THE LOCAL AREA AND ACTIVITIES
St Bridgets Farmhouse is perfectly situated to enjoy outdoor activities
The house is situated within the Glamorgan Heritage Coast which stretches for 14 miles, from Aberthaw to Porthcawl with plunging cliffs, secluded coves and breathtaking views it is a must for walkers, cyclists or anyone with the love of the countryside.
Dramatic blue liars cliffs create stunning seascapes to rival any coastline in Britain, and combined with wooded valleys, spectacular wildlife and 2000 years of human habitation, this coastline is truly unique. However, by far the best way to explore this remote and beautiful coastline is on foot.
We especially recommend a set of walking routes that were produced by the Vale of Glamorgan Council called Vale Trails. These detailed leaflets make up a set of ten that each link up, so that you can walk the whole length of the Vale of Glamorgan coastline, including a number of inland walks as well.
The whole coastline links up a number of delightful towns and small villages via miles of country lanes. Fortunately for us, the 303 bus takes a coastal route from Ogmore by Sea to historical Llantwit Major and you are able to hop on and off the bus at various points (and old pubs) along the route. Although there are many routes that you could follow, it is quite easy to walk to a pub and catch the bus home. A walk along the foreshore is very well recommended but please ask your hosts, who will be able to advise you about the tide times and whether is possible to take a particular route.
And for those who seek a little retail therapy, we are only 20 minutes drive from the rural, yet cosmopolitan town of Cowbridge, and 45 minutes from the City of Cardiff.
The Vale of Glamorgan also offers a number of other outdoor activities that entice visitors from far afield, including:
Being less than two minutes from the coast, there’s very good Fishing to be had at a number of local hotspots. It’s not only Sea Fishing that’s available; there are a number of both Game and Course Lakes, Ponds and Rivers that provide very good sport in season.
Southerndown Golf Club is just minutes away, and offers fantastic panoramic views of the Bristol Channel towards Swansea Bay and the Gower peninsula, down the Ogmore estuary towards Porthcawl and all around the hills and valleys of South Wales.
For those of you looking to see the coastline from horse back, Ogmore by Sea has a variety of treks available (2hr or 1hr), where you’ll be able to pass through dunes, canter through the surf, and descend into valleys with truly breathtaking scenery.
Coed y Bwl is an ancient Ash woodland situated approximately 1 mile on the northwest of St Brides Major in the valley of Castle Upon Alun. The reserve is best known as a Wild Daffodil wood, with these flowers dominating the field layer on the southern part of the wood in early spring together with Wood Anemone, whilst on the northern slopes Bluebells predominate. The wood supports a range of woodland birds and animals.
St Brides Major, Vale of Glamorgan, CF320SD
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