Ogmore to Southerndown Walk

The coastal path from Ogmore to Southerndown is well worth a visit especially when the weather is nice. Park your car at either Southerndown or Ogmore and stroll along the high cliff-top path enjoying the fantastic Bristol Channel views. Both locations have good car-parking though there is a small charge (about £3).

View of Southerndown from Ogmore

View of Southerndown from Ogmore

The coastal path here is along the top of the limestone cliffs. The cliffs are about 40m (130ft) high above the rocky beach. The path is a little way from the edge of the cliff which is a good thing as there isn’t any protection from the sheer drop into the sea below. It’s advised to keep children and dogs well under control!

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Tufa cliffs at Cwm Nash Beach

Tufa Cliff at Cwm Nash

Tufa Cliff at Cwm Nash

We went down Cwm Nash last weekend.

This photo is at the end of the Cwm (valley) looking back inland. It’s quite interesting because all of the rock either side here (out of view) is grey liassic limestone that weathers to a light buff colour. But all of the buff coloured cliff face here is post glacial tufa. Tufa is a calcareous deposit. All of the cliff that you can see here is lime that has precipitated from the valley stream since the last ice age – only about 12,000 years ago. So the cliff has slowly built up from the stream. The stream is currently quite small and now comes out of the bridge structure over to the right. read more

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Some things to do in the Gower (beaches)

The Gower is one of South Wales’ big tourist attractions. It’s a peninsular just west of Swansea and was the first area in the United Kingdom to be designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  It’s a real mix of rugged coastline, glorious beaches, great views and castles.

I was lucky enough to fly around the Gower last summer so some of the photos in this post will give you a great view of some of the great beaches.

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View of Mumbles village and Swansea Bay

Review – Patricks with Rooms, Mumbles

Last week we stayed in the excellent Patricks With Rooms in Mumbles.  Mumbles is one of our favourite seaside destinations in South Wales.

Patricks is an excellent hotel with a great restaurant. It’s located right on the main promenade only yards from the sea. The hotel has 16 individual bedrooms, the renowned restaurant and a relaxing bar area.  There’s also a small gym and weights room for residents. read more

Trials bikes at Ogmore by Sea

Trials bikes on the rocks at Ogmore by SeaA couple of weeks ago we walked from Ogmore by Sea to Southerndown.  It’s a great walk along the coastal path with great views across the Bristol Channel.

As we passed one of the bays I spotted these Trials bikes practising on the limestone slabs.  Click on the photo for a better view.

It looked like a lot of fun and the guys were pretty skilled. Pretty impressive 🙂

Update 26th January 2010: it seems one of the riders was Dave Kerr – both guys are top of their sport in the UK

Mumbles and Mumbles Pier

Mumbles Pier

Mumbles Pier

We’ve recently had a few days in Mumbles staying at the excellent Patrick’s With Rooms hotel.  Mumbles is a great place to visit – it’s right on the seafront with fantastic views right round Swansea Bay.  You can promenade around the Bay for several miles if you wish.

Mumbles Village is great for just spending a few hours – it has lots of little shops, quite a few pubs and great cafés and restaurants.  There’s a good children’s playground and crazy golf (just opposite Patrick’s) and the kids will love the beach at Bracelet Bay and rock-pools when the tide is out.  Note: when the tide is in there’s no beach at all and be warned – the tide comes in quickly here. Check the tides here before you visit. read more

Rest Bay, Porthcawl

Rest Bay PorthcawlWe went to Rest Bay in Porthcawl yesterday. It’s a great beach with lots of clear sand when the tide is out. There’s also a large new carpark nearby so access is easy by car.

It’s only a 10 or 15 minute walk from the centre of Porthcawl so well worth a visit if you are looking for a slightly quieter beach.

Click here for a map.

Langland Bay Surfing – Watch out!

Langland Bay Surfing - Scared surferI took this picture down in Langland Bay last summer.  It’s a favourite spot for surfers in the Gower and the wind was really strong on this day so the surf was up.

I got some good action shots using a long lens.

This guy was quite a way out and I took the picture hand-held so it’s a bit unsharp but the you can see the fear on the guy’s face!  Much better than I can do though!

Click on the photo for a better view.

Pennard Castle and Three Cliffs Bay, Gower

View across Three Cliffs Bay, GowerOver the Christmas holiday period we had a trip to Pennard on the Gower.  We walked across the Pennard Golf Course to the ruins of Pennard Castle. The ruins date from the 13th century.

If you fancy the walk to the castle then park in Linkside Drive (marked on this map). Park near the village shop.

As you walk across the golf course and the sand dunes then you get a great view across to the headland at Oxwich.

As you walk a bit further then you come to the castle itself. It’s an impressive ruin and is doing well for itself considering that it’s over 700 years old! read more

Llantwit Major Sunset

We had a quick run down to Llantwit Major beach last night.  It was probably one of the best evenings that we have had for quite a while, and the evening light was amazing.

The beach was quite quiet which was surprising considering that it was the start of the holiday weekend.  There were a 3 or 4 camper vans parked up in the valley leading to the beach, and just a few cars and that was it.

Llantwit Major Beach

View east along the cliffs at Llantwit MajorWe went for a little trip along the South Wales coast today from Nash Point to Llantwit Major. When we got to Llantwit it was getting quieter but the cafe was busy because of the high tide. At high tide the beach is totally covered apart from some of the pebbles at the top. read more