped in history, culture and wildlife, the Severn Estuary has a unique landscape– just waiting for you to explore! We have one of the highest tidal ranges in the world, so expect to see the water level change - as much as 1 metre in little more than 20 minutes on some tides - as you wander along the coast. Home to a wide range of important wildlife, the estuary also has many visitors, with over 80,000 birds arriving every winter. Its rich coastal archaeological heritage boasts amongst the greatest in Britain, so be sure to keep your eye out for evidence of the past. This guide provides 20 iconic and beautiful spots on the Severn Estuary for you to visit, enjoy and explore. Visiting one of the sites today? Share your images with us on Twitter  and Instagram  @SevernEstuary and use #ExploreTheSevern. Find out more by visiting: www.severnestuarypartnership.org.uk/sep/explore Croeso i Aber Afon Hafren Mae gan Aber Afon Hafren rywbeth at ddant pawb sy’n ymweld â’i arfordir – gallwch fynd am dro ar hyd llwybr yr arfordir, gwylio adar mewn gwarchodfa gwlyptir neu fwynhau picnic yn gwylio’r Eger Hafren enwog. Mae tirwedd Aber Afon Hafren yn llawn hanes, diwylliant a bywyd gwyllt – da chi, dewch i’w darganfod! Mae gennym un o amrediadau llanw mwya’r byd, felly disgwyliwch weld lefel y dŵr yn newid – cymaint ag 1m mewn ychydig dros 20 munud ar adegau – wrth i chi grwydro ling-di-long ar hyd yr arfordir. Mae’r aber, sy’n gartref i amrywiaeth o fywyd gwyllt o bwys, yn denu heidiau o ymwelwyr, gyda dros 80,000 o adar yn cyrraedd bob gaeaf. Mae ei dreftadaeth archeolegol arfordirol cyfoethog ymysg y gorau ym Mhrydain, felly cadwch lygad allan am ambell atgof o’r dyddiau a fu. Mae’r canllaw hwn yn trafod 20 lleoliad eiconig a phrydferth ar hyd Aber Afon Hafren i chi ymweld â nhw, eu mwynhau a’u crwydro. Ydych chi’n ymweld ag un o’n safleoedd heddiw? Rhannwch eich lluniau gyda ni ar Twitter  ac Instagram  @SevernEstuary a defnyddiwch #ExploreTheSevern Dysgwch fwy yn: www.severnestuarypartnership.org.uk/sep/explore Cafe Caffi Toilets Toiledau Geological Daearegol Boat Transport Cludiant Cychod Historical Hanesyddol Pay Entry Mynediad Talu Tide Dependant Llanw yn Ddibynnol Walking Cerdded Parking (Pay) Parcio (Talu) Wildlife Bywyd Gwyllt Parking (Free) Parcio (Am ddim) Very Low Mud Level Lefel Mwd Isel Iawn Parking (Road) Parcio (Ffordd) Low Mud Level Lefel Mwd Isel Photography Ffotograffiaeth Medium Mud Level Lefel Mud Canolig Picnic Picnic High Mud Level Lefel Mwd Uchel Shop Siop Very High Mud Level Lefel Mwd Uchel iawn Key / Allwedd £ Frontcoverphoto/Llunclawrblaen:CarolynEaton
  3. 3. Check the tide times and weather forecast before you visit the coast. Cymerwch olwg ar amseroedd y llanw a’r rhagolygon tywydd cyn i chi ymweld â’r arfordir. Safety on the Severn Diogelwch ar yr Hafren • Keep safe on the foreshore, taking care of slippery rocks and the mudflats – the risk of getting stuck is real. • The Severn has one of the highest tidal ranges in the world - remember how quickly the tide moves and changes – up to 1 metre in little more than 20 minutes on some tides. • Wear suitable clothing and footwear, it can be muddy – check the welly meter for each site. • Remember to check Public Rights of Way before setting off. • Cadwch yn ddiogel ar flaen y traeth, cymerwch ofal ar greigiau llithrig a’r traethellau – mae perygl gwirioneddol o fynd yn sownd. • Mae gan yr Hafren un o amrediadau llanw mwya’r byd – cofiwch pa mor gyflym mae’r llanw’n symud a newid – hyd at 1m mewn ychydig dros 20 munud ar adegau. • Gwisgwch ddillad a sgidiau addas – gall fod yn fwdlyd. Cymerwch olwg ar y mesurydd welîs ar gyfer pob safle. • Cofiwch wybod beth yw'r Hawliau Tramwy Cyhoeddus cyn mynd. For more information on how to look after the estuary visit: www.asera.org.uk/good-practice-guidelines For tide times visit: www.ukho.gov.uk/easytide I gael rhagor o wybodaeth am sut i ofalu am yr aber, ewch i: www.asera.org.uk/good-practice-guidelines I weld yr amseroedd llanw ewch i: www.ukho.gov.uk/easytide Always bring a charged mobile phone and let friends or family know where you are and when you are likely to return home. The estuary is a home for wildlife – take care not to disturb feeding, breeding and resting birds. Stay on the footpaths where possible – help to protect the mudflats and saltmarsh that support wildlife. Help to keep the coast enjoyable for all and take all litter home with you. Dewch â ffôn symudol wedi’i wefru’n llawn gyda chi bob tro a rhowch wybod i’ch teulu a ffrindiau lle rydych chi a phryd rydych yn debygol o fod gartref. Mae’r aber yn gartref i fywyd gwyllt – peidiwch â tharfu ar adar sy’n bwydo, magu neu orffwys. Cadwch at y llwybrau lle y bo’n bosibl – helpwch ni i ddiogelu’r traethellau a’r morfa sy’n cefnogi bywyd gwyllt. Helpwch ni i sicrhau bod pawb yn gallu mwynhau’r arfordir – ewch â’ch sbwriel gartref gyda chi.
  4. 4. Whitmore Bay Barry Island’s Whitmore Bay is ideal for a fun, family day out at all times of the year. The award winning, Blue Flag beach has golden sand and fascinating rock pools home to crabs, limpets and barnacles. Famous for the TV show Gavin and Stacey, it offers a beautiful spot to enjoy an ice-cream, build sandcastles and go for a paddle. Bucket and spade anyone? Wander along the limestone headland for fantastic views of the wider Severn Estuary. It makes up part of the Wales Coast Path - keen to explore more? Visit the Glamorgan Heritage Coast that stretches from Aberthaw to Porthcawl. Cold Knap beach and Jackson Bay are also not to miss if you are in the area. Bae Whitmore Mae Bae Whitmore yn Ynys y Barri yn ddelfrydol am ddiwrnod allan gyda’r teulu ar unrhyw adeg o’r flwyddyn. Mae tywod euraidd y traeth, sydd wedi ennill Baner Las, a’r pyllau glan môr yn gartref i grancod, cregyn meheryn a chregyn llong. Yn enwog diolch i’r sioe deledu Gavin and Stacey, mae’n llecyn hardd i fwynhau hufen iâ, adeiladu cestyll tywod a phadlo. Bwced a rhaw unrhyw un? Ewch am dro ar hyd y pentir calchfaen am olygfeydd godidog o Aber Afon Hafren. Mae’n rhan o Lwybr Arfordir Cymru – os hoffech weld mwy, ewch i Arfordir Treftadaeth Morgannwg sy’n ymestyn o Aberddawan i Borthcawl. Mae traeth Cold Knap a Bae Jackson hefyd yn llefydd hyfryd na ddylech eu methu tra eich bod yn yr ardal. £1 CF62 5TQ CF62 5AH www.severnestuarypartnership.org.uk/explore Photocredit:PhilippaEvans
  5. 5. Flat Holm Island Situated in the middle of the Estuary, Flat Holm provides stunning views and a unique experience to really explore the Severn in a different way. Its remoteness and isolation gives a sense of excitement. Half a mile wide, the island is home to fantastic wildlife including seabird colonies - don’t forget to bring your binoculars. Visit the Isolation Hospital, used to protect the mainland from a cholera epidemic in 1883. Look out for the historical lighthouse, fog horn station and WW2 fortifications. Feeling adventurous? You can stay overnight on the Island. Day trips (using high speed RIBs) also depart from Cardiff Bay several times a month. Ynys Echni Mae Ynys Echni, sy’n gorwedd yng nghanol yr Aber, yn cynnig golygfeydd gogoneddus a phrofiad unigryw sy’n rhoi’r cyfle i rywun ddarganfod Afon Hafren mewn ffordd wahanol. Mae ei natur anghysbell yn ennyn cyffro. Mae’r ynys, lai na hanner milltir ar ei hyd, yn gartref i fywyd gwyllt bendigedig, fel nythfeydd adar môr, felly cofiwch ddod â’ch ysbienddrych. Cofiwch ymweld â’r Ysbyty Arwahanu, a ddefnyddiwyd i ddiogelu’r tir mawr rhag epidemig colera ym 1883. Cadwch lygad allan am y goleudy hanesyddol, gorsaf y corn niwl ac amddiffynfeydd o’r Ail Ryfel Byd. Gallwch aros dros nos ar yr Ynys, ond mae teithiau dydd (ar gychod RIB cyflym) yn gadael o Fae Caerdydd sawl gwaith y mis. £ 2 CF10 5BZ (Cardiff Bay) www.severnestuarypartnership.org.uk/explore Photocredit:CardiffHarbourAuthority
  6. 6. Penarth to Lavernock Point If you fancy a long coastal walk (~2.5 hours) with views across to the islands of Flat Holm and Steep Holm (even the Somerset coast on a clear day), then this stretch is for you. Park at Penarth or Lavernock Point (depending on where you want to start from) and make your way along the road before joining up with the Wales Coast Path. Upon reaching Lavernock Point Nature Reserve, spot a variety of butterflies, moths and birds like sparrowhawks and green woodpeckers. Lavernock Point is perfect for geology lovers who want to explore the cliffs (a mixture of Jurassic and Triassic rocks) for evidence of the history of the Severn Estuary, our very own Jurassic Park. (Facilities are at Penarth). Penarth i Drwyn Larnog Am dreulio ychydig oriau yn cerdded (tua 2.5 awr) i gael golygfeydd o Ynys Echni ac Ynys Rhonech (ac arfordir Gwlad yr Haf ar ddiwrnodau clir)? Dyma’r llwybr i chi! Parciwch ym Mhenarth neu Drwy Larnog (yn dibynnu ar le byddwch yn dechrau eich taith) a cherddwch ar hyd y ffordd cyn ymuno â Llwybr Arfordir Cymru. Pan gyrhaeddwch Warchodfa Natur Trwyn Larnog, gallwch geisio dod o hyd i amrywiaeth o bili-palaod, gwyfynod ac adar, fel y gwalch glas a’r gnocell werdd. Mae Trwyn Larnog hefyd yn berffaith i bobl sy’n hoff o’u daeareg ac sydd am grwydro’r clogwyni (cymysgedd o greigiau Jwrasig a Thriasig) am gip ar hanes Aber Afon Hafren – ein Jurassic Park ein hunain. (Cyfleusterau ym Mhenarth). £3CF64 3AU (Penarth) CF64 5XQ (Lavernock Point) www.severnestuarypartnership.org.uk/explore Photocredit:SamGreen
  7. 7. Cardiff Bay A vibrant hub of activity along the estuary. Mermaid Quay is home to shops, bars, the Senedd and Pier Head Building (National Assembly for Wales), Norwegian Church (once an important meeting place for Norwegian seafarers during the industrial revolution), and Cardiff Bay Wetland Reserve. Easily accessible with walkways, the reserve attracts a variety of wildlife. To enjoy views across the city, walk along the Barrage from the Church. The Barrage has impressive locks, a fish pass and an embankment play area. Take time to stop and watch the world (and the boats) go by. Bae Caerdydd Mae gweithgareddau ar hyd yr aber. Mae Cei’r Fôr-forwyn yn gartref i lawer o siopau a bariau, y Senedd ac Adeilad y Pierhead (Cynulliad Cenedlaethol Cymru), yr Eglwys Norwyaidd (unwaith yn fan cyfarfod i forwyr o Norwy yn ystod y chwyldro diwydiannol) a Gwarchodfa Gwlyptiroedd Bae Caerdydd. Mae’n hawdd ei cherdded ar y llwybrau cerdded ac mae’n denu amrywiaeth o fywyd gwyllt. I fwynhau golygfeydd o’r ddinas, cerddwch ar hyd Morglawdd Bae Caerdydd o’r Eglwys. Mae lociau’r Morglawdd yn drawiadol, llwybr pysgod ac ardal chwarae. Cymrwch ysbaid i wylio’r byd a’i bethau (a’r cychod). £ 4 CF10 5BS www.severnestuarypartnership.org.uk/explore Photocredit:AndrewRees
  8. 8. Newport Wetlands A beautiful nature reserve on the edge of Newport overlooking the Severn Estuary, home to a wealth of nature throughout the year. Bring your binoculars and look out for bumblebees, dragonflies and butterflies in the spring and summer, spectacular starling murmurations and a variety of wildfowl during the cooler months. Star species such as the marsh harrier and bearded tit can be seen year round. This sanctuary is bursting with wildlife and spectacular views of the Severn Estuary all year round. Gwlyptiroedd Casnewydd Gwarchodfa natur brydferth ar gyrion Casnewydd sy’n edrych dros Aber Afon Hafren ac sy’n gartref i gyfoeth o fywyd gwyllt drwy gydol y flwyddyn. Dewch â’ch binocwlars i gael golwg graff ar ambell gachgi bwm, gwas y neidr a phili-pala yn y gwanwyn a’r haf, murmuron syfrdanol y drudwy ac amrywiaeth o adar yn ystod y misoedd oerach. Mae rhywogaethau enwog fel boncath y wern a’r titw barfog i’w gweld yma drwy gydol y flwyddyn. Mae’r warchodfa dan ei sang â bywyd gwyllt ac yn cynnig golygfeydd bendigedig o Aber Afon Hafren gydol y flwyddyn. 5NP18 2BZ www.severnestuarypartnership.org.uk/explore Photocredit:CeriBurrows
  9. 9. Black Rock For impressive, panoramic views of the estuary and both Severn Bridge crossings, visit Black Rock. It’s ideal for a relaxed afternoon picnicking on the coast, taking in the scenery and reading up on the history of the Black Rock Lave Net Heritage Fishery which has been active since the 1920s. Join up with the Wales Coast Path (turn right out of car park entrance) for half a mile to explore the ruins of Sudbrook Chapel, dating back to the 12th century and Sudbrook Camp, a late iron-age cliff top fort. Be sure to scan the saltmarsh, mudflats and rocky shore on the way for species such as shelduck, buzzard, oystercatcher and curlew all year round. Y Graig Ddu I fwynhau golygfeydd trawiadol, panoramig o’r aber a’r ddwy Bont Hafren, ewch i’r Graig Ddu. Mae’n llecyn hyfryd i fwynhau picnic pnawn wrth y môr, mwynhau’r olygfa a dysgu am hanes Pysgodfa Treftadaeth Rhwydi Golchi’r Graig Ddu, sydd wedi bod ar waith ers y 1920au. Ymunwch â Llwybr Arfordir Cymru (drwy droi i’r dde allan o fynedfa’r maes parcio) am hanner milltir i weld adfeilion Capel Sudbrook, sy’n dyddio o’r 12fed ganrif, a Gwersyll Sudbrook, sy’n glogwyn-gaer yn dyddio o ddiwedd yr oes haearn. Gallech weld rhywogaethau fel hwyaden yr eithin, y boncath, pioden y môr a’r gylfinir ar y morfa, y traethellau a’r arfordir creigiog drwy gydol y flwyddyn. 6 NP26 5TW www.severnestuarypartnership.org.uk/explore Photocredit:BenHollier
  10. 10. Lydney Harbour Breathtaking estuary views at Lydney Harbour are a welcome surprise for first time visitors. The historic dock dates back to the early 19th Century, although Lydney’s use as a water gateway goes back even further. Remnants of its industrial past are still visible today. Once you’ve taken in the natural splendour of the estuary from the short walk around the harbour, you can visit Lydney and the many attractions of the Forest of Dean. A trip to the historic Gloucester Docks is also a must-do. Visit our website for more information. Harbwr Lydney Mae’r golygfeydd ysblennydd o’r aber yn siŵr o’ch syfrdanu os ydych yn ymweld â Harbwr Lydney am y tro cyntaf. Mae’r doc hanesyddol yn dyddio’n ôl i ddechrau’r 19eg ganrif, ond mae Lydney wedi cael ei defnyddio fel porth dŵr ers oes pys. Mae olion o’i gorffennol diwydiannol i’w gweld o hyd. Ar ôl mwynhau rhyfeddodau naturiol yr aber o’r llwybrau byrion o amgylch yr harbwr, ewch i ymweld â Lydney ei hun ac atyniadau amrywiol Fforest y Ddena. Cofiwch ymweld â Dociau Caerloyw hefyd. Ewch i’n gwefan i gael rhagor o wybodaeth. 7GL15 4EJ www.severnestuarypartnership.org.uk/explore Photocredit:StanBGreen
  11. 11. Newnham-on-Severn the Severn Bore Stroll along the banks of the river at Newnham-on-Severn and enjoy the tranquil setting. Using the telescope, watch a variety of birds feeding on the mudflats from afar. It’s also a popular spot to view the famous Severn Bore – one of Britain’s greatest natural phenomena. The Severn Bore is a large surge wave created by the rising tide that travels upstream, at speeds of up to 13mph. You can often see surfers and kayakers catching the bore, some travelling great distances. The height of the bore increases upstream - travelling further towards Minsterworth is worthwhile. Visit our website for more information and links to the bore timetable. Newnham-on-Severn ac Eger Hafren Ewch am dro ar hyd glannau’r afon yn Newnham-on-Severn i fwynhau eiliad o heddwch. Defnyddiwch y telesgop i wylio amrywiaeth o adar yn bwydo ar y traethellau. Mae hefyd yn fan poblogaidd i wylio’r enwog Eger Hafren – un o ryfeddodau naturiol enwocaf Prydain. Mae’r eger yn don ymchwydd fawr sy’n cael ei chreu gan daith y llanw i fyny’r afon hyd at 13 milltir yr awr. Yn aml fe welwch syrffwyr a chaiacwyr yn dal yr eger, gyda rhai’n teithio pellteroedd maith! Mae’r eger yn tyfu wrth iddo deithio i fyny’r afon, felly teithiwch tua i’w weld ar ei orau. Ewch i’n gwefan i gael rhagor o wybodaeth a dolenni i amserlen yr eger. 8 GL14 1BH www.severnestuarypartnership.org.uk/explore Photocredit:AlanPiper
  12. 12. Purton Hulks Time to discover the history and stories of the sunken ships at Purton Hulks - the largest “ships’ graveyard” in the UK. In 1909, a small fleet of timber lighters were beached here to strengthen the canal bank, protecting it from eroding away by the tide. Now it is home to over 80 boats buried here - the largest collection of maritime artefacts on the foreshore of Britain. Friends of Purton provide guided tours – see our website for more information. Hylciau Purton Camwch yn ôl drwy amser a dysgu am hanes yr holl longau sydd wedi’u tirio yn Hylciau Purton – “mynwent longau” fwyaf y DU. Ym 1909, tiriwyd fflyd fechan o gychod dadlwytho pren yma i atgyfnerthu glan y gamlas a’i diogelu rhag erydiad y llanw. Mae nawr yn gartref i fwy nag 80 o gychod – y casgliad mwyaf o arteffactau morol ym Mhrydain. Mae Cyfeillion Purton yn cynnig teithiau tywys – ewch i’n gwefan am ragor o wybodaeth. 9GL13 9HP www.severnestuarypartnership.org.uk/explore Photocredit:MeganWilde
  13. 13. Sharpness Take in the beautiful scenery from a different vantage point – the upper estuary. Sharpness picnic area is an ideal location for a relaxed lunch on a sunny day. Spend some time watching boats arriving and departing through the locks, only accessible to most craft at high tide. Take a stroll along the coast; the views of the two Severn Bridges in the distance are spectacular at sunset – a great opportunity to test those photography skills. Sharpness Dewch i fwynhau’r prydferthwch o ongl wahanol yn yr aber uchaf. Ardal picnic Sharpness yw’r lle delfrydol i fwynhau tamaid i’w fwyta ar hirddydd haf. Treuliwch ysbaid yn gwylio’r cychod yn mynd a dod drwy’r lociau, sydd ond ar agor i’r rhan fwyaf o longau gyda’r penllanw. Ewch am dro ar hyd yr arfordir; mae’r golygfeydd o’r ddwy Bont Hafren ar y gorwel yn syfrdanol wrth i’r haul fachlud – cyfle gwych i gael y camera allan. 10 GL13 9UF www.severnestuarypartnership.org.uk/explore Photocredit:MeganWilde
  14. 14. Oldbury-on-Severn Explore the countryside of South Gloucestershire. Oldbury-on- Severn is a small, picturesque village with a thriving community spirit. Follow the Severn Way to the riverside by Thornbury Sailing Club. Stand on the bank for a unique snapshot of the estuary, with views down to Aust, across to Gloucester, of both Severn Bridges and Oldbury Power Station. The surrounding coastal fields offer excellent opportunities to spot internationally important birdlife. Ducks, waders and migratory birds all use and travel through the area. Nearby is the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust’s Slimbridge Wetland Centre (see website), offering the chance to enjoy amazing wildlife up-close. Oldbury-on-Severn Dewch i grwydro cefn gwlad De Swydd Gaerloyw. Mae Oldbury-on- Severn yn bentref bach, tlws a chlos. Dilynwch Lwybr Hafren i lawr i lan yr afon ger Clwb Hwylio Thornbury. Mae’r olygfa o’r glannau’n unigryw – gallwch weld i lawr tuag at Aust a draw dros donnau’r aber i Gaerloyw, dwy Bont Hafren a Phwerdy Oldbury. Mae’r caeau arfordirol cyfagos yn gartref i adar o bwysigrwydd rhyngwladol wrth i hwyaid, adar hirgoes ac adar mudol oll ddefnyddio theithio drwy’r ardal. Gerllaw mae Canolfan Gwlyptiroedd Slimbridge Ymddiriedolaeth Adar y Gwlyptir (gweler y wefan), sy’n rhoi’r cyfle i chi ddod wyneb-yn-wyneb â’r bywyd gwyllt. 11 BS35 1QA www.severnestuarypartnership.org.uk/explore Photocredit:KevinBoulton
  15. 15. Aust Cliff The striking red, black and white layers of Aust Cliff are perhaps the most iconic natural feature of the South Gloucestershire landscape. It tells the story of the drowning of an ancient hot, arid desert between 221 and 195 million years ago. Along the bottom of the cliff, look for white rock (gypsum) in thin layers – formed when the ancient desert lakes dried out. Bony remains of sea reptiles like ichthyosaurs and plesiosaurs, along with sharks, shells and sea urchins can be found on the beach below. The Aust Goddess, a small bronze statuette, was recovered from the cliff foot 100 years ago, thought to date back to the late Iron Age or Roman times. Clogwyn Aust Efallai taw Clogwyn Aust, â’i haenau coch, du a gwyn trawiadol, yw nodwedd naturiol fwyaf eiconig tirwedd De Swydd Gaerloyw. Dyma leoliad stori ddramatig am foddi anialdir poeth, cras, hynafol rhwng 221 a 195 miliwn o flynyddoedd yn ôl. Ar hyd gwaelod y clogwyn, cadwch lygad allan am haenau tenau o graig wen (gypswm) – a ffurfiwyd pan sychodd llynnoedd hynafol yr anialwch. Mae gweddillion esgyrnol ymlusgiaid morol fel yr ichthyosor a’r plesiosor yn yr haenau uchaf ynghyd â siarcod, cregyn a môr-ddraenogod ar y traeth islaw. Darganfuwyd Duwies Aust, delw efydd fechan, ar waelod y clogwyn ganrif yn ôl fwy na thebyg o ddiwedd Oes yr Haearn neu Oes y Rhufeiniaid. 12 BS35 4BG www.severnestuarypartnership.org.uk/explore Photocredit:JamesFlynn
  16. 16. Severn Beach New Passage A windswept stopping point for migratory birds, the area is much- loved by residents, birdwatchers, walkers and cyclists and offers incredible views north to the second Severn Crossing (opened in 1996 at over 5km long) and south to the Avonmouth and Royal Portbury Docks – Bristol’s maritime portal to the rest of the world. You may even be lucky enough to spot a seal on the beach! Walk north to join up with the New Passage Heritage Trail, a peaceful walk to take in the river. Traeth Hafren a’r Rhodfa Newydd Mae’r ardal hon, sy’n hafan wyntog i adar mudol, yn boblogaidd iawn ymysg trigolion lleol, gwylwyr adar, cerddwyr a beicwyr ac mae’n cynnig golygfeydd trawiadol tua’r gogledd at ail Bont Hafren (a agorwyd ym 1996 ac sy’n fwy na 5km o hyd) ac i’r de i Avonmouth a Dociau Brenhinol Portbury – porth morol Bryste i’r byd mawr. Gallech weld morlo’n mwynhau ar y traeth os ydych chi’n lwcus! Cerddwch i’r gogledd i ymuno â Llwybr Treftadaeth y Rhodfa Newydd, sy’n daith hamddenol ar hyd yr afon. 13 BS35 4PE www.severnestuarypartnership.org.uk/explore Photocredit:GwilymOwen
  17. 17. Clevedon A beautiful Victorian historic seaside town, Clevedon is a great spot to visit all year round. Popular for its promenade, pebbled beaches, marine lake and Victorian bandstand, and the many cafes and restaurants to enjoy the view. Opened in 1869 to receive paddle steamers from Devon and Wales, Clevedon Pier's exceptional architectural quality and beautiful design led to its designation as the UK's only functioning Grade 1 Listed Pier. Pop in to the small museum for a range of hands-on exhibits for all ages about Clevedon, the Pier and the estuary. The Porthole Room allows you to see the estuary from a different perspective, with views across the estuary from underneath the Pier. Clevedon Yn dref glan môr hanesyddol Fictoraidd, mae Clevedon lle gwych i ymweld ag ef gydol y flwyddyn, yn boblogaidd am ei phromenâd, traethau cerigos, llyn morol a llwyfan bandiau Fictoraidd, ynghyd â chaffis a bwytai amrywiol sy’n cynnig golygfeydd ysblennydd. Dynodwyd Pier Clevedon, a agorwyd ym 1869 i groesawu agerlongau padl o Ddyfnaint a Chymru, yn Adeilad Gradd 1 – yr unig bier o’i fath yn y DU – am ansawdd ei bensaernïaeth a’i ddyluniad hyfryd. Galwch draw i’r amgueddfa fechan sy’n cynnwys amrywiaeth o arddangosiadau i bawb o bob oedran am Clevedon, y Pier a’r aber. Mae Ystafell y Portwll yn cynnig persbectif gwahanol o’r aber, gyda golygfa unigryw o waelod y Pier. £ 14 BS21 7TR www.severnestuarypartnership.org.uk/explore Photocredit:MeganWilde
  18. 18. Sand Point Middle Hope One of the most beautiful parts of the North Somerset coast, Sand Point peninsula (National Trust managed), stretches from Middle Hope beach into the estuary. A prime spot for explorers to find clues of the past - geologists have visited here for 200 years. Spot “tuffs” (solidified volcanic ash) and pillow lavas (formed as molten lava cooled rapidly as it flowed into the sea) on the beach - proof of volcanic eruptions over 300 million years ago. Tranquil and wild, if you look out from the edge of the Point you may be lucky enough to spot a seal or harbour porpoise. Surrounding coastal fields also provide important resting and refuelling spots for migratory birds on passage. Sand Point a Middle Hope Mae pentir Sand Point, un o ardaloedd prydferthaf arfordir Gogledd Gwlad yr Haf (a reolir gan Ymddiriedolaeth Genedlaethol), yn ymestyn o draeth Middle Hope i’r aber. Mae’n fan poblogaidd i bobl sy’n hoff o’u hanes – mae daearegwyr wedi bod yn ymweld â’r ardal ers 200 mlynedd. Ceisiwch ddod o hyd i’r “conau twff” (lludw folcanig wedi soledu) a’r clustogau lafa (a ffurfiwyd wrth i lafa tawdd oeri’n gyflym wrth lifo i’r môr) ar y traeth – tystiolaeth o ffrwydradau folcanig dros 300 miliwn o flynyddoedd yn ôl. Yn heddychlon a garw, gallech weld morlo neu lamhidydd yr harbwr o’r ymylon. Mae’r caeau arfordirol cyfagos yn hafan bwysig i lawer o adar mudol sy’n gorffwys a bwydo yma. £15 BS22 9UD www.severnestuarypartnership.org.uk/explore Photocredit:JimElliott
  19. 19. Weston-Super-Mare Grand Pier and Birnbeck Pier The miles of golden, flat, sandy beach offer something for everyone at Weston-super-Mare, from paddling, to wind surfing, to donkey riding! Stop off at the Grand Pier for an ice cream and for the famous family-friendly indoor theme park. Look out to Birnbeck Pier (pictured), a time capsule full of history, once linked the mainland to Birnbeck Island. Although it was closed in 1994, cast your mind back to the character and bustling activity that once was. Weston-Super-Mare Y Pier Mawr a Phier Birnbeck Mae milltiroedd o dywod euraid, gwastad yn Weston-super-Mare, sy’n berffaith ar gyfer padlo, hwyl-fyrddio neu fwynhau trip ar gefn asyn! Galwch draw yn y Pier Mawr i fwynhau hufen iâ blasus a’r parc thema dan do teuluol enwog. Edrychwch draw at Bier Birnbeck, sy’n gapsiwl amser llawn hanes a arferai gysylltu’r tir mawr ag Ynys Birnbeck. Cafodd ei gau ym 1994, ond caewch eich llygaid a cheisio dychmygu bwrlwm gweithgarwch yr oes a fu. £ 16 BS23 2EF www.severnestuarypartnership.org.uk/explore Photocredit:MeganWilde
  20. 20. Brean Down Stroll along historic Brean Down, one of Somerset’s most dramatic landmarks. This 300 million year-old Carboniferous limestone deposit marks the end of the great chain of Mendip Hills before it disappears into the Bristol Channel. The tip of Brean Down marks the location of the historic Brean Fort, built in 1870 to protect the Somerset coastline from French invasion. Walk back along the northern side’s military road - spot a large white arrow painted on the ground. In WW2, this indicated to passing bombers the direction of a practice range. Continue and you will find yourself surrounded by the remnants of six brick built Lewis Gun positions used in target practice in Weston Bay. Twyni Brean Dewch am dro ar hyd dwyni hanesyddol Brean, un o dirnodau mwyaf trawiadol Gwlad yr Haf. Mae’r gaenen galchfaen garbonifferaidd hon, sy’n 300 miliwn oed, yn cynrychioli diwedd cadwyn fawr Bryniau Mendip, cyn diflannu o dan donnau Môr Hafren. Copa’r twyni yw lleoliad Caer Brean, a adeiladwyd ym 1870 i warchod arfordir Gwlad yr Haf rhag y Ffrancwyr. Cerddwch yn ôl ar hyd ffordd filwrol y gogledd ac fe welwch saeth fawr wen wedi’i phaentio ar y llawr. Yn yr Ail Ryfel Byd, dangosai hon y ffordd i’r maes ymarfer cyfagos i awyrennau bomio. Ewch yn eich blaenau a chyn pen dim byddwch wedi’ch amgylchynu gan weddillion chwe safle saethu Gynnau Lewis a ddefnyddiwyd i ymarfer saethu targedau ym Mae Weston. £17 TA8 2RS www.severnestuarypartnership.org.uk/explore Photocredit:AlunRogers
  21. 21. Berrow Beach The long, beautiful six-mile stretch of golden sand between Burnham and Brean is not to be missed when out on the Somerset coast. The sand dunes support some of the most diverse flora in Somerset – over 270 species of wildflower have been identified. At low tide, discover the wreck of the SS Nornen, a Norwegian Barque which ran aground here in 1897. Traeth Berrow Mae chwe milltir o dywod euraid yn estyn rhwng Burnham a Brean – dyma un o uchafbwyntiau arfordir Gwlad yr Haf. Peidiwch â’i fethu, da chi. Mae’r twyni tywod yn gartref i’r amrywiaeth fwyaf o fflora yng Ngwlad yr Haf – dros 270 o rywogaethau o flodau gwyllt. Gyda thrai’r llanw, gallwch weld llong ddrylliedig yr SS Nornen, llong Norwyaidd a diriodd yma ym 1897. £ 18 TA8 2QZ www.severnestuarypartnership.org.uk/explore Photocredit:SecretSomerset
  22. 22. Burnham-On-Sea Burnham-on-Sea is a thriving seaside town with an award-winning sandy beach, ideal for a fish and chips fix and an afternoon building sandcastles. The Pier is famous for being Britain’s shortest and the classic promenade is lined with Victorian and Edwardian guest houses. If the tide permits wander along the beach up to the iconic “lighthouse on legs”, built in 1832 to guide fishing boats into the harbour. Burnham-On-Sea Mae Burnham-on-Sea yn dref glan môr fywiog â thraeth tywodlyd sydd wedi ennill gwobrau lu – delfrydol ar gyfer mwynhau ‘sgod a ‘sglods a phrynhawn yn adeiladu cestyll tywod. Y Pier yw’r un byrraf yng ngwledydd Prydain ac mae’r promenâd clasurol dan ei sang â gwestai Fictoraidd ac Edwardaidd. Os yw’r llanw’n caniatáu, ewch am dro ar hyd y traeth i’r “goleudy ar goesau” eiconig, a adeiladwyd ym 1832 i dywys pysgotwyr yn ôl i’r harbwr. £19 TA8 1BU www.severnestuarypartnership.org.uk/explore Photocredit:NigelMatthews
  23. 23. Steart Marshes One of the UK’s largest new wetland reserves, the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust’s (in partnership with the Environment Agency) Steart Marshes is a wildlife-watchers’ paradise. Wait unseen in the hides, and enjoy the sound of skylark during the spring and summer and impressive displays of wintering bird flocks being flushed by peregrine falcons. The hundreds of hectares of saltmarsh and freshwater wetlands also provide a home for a rich mix of wildlife including otters, roe deer and brown hare. For panoramic, 360° views of the marshes (not one to miss), head out to the breach point – visit at its best on a big spring tide. Corsydd Steart Mae Corsydd Steart, sydd dan reolaeth Ymddiriedolaeth Adar y Gwlyptir (mewn partneriaeth ag Asiantaeth yr Amgylchedd), yn un o warchodfeydd gwlyptir newydd mwya’r DU ac yn baradwys i wylwyr bywyd gwyllt. Defnyddiwch y cuddfannau i fwynhau cân yr ehedydd yn y gwanwyn a’r haf a heidiau trawiadol o adar gaeafu’n cael eu cwrso gan y cudyll glas. Mae’r cannoedd o hectarau o heli a gwlyptiroedd dŵr croyw hefyd yn gartref i gyfoeth o fywyd gwyllt, gan gynnwys dyfrgwn, iyrchod ac ysgyfarnogod brown. Am olygfeydd panoramig 360° o’r corsydd (peidiwch â’u methu), ewch i’r bwlch – os gallwch yn enwedig â phenllanw’r gwanwyn. 20 TA5 2PU www.severnestuarypartnership.org.uk/explore Photocredit:AdamFreeman(WWT)
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