The Bendricks

Dragon-150The Bendricks is a stretch of coastline in south Wales located along the northern coast of the Bristol Channel less than 7 miles (11 kilometers) SSW of Cardiff, the capital of Wales. It lies at the foreshore of the industrial port of Barry between the eastern breakwater of the Barry docks entrance on its western edge to Hayes Point on its eastern edge. Latitude 51°23′47.14″N, 03°14′42.40″W.

A promontory of Carboniferous Limestone rock known as Bendrick Rock juts out from the mainland which is completely submerged at the highest spring tide although durning a normal tidal period the top of the rock is still visible at high tide. The geology of the Bendricks consists primarily of Keuper Marls and conglomerate formed primarily by deposition of silt at the shoreline of a shallow muddy sea during the Early Triassic and Late Triassic periods.

The Bendricks is famous for the discovery of dinosaur footprints some of which have been removed to the National Museum and Galleries of Wales in Cardiff. See ‘Where dinosaurs walked’ a schools service paper by the National Museum of Wales and A.J.Thomas ‘Triassic rocks of the Bendricks’. NMW MSS paper No. 1750. BBC Wales featured these footprints and the geology of the Bendricks in its TV series about The Natural History of Wales.

The man made estuary of the Cadoxton River now enters the Bristol Channel at this point having been redirected during the construction of Barry Docks by the Barry railway Company which began in 1884. Inland of the Bendricks are H.M.C.Cambria and the former Sully Hospital

The Bendricks can be accessed via a path which follows the outside of the security fence round HMS Cambria at Hayes Point, Sully or by following the coastal path in an easterly direction from the public slipway at the Vale of Glamorgan recycling centre at Hayes Road, Sully.