Cardiff to St David's
This stretch of coast is rich in industry - both past and present.
It has many beautiful and breathtaking sites, with the Gower Peninsula
being the first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the UK.
has transformed itself. A new marina has remodelled Cardiff Bay's environment.
The Bay use to be tidal, but now a £220m barge holds the water in
Neil Oliver meets up with metal sculptor Nia Wyn Jones to find out why
people are drawn to the new marina.
empty beaches were once filled with holiday makers and day trippers from
Pits and Sunday Schools would organise annual trips to the beach, with
friends and families gathering at meeting places marked by numbers on
Jane Ward shows Neil Oliver holiday snaps from when she came here as
Trecco Bay - Billy Miller
The UK's biggest caravan park is in Trecco Bay. Resident, 'Mad Dog' Billy
Miller explains the attraction.
Porthcawl - Dredging Sandbanks
sand from the sea bed is restricted to specific dredging areas. The Nash
Bank is 8 miles long and 1 mile wide. Since the 1920's a fifth of this
Bank has been consumed. Sand is a finite resource once it's gone, it's
gone for good.
Alice Roberts joins Mick Forster aboard the Arco Dart as it dredges sand
and gravel from the Nash Bank.
Swansea - Copper Capital of the World
combination of coal, copper ore and the sea, once made Cardiff the copper
capital of the world.
Mark Horton helps Eddie Daughton rediscover 4000 year old methods of
But how did this metal give a tactical advantage to Admiral Nelson at
the Battle of Trafalgar?
Jenkins explains why copper bottom ships had improved manoeuvrability
that helped Nelson's fleet in their battle with the French.
As local copper ore became exhausted, supplies were brought in from all
over the world. Swansea mariners became known as Cape Horner's for braving
the seas south of Cape Horn. But eventually the copper communities dwindled
as they immigrated to other countries for work.
Langland Bay - Seafood Delicacy
The beaches in Langland Bay are home to a seafood delicacy - Lava Bread,
made from edible seaweed. Betty Phillips cooks up a dish to help Neil
Oliver appreciate this local delicacy.
Llanrhidian Marsh - Grazing for Sheep
Rowland Pritchard, grazes his sheep on this salt marsh.
Depending upon the tide, the sea can come in quickly over the flat marsh
area, a great danger for the sheep.
Rowland believes it's worth it because the herbs that grow on the Salt
Marsh improves the taste of the meat.
Pendine Sands - The Fastest Place on Earth
7 miles long, Pendine Sands is one of the most impressive beaches in Britain.
Neil Oliver joins Simon Haslett to investigate Pendine's unique qualities.
The sand is very fine and flat. Properties which made Pendine a centre
for breaking land speed records in the 1920's. John Godfrey Parry Thomas
and Malclom Campbell competed against each other to try and beat each
Oliver meets Geraint Owen to find out about how one car, BABS, created
history in April 1926 when Parry Thomas set a land speed record of 171mph.
But Parry Thomas was killed when he lost control of his car, attempting
to improve his record.
After the accident the car was buried beneath the Sands. In 1968 the
wreckage was excavated by Owen Wyn Owen, who restored it and now occasionally
brings it back to Pendine Sands.
To many Caldey Island is a spiritual place. Monks lived here in the 6th
Century and now in the 21st Century, Natalie Roberts comes here to recharge
her batteries away from her hectic, everyday life.
spring and summer, short beaked common dolphins come to the Welsh coast
to raise their young.
Miranda Krestovnikoff joins Cliff Benson and volunteers from the Sea
Trust, who survey the number of marine mammals in this area.
Whilst out looking for dolphins they come across a sunfish bathing on
the surface of the water - one of the biggest boned fish in these waters.
Chapel Bay Fort
Bay Fort is a Victorian coastal fort built to protect Milford Haven.
George Geear bought the fort and he has been restoring it ever since.
George takes Neil Oliver on a tour of his handiwork.Neil looks at military
technology from nearly 100 years ago including a Depression Range Finder,
used to train the forts guns on enemy ships.
Milford Haven - Future Gas Port
North Sea Gas supplies running out, Milford Haven is getting ready to
become a major site for gas imports.
A fifth of the UK's gas will come in here - imported from Qatar in the
But how are they going to transport it? Nicholas Crane investigates this
massive engineering project.
Harris demonstrates why the gas is super-cooled to turn into liquid for
Nicholas Crane meets Don Rees who is getting the site ready. Five huge
storage tanks have been built to keep the gas chilled.
By 2008, 23,000 sections of pipe will have been laid to get the gas to
Listening to wildlife on the coast
For the last thirty years Tony Pearce has been coming to the coast to
listen to the wildlife. He talks about the sounds he's recorded.
is a way of getting around the shore any way you can - from scrabbling
over rocks to swimming deep gullies.
With a population of around 2,000 people, St David's is Wales's largest
cathedral set in Britain's smallest city.
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Cardiff to St David's: Sunday 24 June, 8pm on BBC TWO