Ogmore to Margam Park

This has to go down as one of our best walks on the Wales Coastal Path. Right from the start everything went well with the sun shining all day. The 15.7 mile walk started after catching a bus from Bridgend down to The Watermill near Ogmore Village.

A short walk down the road and then across the Ogmore River to the church and the walk down to the dunes at Merthyr Mawr. You can see Ogmore Castle in the background of this image.
Porthcawl (1 of 15)

We walked through the dunes to the side of the river and then down to the sea at the mouth of the river, looking across towards Ogmore-by-the-Sea. Alec decided he wanted to walk the strandline …
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I took the higher line on a footpath that wound through the dunes as did the horse riders enjoying the sea, the sand and the dunes.
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A bit further on and we approached Trecco Bay and just round the headland we came across a surf life-saving training session in full swing.
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Looking back on Coney Beach from the jetty that leads to the small harbour at Porthcawl – a harbour I’d never seen before!! Then it was search for a pub time for lunch. I’m afraid I have to report that Alec failed to find a good hostelry this time. I ended up having a canned Guinness that had bubbles added to it – yes really!!
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Finally the walk took us past the Royal Porthcawl golf course to Kenfig Burrows. Again, a place I’d never been to before. What a stretch of dunes and beach – seven miles of them I believe. Alec walked on his own again beside the sea, I took the path through the dunes occasionally popping up to see where he was. Eventually we met up and walked beside the Kenfig National Nature Reserve up towards Margam Park with the excitement being provided by us taking a wrong turning and finding ourselves in the marshalling yard for the Tata Steelworks.
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A great walk which we finished off by catching the bus back to Bridgend and then another bus back to Cardiff. To finish here’s a slideshow taken of the walk

The Google Map of the Walk is shown below …

A circular walk from Ogmore-on-Sea

A shortish 7.2 mile walk with Jenny, Roger & Karen. We had our sandwiches at Southerndown by Dunraven Castle after walking the gentle cliff walk from the car park at Ogmore – taking the upper path on to the cliff top rather than doing the steeper scramble at the end of the beech/platform section.

Ogmore Castle

We then headed inland to St. Brides Major where we saw a heron fishing in the pond as well as a field of horses with their new ponies, past the rather interesting sideways facing terraced cottages and then up the hill past the 12th century church (Norman apparently :-)). Then it was onto the common where sheep poo collection for the garden compost caused some laughter, across the golf course, avoiding golf balls successfully, before resting at The Pelican in her Piety near Ogmore village, from where the picture above was taken.

and the Google Map is here.

By this time the sun was shining brightly and we enjoyed the drink – the HB was very drinkable! A short walk back to the car park beside the Ogwr with quite a few photo opportunities.

You might be able to see the walk on Everytrail …
Circular walk from Ogmore at EveryTrail

A photo slideshow from the walk can be found here.