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 …