Seeing in the New Year

I like to start the New Year by dusting off the cobwebs with a pleasant walk in the country, or by the coast. This year was no exception, but we did hold off a couple of days, waiting for that cold crisp air with a clear blue sky that can make winter walking such a delight.

When we arrived at Ogmore–by–Sea, the tide was in, so not much of the beach was showing. I persuaded my daughter F that playing in the sand would be much more fun after we’d done our walk. There would be far more of it, for a start.

We headed off along the coastal path, with F tempted to clamber across rocks to various little coves as we went. “Later” I said. Reluctantly she agreed. We reached Southerndown cliffs and much to my surprise, the regular path to the top resembled a bit of a mud bath. I then remembered that it had been raining for a few days. We took a bit of a detour and found our way to the clifftop. This part of the Glamorgan Heritage Coast is a pleasure to walk. Views extend along the cliffs towards Nash Point, back to the Gower Peninsula, and across the Bristol Channel to the hills of Exmoor National Park. Dunkery Beacon was clear on the horizon. The walk would be even more of a pleasure if the local sheep had better bowel control. It was quite a task avoiding their droppings. southerndown-new-year

As we approached Dunraven Bay, we turned inland and arrived at the Three Golden Cups in time for lunch. Large helpings of ham, egg and chips with salad went down a treat. We almost forgot we had to walk afterwards. Once we started with heavier stomachs, lunch didn’t seem like quite such a good idea after all. “How much further is it?” was followed by “are we nearly there yet” from F at regular intervals. The views were still stunning though!

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We arrived back at Ogmore in time for a play on the now much larger beach at low tide. Afterwards, we watched the sun setting over the sea.

Welcome to 2017!

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Factfile:

Location

Ogmore-by-Sea is on the South Wales coast of the UK. The Glamorgan Heritage Coast runs from Ogmore to St Athan.

Transport

The nearest railway station is Bridgend (5 miles) and the nearest airport is Cardiff (16 miles). Buses run from Bridgend and there is a large car park at Ogmore Beach.

Food

The Three Golden Cups is in Southerndown on the B4524 coast road.

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