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  • Ogmore Walk
    and head towards the main road aiming for a black and white chevron sign on a corner of the road Looking up the valley with the Marie Flanders well in the foreground Cross the main road here and ignoring the narrow road to the right signposted Norton and Heol y Mynydd head up a valley following the blue bridleway sign past a heavy black and yellow metal barrier Stay in the valley bottom which climbs gradually ignoring a smaller valley which branches off to the right just beyond the edge of the trees on the right Pass a ruined building on the top of the ridge to the right and then a well Pant Marie Flanders on the path 25 mins At the top of the valley the ground flattens and you will see houses ahead Aim for the road junction 35 mins Keep straight ahead down the road opposite signposted to Southerndown and just past Groes Farm on the left you come to a road junction 43 mins Go ahead on to a path following the blue bridleway sign opposite and pass a barn on your left with a sign W H Smith of Whitchurch on it After about 75 yards the path forks to the left Go through a metal gate and follow the path down to a road by a cattle grid 53 mins Turn left along the road for about 20 yards then right over a stile Cross the field aiming for a stone stile about two thirds of the way along the wall on your left Then aim for a waymark post at the right hand end of a ruined wall with the houses beyond You will see a bungalow with a wooden fence in front and telegraph pole to the right aim for the right hand edge of this fence and through the gap to a kissing gate Turn left a short way to the main road At the main road turn left and then at the road junction turn right passing The Three Golden Cups public house on your left 60 mins Left above Dunraven showing the route back to Ogmore Right looking down on Dunraven gardens Just before the road bends to the left take the stone stile on your right by a lamp post Keep to the edge of the field and cross two further stiles the first 4 metal bars the second stone with steps the other side and a large house on the right Take the right hand edge of the field that drops steadily with trees on your right At the bottom of the field go through a wooden gate and turn left along a path Through a kissing gate then right on to a tarmac road past buildings on your left a thatched cottage on your right and down to the Dunraven Bay car park 75 mins To visit the ruins of Dunraven House turn left where there is a sheltered walled garden but return to the

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  • Cosmeston
    white metal gate a subsequent green gate bringing you onto a road 45 mins 2 51 miles ST 16140 70345 Head right along the road which eventually descends to meet another road head left along this for 200 yards to meet a busy main road Head left along this main road with care for 100 yards then cross the road and head right by a waymark post ST 15423 70522 to follow a footpath which crosses a stream and then heads left alongside a playing field with a stream to your left Cross a tarmac entrance to the playing fields keeping ahead along the footpath which rejoins the playing field Cross a series of stiles and a concrete farm track keeping in the same direction the main road a little to your left Just after walking under an electricity line head towards a stile by a black metal bridge and cross this to meet a road Head right along the road with care Just before a bridge over a stream head left to drop down and then cross a stile to enter a field heading diagonal right with the stream on your right After crossing a short wooden bridge look to the left for a stile in a hedgerow After this head diagonally across the field aiming for the right hand end of the houses ahead of you where there is a stile ST 14948 68887 Cross the stile and wooden footbridge now heading left across the field aiming for a stile this side of a farm barn Cross a clapper bridge to reach the stile now heading to the right of the farm buildings to reach a stile by a road 1 hr 37 minutes 4 97 miles Rocky foreshore with Sully Island in the distance causeway under water Head right along the road into Sully then right again on meeting another road to pass the Sully Inn Just before reaching a main road curve left to pass in front of Sully s Parish Church of St John the Baptist On meeting the main road head left 40 yards beyond a wooden bus stop cross the road to take the footpath opposite via a kissing gate The path brings you to the beach Now head left along the top of the beach passing a playing field more housing and then a second playing field Sully Island soon appears in front of you and Flat Holm to the left of it with white lighthouse Other bumps in the Bristol Channel are Steep Holm beyond Sully Island and to the left Brean Down in Somerset As you approach a caravan park head left along the end of the field past some conifers at the end of which is a wooden kissing gate which brings you onto a road Head right to reach the Captains Wife pub and restaurant 2 hrs 7 mins 6 6 miles ST 16735 67467 Carry on through the car park to pass through a gap in the

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  • Kenfig Walk
    your back to the motorway the route now takes us to the sea you can sometimes hear the breakers in the distance There are a number of paths to get to the sea but the basic rule is to have the Kenfig River and its trees on your right and never too far away From the castle retrace your steps about 20 yards and take the path to the right After about 20 minutes walking you should see a short but distinctive fir tree close to the main path A few hundred yards beyond you come to a bend in the Kenfig River with extensive reed beds ahead Beyond this flatter area you will see a tall dune system which is what we are heading for but a direct crossing is prevented most of the year by the wet and boggy land The lonesome pine To avoid this when you meet the river go to the left and slightly ascend a sand dune SS 78518 83103 2 47 miles curving further left and after 20 yards drop down to the flatter area Keep going parallel to the distant dune system for about 50 yards and then turn right to aim for the dunes again There is no precise path here just pick a point which seems drier and it tends to be drier the further away you are from the Kenfig River After a few hundred yards you should see a small fenced off area SS 78339 82759 From here head to the right keeping the dunes on your left and the rushes reeds and pools on your right The route brings you into low dunes and then merges with a wide grass track coming from the left 55 mins Keep along this this track you will see tall industrial buildings and chimneys in the distance Where the green road meets the Kenfig River curve to your left along the edge of the river until it emerges on to a beach You may need to climb into the dunes alongside the river as the flatter lower route may be under water Once on the beach in the distance to the right you can see Swansea and Gower SS 77918 83523 3 68 miles 1 hr 15 mins The wreck of the Altmark Our route take us to the left back along the beach This area was used for games of Bando in the last century You can take any route along the beach just keep going until you meet the unavoidable barrier of Sker Rocks which will take about 45 minutes steady walking After about 12 minutes you pass the wreck of the Altmark When you get closer to Sker Rocks aim for the point where the rocks ahead meet the dunes to your left you will see a prominent rectangular sign above the skyline SS 78983 80130 5 98 miles 2 hrs The path passes a pond Sker House in the distance From this sign take the path which

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  • Porthcawl Walks
    top you can look across to Ogmore opposite From the top of this sandy area take the right hand path of the two ahead and as the path descends keep to the left hand side of the clump of trees From the crest of any high dune you should be able to see the Coastguard centre at Ogmore on the coast You need to aim to the right of this heading along a bit of a valley with the highest ground on your right The general direction is South West If you head towards the South you will come to the Ogmore River no problem just turn right and follow the river to the beach Either way you should eventually come out on to the beach SS 85903 76261 4 25 miles 1hr 30 mins Left looking across to Ogmore Coastguard centre top left Right on the beach looking back to Ogmore Turn right and head along the beach Just before you get to the houses you cross some large slabs of concrete and just before you get to the huge rectangular boulders head to the right off the beach towards two large green portacabins SS 83935 77024 5 74 miles which are close to an area used for car parking Go diagonally right across the car park to meet the road and then turn right along the road After a few minutes walking you will see the Village green where we started At the beginning of the green on the right is Sandford s Well 6 18 miles 2 hrs 10 mins Long Walk With your back to the Ancient Briton pub go to the left and then head up the road Clevis Hill Head up and then downhill until you get to a main road Turn right along the road past a Bus Stop and head towards a roundabout sign We need to go straight across at the roundabout so keep to the right side of the road as you approach and cross when safe to do so Once across the road turn left to pick up the country lane Tyn y caeau Lane off the roundabout After about 15 minutes walking this lane comes to a T junction with a stone stile straight opposite Cross the stile and go ahead across the field aiming for the left hand corner where the hedge and wall ahead meet the line of trees on the left SS 82664 78526 Cross the stone stile with two metal bars and head along the right hand edge of the field 20 mins Go through a metal kissing gate and 50 yards further on the path curves to the right through a gap in the hedge crossing another stone stile with metal bars Follow the right hand edge of the field When you are about 40 yards from the hedge on the field boundary ahead of you and the hedge you were following curves to the right go straight ahead to find an inconspicuous

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  • Monknash Walk
    of some recent mounds until you get nearly level with the first house with a wooden fence ahead Look to your left where there is a stile on the edge of the trees Cross the stream and then the stile Turn right and head along the right hand edge of the field You pass Marcross Church to your right Go through a metal gate alongside a broken down stile Keep alongside the field edge passing a cream coloured house Cross a wooden stile and then another in the top right hand corner of the field now going along the left hand edge of the field Cross a stone stile by a road 26 mins See variation below Turn right along the road into Marcross village past a junction to the right by the Horseshoe Inn and then take the road to the left of a letter box Head along this country lane noting in the field on the left some humps and bumps which mark the remains of a deserted village Just beyond this Lan Farm the cream coloured building dates from around 1780 Eventually pass a white house The Larks and two hundred yards beyond this look for an unmarked and far from obvious gap in the fence to your left Head across the field with the hedge on your right 50 mins Cross a stone stile the field boundary now on your left Cross another stone stile the village of Wick is now visible in the distance with the distinctive tower shaped base of its windmill Head towards a metal gate to the left of a stone wall with farm buildings on your left Cross the stone stile by the gate and then head left down the road You come to a junction just past a Broughton signpost 1 hr 7 mins The guardians of Monknash Grange Head down the road to the left signposted Monknash eventually reaching a T junction Ahead is an ivy covered building The Forge Monknash Our route is ahead but if you go left down this road for a short way and then right you come to the Plough and Harrow pub Take the stone stile by the Forge following the footpath sign Blaen y Cwm A short way beyond the Forge is a stone stile which brings you into the ruins of Monknash Grange Keep ahead passing to the right of the ruins although you might wish to detour to the left to look at the ivy covered and circular dove cot or columbarium Cross a stone stile and then across the next field to another stone stile which brings you to a track Turn right to ford the stream and then left across the field to a wooden stile The path rises and then drops to a stone stile Cross another stone stile and then head across the field aiming for a line of trees ahead You cross a wooden stile 1hr 30 mins Left the dove cot or columbarium in

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  • Porthkerry Walk
    The Parade and then right into Parade Gardens but going ahead parallel with the road At the bottom aim for left hand edge of the blue railings to exit the Gardens Cross the road and head uphill following the road alongside Giuliano s restaurant Just before the railway bridge cross the road so you are continuing on pavement At the road junction cross the road carefully heading up St Nicholas Road with St Nicholas Church on your left and then St Nicholas Church Hall on right Just before the Threshers Wine shop the building is Barry s oldest shop 1860 turn left Old Village Road On the right you pass a cottage and some terraced houses all that remains of the old village of Barry this area inhabited since the 12 th Century Keep ahead ignoring road to the left until you get to a complex road junction where you keep in the same direction aiming for some prominent ruins along Park Road The ruins are Barry Castle 1 hr 5 mins Beyond the castle where the road curves to the right keep straight ahead down Porth Y Castell road After 40 yards turn right up Westwood Rise Go along this road until you meet footpaths crossing the road This is just after a house number 82 with blue metal gates Take the footpath to the right through the hedge down some concrete steps and take the path to the left After 80 yards the path branches take the right hand path gently descending through the trees At the bottom the path curves to the left To your left the woodland is called Cliffwood You pass the ruins of Cliffwood Cottage on your right On emerging into Porthkerry Park you can either turn left which takes you back to the car park or continue the walk by heading diagonally right to the right of the white cottage and aim for the road tunnel Go under the bridge and immediately turn left following the yellow waymark Circular Walk alongside a metal gate up an often muddy path The railway line is to your left The path goes up some wooden steps and then after a wooden stile emerges on to a field Go diagonally left across the field aiming for a house in the corner of the field where there is a wooden stile 1 hr 35 mins 10 yards ahead is another wooden stile Keep down left hand edge of field At the end of the field follow the edge as it curves to the right Just by a metal gate on your left cross the stile and hug the right hand edge of the field to the next stile a short distance ahead which you cross Now descend down the left hand edge of the field At the bottom of the field can be muddy you will see a ruined building just to the right covered in ivy Follow the direction of the waymark sign heading slightly right as

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  • Wenvoe Walk
    next paragraph Walk into the car park ST 15746 72798 0 9 miles and take the stony path straight ahead which ascends this is Pen y Turnpike wood The path ascends descends and then ascends again more steeply You come to a junction of paths turning left here brings you in 30 yards to an open area where new trees have been planted but our route goes right down the path which descends steeply towards some wooden fence posts NOTE Pen y Turnpike wood can be muddy after rain To avoid this turn right off the road some 30 yards after the drive to the last house in Michaelston which is to your left through a wooden stile alongside large wooden gates marked Woodland Trust This is about 150 yards before the car park referred to above Head into the open field area and walk alongside the newly planted trees on your left A gap in these trees on your left marks where the original route rejoins your path now head downhill towards some mature oak trees to cross the wooden bridge see below Cross the track by the fence posts and descend a few steps to enter a more open area of field with newly planted trees Follow the line of young trees on your left as they curve to the left pass through a few isolated oak trees and 100 yards beyond cross the wooden bridge on your right ST 15266 72429 1 4 miles and turn left along a track towards a metal gate in the distance Pass through the gap by this gate heading slightly left towards the next gate which is wooden Pass this one and head along the right hand edge of the field with woods on your right Cross a wooden stile and take the clear path to the right following a waymark sign ST 15166 71948 1 83 miles 35 mins The track ascends passing between houses then starts to descend Keep on the track as it curves to the right to pass a wooden kissing gate by a metal gate The track passes through a plantation of beech trees Another wooden stile brings you into a Woodland Trust area Cwm George woods and you pass through a wooded valley Eventually the view opens up to the right keep on the track to reach a wooden kissing gate by a wooden gate which you pass through Go through a second kissing gate 50 yards beyond and keep ahead following the waymark direction now with fields on either side Pass a wooden stile on the left of the track Eventually the track descends to cross a stream Take the stile by a metal gate to reach the road and turn left up the road to reach a metal kissing gate on left just past the white thatched house 3 06 miles 58 mins This was where the diversion started resume the short walk by going through the kissing gate to the Salmon Leaps OS map of short walk for viewing OS map of short walk for printing Long Walk Route checked 19 7 04 With your back to the Village Hall head down the road towards the tall Chestnut trees with the school on your right As soon as you reach the trees turn left into the park which you cross aiming for a road with houses either side Grange Avenue Go up Grange Avenue to a T junction Cross the road then take the narrow lane heading uphill which is Pound Lane Head up Pound Lane ignoring a stony Bridleway to the right we return down this at the end of the walk The road descends and then ends by a house Aim for a green metal gate to the right of the house at which point you will see a path off to the left going behind the house Take this path which after passing the house goes into the trees Ignore tracks either side keeping ahead This is known as Nina s path after the Rambler who helped to win access here through the courts At the edge of the wood you come to a metal gate and stile which you cross and then go left along the rough track 13 mins After the house the path goes into the trees After a little under 10 minutes walking along this track includes one muddy stretch you pass farm buildings and housing on your left to reach a metal kissing gate on your right on the edge of a golf course ST 11772 71951 Head down the right hand edge of the fairway with the hedge on your right You pass one waymark sign and then another pointing diagonally right which takes you towards some trees and through quite tall bracken The path curves to the left with a wire fence on your right to reach a wooden stile Cross this and go left to a rough track 30 mins Go right up this track for 40 yards past a metal gate on your left and then turn left into the field by a stile Head down the left hand edge of this field descending then ascending until you reach a metal gate with wooden stile on left Cross the stile and continue along the left hand edge of the next field with electricity pylons prominent to your right On the brow of the hill take the stile to the left of a metal gate and keep ahead towards a house On clear days there are good views to the left across to the West Country and in a depression to the left are two limekilns visible at the base of the tallest tree Cross two wooden stiles and aim for a stile to the right of a metal gate which is to the right of a red brick wall ahead Go over this and aim for another metal gate by a white garage Head down the drive passing the house

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  • Blaenrhondda
    Cross a concrete bridge then head right passing to the left of a small pond up to the waterfall In late Summer you will find the Monkeyflower growing on rocks in the stream and on the right hand bank is an exposed coal seam Grey wagtails and Dippers are not uncommon 37 minutes 1 42 miles Left Nant Melyn waterfall beyond the pool Right wild country with glacial boulders Retrace your steps past the pool If you want to visit the other waterfall visible on your left this stream is the Nant Carnfoesen it is accessible but there is no path just keep to the right of the stream Recross the iron pipes stream and 5 yards beyond it turn left to pick up a path continuing up the valley passing iron railings on left Stone steps appear periodically but beware of holes underfoot The valley narrows and the path curves right to reach a waymark post Turn right here the path zig zagging up stone steps to reach another large post Now turn left uphill heading for a narrower wooden post just beyond this going through a metal kissing gate by a stone marker Keep ahead between the two electricity pylons aiming for the kissing gate from the start of the walk and return to the car park 55 mins 2 03 miles The Monkeyflower Mimulus Guttatus Map of short walk Blaenrhondda Circuit A 6 mile circuit starting at the head of the valley dropping steadily down to Blaenrhondda then returning on the other side of the valley overlapping partly with the Waterfalls Walk above Moderate going but quite a bit of up and down in the second half of the walk Start point and map same as Waterfall Walk View from the Penpych waterfall From the car park cross the road to a metal kissing gate go through and head left along a grassy track with waymark posts on your right This track was once the main route between the parish of Ystradyfodwg and the Rhigos To your right you will see a waterfall passed later in the walk After 100 yards you pass through circles of stones either side of the path the hut circles of Hen Dre r Mynydd with Blaenrhondda beginning to appear in the valley bottom ahead You can see the track contouring the hillside ahead and gradually converging on the road to the left After about 22 mins 1 13 miles the path nearly meets the road but then curves away more steeply downhill to the right Take the right hand fork when the path splits aiming for some large boulders alongside a track ahead Join this wide track and head right downhill The track curves right and after 100 yards where the track curves left take the first left along a tarmac track past a waymark with a red arrow and the number 2 The track ascends then starts to descend crossing a stream through a culvert Just past a second stream

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