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“Great place”

Merthyr Mawr Sand Dunes
Ranked #1 of 28 things to do in Bridgend
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed July 24, 2013

Impressive sand dunes. Follow red markers from car to beach (if that's where you're headed). It's a 15 minute walk. Small car park through the very pretty Merthyr Mawr Village. We used to have a horse riding permit from the Merthyr Mawr estate - the dunes are pretty good "fittening" for horses and runners. Metal trays make for a great slide down the dunes if you can't find a sledge in summer. Newton beach in front of the dunes has a large expanse of sand. You can walk along this beach to Black Rocks (towards Porthcawl) for some rock pool adventure. No dog restrictions on Newton Beach. There's a prom in front of the huge Trecco Bay caravan park where you can continue walking right into Porthcawl. Dogs restrictions in place on Trecco Beach, Sandy Beach and Town Beach. It's about 5 miles (I'm guessing here - dunes, Newton Beach, excellent sausage & bacon roll with coffee in Porthcawl and back takes around 4 hours including getting lost in the dunes and playing with the dog on the beach). If you want to head towards Ogmore beach there's a river to cross. Possible to wade through at low tide on the beach or stepping stones by the pretty Ogmore Castle. There is a sewerage works on the top fringe of the dunes - next to the river. You'll hear the "whirr" and smell the smell if you go to near - don't and you'll never know it's there.

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Reviewed July 4, 2013

Visited the castle first and that was quite interesting. The dunes are spectacular and the biggest in UK I believe. Only down side is paths are poorly signposted but if you want the beach just head west.
Also worth a visit is Ogmore Castle which can be reached by stepping stones over fiver when tide is out.

1  Thank Nicola R
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Reviewed June 22, 2013

You can walk from Merthyr Mawr sand dunes all the way to Ogmore beach. it is great for taking animals/ there is a ruined castle by the side of the rive ogmore with stepping stones. the scenery is idyllic

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Reviewed June 21, 2013

Sand and Hills! Never ever got to the top of the main one and cannot work out why - seems a bit of a mystery but the hills (sand dunes) are like no other I have ever come across being so high, varied and covering a massive area. Downside is that the car park can get quite full and you will get eaten to death on your ankles by various breeds of mosquito and other such devlish insects.

However, the worst aspect must be the fact that although it is a beautiful, interesting and also exciting place it is also overrun by countless dog owners bringing their dogs to have a jolly good **** (which is frankly disgusting whichever way you paint it) and because very few owners are responsible or good natured enough to pick it up and dispose of it - I never blame the dogs for doing what they do! More importantly, nearly every time I have ever gone there these owners also let their dogs roam free which is not much of an issue with the odd poodle etc. but being harrassed by great danes, german shepards and pitbulls and the like is just not acceptable. As such, I would not think it wise to bring babies and toddlers along unless they are used to it. Really not fair on people who have an aversion to such experiences. Why do some people continually spoil it for others?!? Is it too much to ask to exert responsible control and consideration to others?

Best time to visit is spring and autumn when the bugs are less active.

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Reviewed June 9, 2013

A great place to take the kids and the sledges. Be prepared to walk for about 20 minutes from the car park across the dunes and you'll find some steep slopes that are great for sledging. Car park costs £2 from memory, and there are toilets but few other facilities so take your own refreshments.

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