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A local view

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As the weather is so miserable, I thought I'd remember a brighter day from earlier in the year.
Cardiff is a lovely city; as well as a being a great shopping centre, if that's your thing, (it's not mine) its close to the Brecon Beacons and also the sea, with the wonderful Glamorganshire Heritage Coastline just a short drive away. Finding a good view over Cardiff is not that easy, but just on the outskirts of Cardiff, above the village of Pentyrch, is the Garth Mountain (although at 307m, to call it a mountain is pushing it a bit). It has been rumoured to be the inspiration for the Hugh Grant film The Englishman who went up a Hill and came down a Mountain, but that is a fictional story and the film was not filmed there, so don't get too excited. Of far more interest to me is the abundant birdlife and the views, which although not spectacular, are worth the short climb.
It is an easy walk within a short drive of the city centre which, on a clear day (remember them?) offers views as far as the Bristol Channel and beyond. You can just make out Steepholm and Flatholm Islands in the distance of this image, which was taken shortly after sunrise back in May. This view follows the A470 through Taffs Well and down to the city cenre.