Bridgend offers such a diverse selection of activities. We’re lucky enough to be by the coast whilst being set in extensive welsh countryside, and just a stone’s throw away from the cities of Swansea and Cardiff, that both offer extensive activities and transport links.
With the Summer here, we wanted to take this opportunity to share our top 5 local walking spots, as recommended by some of our social media followers. Take your pick and enjoy the outdoors this summer!
If you love to combine wildlife spotting with your walking expedition, then Kenfig Dunes could be the place for you. Set in one of Wales’ top sand dune reserves, Kenfig Dunes is a beautiful place for a long and fairly strenuous walk, all leading to the coast with beautiful views across to Swansea Bay and The Gower.
Be prepared to spot many varying birds, insects and plants along the way. You can even snatch a glimpse of the Steel Works at Port Talbot if a more industrial outlook takes your fancy!
Find directions here.
Merthyr Mawr sand dunes, cover 840 acres! That’s big. You will find the largest sand dune in Wales, more commonly known locally as ‘The Big Dipper’. There are a variety of beautiful walks you can take, ending up in varying parts of the dunes or the beach.
Also, if you want to take a walk out with your horse, this is a great spot. Horse boxes can park in the Candleston car park. This is a pay and display car park.
Check out some of the walking trails here.
The Stepping Stones at Ogmore
A favourite with the children in particular, the ‘Stepping Stones’ at Ogmore By Sea are a must see this summer. Linking Merthyr Mawr with Ogmore beach, get your wellies on, or go barefoot, and step across the stepping stones and carry on towards Ogmore’s amazing beach.
Find out more here.
With over 100 acres of parkland to enjoy, Bryngarw is beautiful. Take the whole family along and walk through the wild woodlands, before taking some time to explore the formal gardens and exotic trees. Plus, there is also a car park with disabled spaces, a visitor’s centre and a great café with toilets, and the kids will love the play area.
Find out all you need to about your visit on their website here.
Newbridge Fields, Bridgend
If you have a dog and you don’t want to venture too far from Bridgend Town Centre, Newbridge fields could be a great place for a walk. Walk along the riverbank and keep an eye out for local sports teams playing during the weekend. It’s a great place with a fantastic local atmosphere. Find your way here.
Best of all, these Bridgend walks are free, you can take them at your own pace, improve your fitness and spent time with those you care about. Why not try one of these walks this weekend? If you’re more of a runner, find a Bridgend running club here.