Vale Tales

The Vale Tales Storytelling App - immerse yourself in the the stories of the Vale of Glamorgan

Have you heard the tale of the white lady of St Athan who was buried up to her neck by her husband for being unfaithful?

Or the legend about the Captain’s wife from Sully, whose dead body was kept in a box that was mistaken for treasure and stolen.

Did you know that Big Ben, was probably named after Benjamin Hall, a very tall resident of Hensol Castle. He oversaw the building of Westminster and the installation of the bell within the clock tower.

Uncover the myths and legends ingrained in the heritage of the Vale of Glamorgan with Vale Tales – the new GPS triggered storytelling app. There are sad tales, mysterious tales, romantic and historical tales, all brought to you by Iolo Morgannwg, the Welsh master of the tall tale.

Offering a unique, digital experience, you can listen to the many and varied stories of the area, narrated by local legend Iolo Morganwg, while exploring and experiencing the beauty of the Vale of Glamorgan.

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Explore the myths and legends of the Vale of Glamorgan collect stories as you follow each of the ten Vale Trails walking maps.

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Where can you find the stories?

With a GPS enabled smartphone or tablet, the app will alert you when you enter a story zone allowing you to collect and listen to one of 46 stories scattered across the 10 trails. Once you’ve found a story, it will be added to your stories archive, for you to read or listen to any time you like.

It's simple, follow the links below to download the app today, and get those walking boots ready.

Download the app:

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Getting Started

You will need:

  • A GPS enabled mobile device.
  • GPS is required to show your progress and allow you to unlock the stories.
  • A fully charged battery
  • Headphones (optional)
  • A Vale Trails map

These can be picked up at tourist information points around the Vale of Glamorgan or can be downloaded here. Alternatively contact us today to order your maps and we'll send them out so you are ready when you arrive.

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How to use the App:

  • Launch the app and choose which trail you want to follow from the Trail Finder
  • A short introduction will tell you where you will be able to find the stories along the trail.
  • Click ‘Start Trail’ and begin walking, the map will show you your progress.
  • You can put your mobile device to sleep as you walk to conserve your battery
  • When you enter a ‘story zone’ you will be notified and a book will appear on the map
  • Click on the book icon to start the story
  • Put your phone to sleep again, the story will continue to play

Once you have collected a Vale Tale, it will be stored in your Story Archive for you to read again whenever you like. 


What stories will you hear? 

Download the app following the links above and walk the Vale Trails to hear the full library of Vale Tales. In the meantime here is a taster of some of the stories that Iolo Morgannwg himself will tell you along each of the trails.

Ogmore by Sea Walk

Hear the tormented love story of Hawis, daughter of Maurice de Londres of Ogmore Castle and how her actions secured the origins of commonland at Ogmore Down. And how, if you listen carefully you may you hear the screech of the 'Gwrach y Rhibyn', the Hag of the mountain dribble on this walk.

 Coast and Lighthouse Walk

The dastardly deeds of the Wreckers of Wick and Dunraven and how the Plough & Harrow Pub in Monknash played a central role in the sad stories of shipwrecked souls.

Celtic Crosses & Coast Walk

How the desperate hope of love was determined by the throw of a stone at Tresilian Cave, not far from where the likes of Clark Gable, Charlie Chaplin and Bob Hope were frequently spotted on the cobbled streets of Llantwit Major.

Park and Seaside Walk

The notorious smuggler Thomas Knight of Barry Island, with his brutal army of up to 70 men were a far cry from gentle pilgrimages made through the ages to the Christian site of St.Barruc's burial place on the Island.

Coast and Pier

The desperately sad tale of the Sea Captain who lost his love at sea, and the site of technological brilliance as the first ever over sea radio transmission was made.

Salmon Leaps

Will you spot one of these mystical creatures who, according to legend, helped find the whereabouts of an imprisoned boy.

Haunted Field Walk

Do you dare visit the tomb where 40 bodies were once discovered?                       

Magical Forest Walk

How could a small community in the heart of the Vale have links with the world famous Big Ben? 

Iolo Morgannwg Walk

Walk in the footsteps of our host, Iolo Morganwg and visit the site of the first Gorsedd of the Bards.

Ewenny & Spring Flower Walk

Will the White Lady of Ewenny ever tell the whereabouts of treasure and free her tortured soul?


See the stories come to life before your eyes

Use your phone or tablet to discover the history of the Glamorgan Heritage Coast.

Bring history to life with our Augmented Reality Apps on Vale Trail 1. See the Frolic sail past before it reached its tragic end; explore the Iron Age Hill Fort at Dunraven, and see how Dunraven Castle looked in all its glory before its tragic demise.  


Great, now pop on your walking boots and explore!

Dont forget, let us know how you get on, and share with your friends and family using #Valetales