Cardiff Bay Barrage
Cardiff Bay Barrage
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This dam transformed Cardiff's landscape from unsightly, marshy mudflats to dry, fertile land surrounding a pretty lake.
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iamface
Cardiff, UK1,672 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
a bit busy at sunny friday. many ship come and go out so that the bridge open and close many time. anyway. good for stay here and visit end of road that has lovely small house.
Written 9 July 2023
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Gypsybling
Cardiff, UK42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
Love the barrage walk whatever the weather. Kids love to see the barrage in action letting the boats through. Plenty of rest stops and toilets. Plenty of ice cream vans. A cracking little sandy play park halfway. Plenty of parking. Cool little features like the roald Dahl sculptures and the coal statues. Not all that far to walk the whole way round to the bay attractions
Written 29 June 2023
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HenryDrummer
Cardiff, UK53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
Although a Cardiff local, this was the first time I've actually walked across the barrage to Penarth.

It was very enjoyable indeed: beautiful sunshine, a cool breeze and the sea/bay views made my leisurely stroll across this marvel of civil engineering a real - and free! - pleasure.

It's also very popular with cyclists, who can ride on the car-free road at no risk to the pedestrians.

My target destination was the sea-food restaurant on the Penarth side of the barrage, much appreciated as the sea air, as we know, never fails to work up an appetite.
Written 9 June 2023
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Ian G
Dundee, UK36 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Had a couple of hours to kill between business meetings, so checked out this barrage area. A n interesting walk was had, made a nice change
Written 6 November 2022
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tinkle_24
Northampton, UK1,771 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
although we found that the idea of the barrage creating a freshwater area did not mean it was a drinking reservoir. More for water sports. Lovely walk to the barrage.
Written 30 September 2022
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doreen R
Kent, UK318 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
We took the boat from the bay to the Barrage single trip then walked back took about 45 mins good walk
Written 1 September 2022
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erinest m
Switzerland11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
Sailing out through the barrage is always an easy experience. Professional staff maintain the operation in a friendly manner. Always willing to help if they can.
Each lock is very deep, and the pump out is smooth. Once the outer gate opens it is an easy bit of navigation out to the buoyed channel.
Returning through the barrage is equally easy, however it is important to ensure that you have good moorings, especially if near the inbound gate. The water does become quite rough.
Written 25 August 2022
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SimeyWimey
Whitstable, UK768 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
Nice walk over the locks and barrage into the bay. A nifty piece of engineering to be admired and a good walk over to the bay area. I'm not a fan of cardiff bay, but the walk is good, only spoiled by lycra clad cyclists who rate themselves as a priority over pedestrians and refuse to slow up when appeoaching, thinking they're in the olympics. These lumps don't sound a bell and show no care for the families with small children on scooters or little bikes. Other than these oafs, its a good place for families, with a park, enormous crocodile and water park too. Forget parking in cardiff, park penarth side. More space and easier. You can fish for free too. Lack of toilets though from what i could see.
Written 11 August 2022
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PrestonGuild
United Kingdom55,344 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
We previously took a water taxi ride to look at the reclaimed land that formed the Cardiff Bay barrage.

This time we walked around the area. It is stunning to see how this area has been transformed but it is better to explore it by boat.
Written 3 May 2022
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Esther Balo
London, UK56 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
It's the perfect walking trail from Cardiff Bay. There are places to stop and sit on the trail. Great views of the ocean and a lovely Roald Dahl bench.
Written 20 April 2022
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