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Cosmeston Lakes Country Park

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

 

Aerial view of Cosmeston Lakes Country ParkThe country park has a variety of habitats covering over 100 hectares of land and water, some areas designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest protecting the rare and diverse plant and animal species.

 

The Country park opened to the public in 1978 and gained Local Nature Reserve status in May 2013. Today Cosmeston Lakes Country Park is a haven for local wildlife.  The gravel paths and wooden boardwalks are easily accessible to everyone and many people visit again and again.

 

The two former tip sites to the north were carefully landscaped to form meadows and open grassland.  The woodland, meadows and wetland habitats at Cosmeston Lakes are all sensitively managed.  

 

 

 

Tree lined footpath through Cogan Wood

The two flooded quarries have become the main lakes at Cosmeston. The 12 ha of open water attracts large flocks of waterfowl which include impressive numbers of mute swans, mallards and diving birds such as the great crested grebe.

 

On the western side are the Dovecot Fields which are separated by Sully Brook running through the middle.  It is here that the remains of a medieval dovecot can be seen.  

 

Situated within the country park is a reconstructed 14th century medieval village Here, costumed guides show visitors around the period furnished buildings. 

 

 

This PDF map of Cosmeston Lakes Country Park shows the layout of the park.

 

Address: Cosmeston Lakes Country Park and Medieval Village,

Lavernock Road,

Penarth,

Vale of Glamorgan

CF64 5UY