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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