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
The country park has a variety of habitats
covering over 100 hectares of land and water, with some areas
designated a S.S.S.I (Site of Special Scientific Interest)
protecting the rare and diverse plant and animal species.
The park opened to the public in 1978 and
today Cosmeston Lakes Country Park is a haven for local
wildlife. Its flat, even paths are easily accessible to
everyone and many people visit again and again.
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.
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
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.
Map of Cosmeston - This PDF map shows the
layout of Cosmeston
Lakes Country Park.
Address: Cosmeston Lakes Country Park and
Medieval Village, Lavernock Road, Penarth,Vale of Glamorgan
CF64 5UY / Tel: 029 2070 1678