Glamorgan Heritage Coast Path
The Glamorgan Heritage Coast Path stretches for 14 miles between Aberthaw, west of Barry and Newton Point, Porthcawl. A variety of habitats, history and fantastic geology make it a great coast to walk and explore.
Llantwit Major to Monknash. Walk through the historic town down to the beach or start from the beach itself near the café. Walk westwards along the cliff- top path (or along the beach at low tide – walking along the beach will make the walk seem longer) towards Nash Point (three miles), where during the summer months, refreshments are avail- able at the kiosk (Mrs. Cooke’s Welsh cakes are a speciality!) You could go back for a circular walk or continue on to Monknash - from the cliff tops you’ll see the impressive beach platforms (four miles). At Monknash walk inland for about a mile to the Plough and Harrow real ale pub.
Merthyr Mawr to Southerndown. Start at the National Nature Reserve of Merthyr Mawr – taking in the second highest sand dune system in Europe, through the picturesque village of Merthyr Mawr and across the stepping-stones on the River Ewenny to Ogmore Castle. A gentle walk along the river leads you into Ogmore-by-Sea. As you approach Southerndown you’ll see the distinctive rock banding and the beautiful view of Dunraven Bay (five miles).
Southerndown is also the base for the Glamorgan Heritage Coast, including an information centre.