What it's like
Wedged between Wales’s two largest conurbations: Cardiff and Swansea; and tucked away, well south of the M4 motorway; the GlamorganHeritageCoast is undoubtedly one of the principality’s best kept secrets. Even the majority of visitors to the region miss out on the highlights, choosing instead to check-in to the holiday factories of Barry Island or Porthcawl – two eminently miss-able resorts marking the east and west extremes of the region.The real gem is the Jurassic coastline – a surprisingly sublime mix of broad sandy beaches and majestic cliffs that feel a million miles from anywhere despite the close proximity of the capital and second city.
The most walkable sections are to the north and west of the southern tip: in particular west from Llantwit Major, where the coast path runs directly behind the sweeping sands of Traeth Mawr – literally GreatBeach; and between the quite stunning DunravenBay and the more earthy Ogmore, where the cliffs peter out into a kind of coastal limestone pavement. North of Porthcawl the nature of the terrain alters altogether, and the desert-like dunes of Kenfig Burrows provide both nature lover and solitude seeker with an incredible remoteness, despite the unavoidable views of the chimneys of Port Talbot.
Great surf washes onto the these beaches, particularly the western extremes of the region; and there’s some damn fine climbing to be had on the cliffs of Ogmore, although care has to be taken with the tides, which can reach 9m and beyond in places.
- Ogmore to Dunraven Bay Link the best cliff top section with a few inland footpaths and you’ve got a great circular walk, best tackled late in the day with fine views of the sunset.
- Nash Point to Traeth Mawr Out and back from the headland north, or swing inland to Monknash or Marcross for refreshments.
- Kenfig Burrows A unique nature reserve in a huge dune complex that once swallowed a whole village. Incredibly wild considering its location.
Must see and do
- Sunset from Dunraven Bay Watch the tortured rock formations turn to pink.
- A Pint in the Prince of Wales, Kenfig Built to replace the hostelry swallowed by the sands – there’s got to be a ghost story in it somewhere.
- Surf or climb at Ogmore It’s a wonderful place to enjoy either.
Destination County : Glamorgan