Strong winds and wet weather persist this weekend so I opt for a short ride around the rural Vale. I start from my front door in St Athan and head for the back lanes leading to the rural village of Llancarfan.
Ford at Llancarfan
For the first 13 miles it's mostly up hill, climbing to the highest point of 429ft. On the plus side it has some great views over the rural Vale countryside. From Llancarfan I head for Dyffryn and my first stop of the trip...
St Lythans Burial Chamber
St Lythans burial chamber is set imposingly on higher ground a short walk from the road. It is all that remains of a once larger Neolithic burial monument dating back some 5,000-6,000 years. Legend says the wedge shaped cap stone spins three times each Midsummers eve, which fits in with the Welsh name for the chamber 'Maes-y-Felin', which translates to Mill of the Meadow. On the same night the stones are said to go bathing in the river.
The Quary, Tinkinswood
It's a slightly longer walk to the burial chamber, on the way passing what is known as The Quary, where the stones for the chamber were originally thought to have originated.
Tinkinswood burial chamber
The tomb at Tinkinswood is capped with an enormous 40 tonne limestone capstone, thought to be the largest in Britain. The covering mound is more prominent than St Lythans and has been well excavated. Some 920 humans bones were found within the chamber.
St Quintins Castle
From Tinkinswood I took the main carriageway through Cowbrigde (what was once a roman road) and onto Llanblethian to visit my last stop of the trip at St Quintins Castle. This rather large fortification is hidden away on top of a natural steep embankment at the back of Llanblethian village. The stone keep which stands on an earlier timber fortification was built in the late 12th century.