For more than 20 years I have visited the Eisteddfod, to walk with Welsh colleagues. This year the Eisteddfod was in Cardiff; it was much more a part of the city than is normally the case when the maes is in a field some way away.
Because the roads would be crowded, my friend Beverley Penney and I walked from Penarth, to the west of Cardiff, across the barrage which was opened in 2001.
It was a pleasant and peaceful means of travel with lots of interest. On the barrage there is a distinctive pink hut on stilts, originally used by local yacht clubs.
We passed the artwork by Felice Varini, Three Ellipses for Three Locks. It is an anamorphosis, a distorted projection which can only be seen correctly when you stand in the right place. We almost got it right.
The view over the Bristol Channel has the islands of Steep Holm and Flat Holm looking strangely close together, despite being four kilometres apart. Brean Down in Somerset was visible on the other side of the channel.
We followed the Wales Coast Path below the barrage, with sand martins swooping overhead—a great joy to me.
This took us round to Cardiff Bay, where we joined the bustle of the Eisteddfod. We passed the memorial to Captain Scott
and arrived at the meeting point for the walk, at Mermaid Quay.