Adventures in Southerndown

1884 map of Southerndown

Here are a few ideas for your next adventures in Southerndown

From Dancing Stones, it’s all within an easy stroll of the cottage:

  • Pick up a coffee and pastry from Ffroth, the little coffee van by the Three Golden Cups Pub just minutes walk away.
  • Take the road to the beach, or take the lesser known route marked out over the stone wall stiles, through the Arboretum towards the Heritage Coast Centre. Read the local legends of ship wreckers and the mysterious Blue Lady, there’s also a guide to fossils and identifying sea life as you venture towards the shore.
  • Explore the remains of Dunraven Castle and the walled gardens, including the fairy tale Ice Tower. Read the old framed poem that hangs in the summerhouse before you choose your path either toward the ‘secret beach’ past the viewpoint over the stunning cliffs, or the higher route which takes you over Witches Point looking over the Bristol Channel and westwards the view of Porthcawl.
  • Book a cosy pub meal at the Three Golden Cups, or choose from the seasonal menu at Frolics restaurant, both in the village.
  • Take a quiet walk with the dog down past West Barn towards the Deeps, walk to Ogmore-By-Sea by the grassy path watching the rabbits disappearing into the scrub, or the seashore at low tide. Look for fossils uncovered by the waves.
dipping toes on Southerndown beach


Bridgend and beyond

Bridgend & Beyond

Margam Abbey

Day Trips

drystone wall southerndown

Our neighbouring villages

offer a great choice of pubs and can set you up with some very local provisions. In St Brides you will find The Milk Hut dispensing fresh organic milk and milkshakes straight off the farm, a post office and general store, and Slade Farm with its own meat and produce.


With a large stretch of sandy beach which is dog friendly year round, a post office which also is a general store offering much more than just your basics. A little further down the road there is a soft play centre and Cobbles; a restaurant, deli and posh chippy. There’s a ruined castle to walk through and stepping stones across the river at low tide to feel like you’re going back in time. A local stables offers horse riding across the water to the beautiful stretch of sand and dunes, Merthyr Mawr Reserve.

In Corntown and Ewenny

there are a Deli store and Bakery, they also offer different meals like pizza, sushi and Thai on advertised nights. There is a great choice of places to eat – the Golden Mile pub, Golden Well Chinese Restaurant and Coast cafe serving tasty breakfasts, coffee and cakes. Explore Ewenny Priory before heading towards Cowbridge.

Bridgend and beyond

Bridgend and Beyond

Take the bike, bus or car to explore the local surroundings:


Bridgend is a practical, dynamic town

offering your choice of supermarkets, restaurants and even a designer brand outlet where you can find a bargain, at McArthur Glen.

Cowbridge is a bustling and charming market town.

Beautiful independent shops including a treasure trove of a vintage shop, well-curated lifestyle shops and eateries are plentiful, there’s a Saturday farmer’s market where you can pick up local delicacies to have back at the cottage. Don’t miss a walk through the pretty Physic Garden, it is a lovely place to stop and rest. Forage Farm Shop is a great place to stop for breakfast or lunch and you can also pick up delicious provisions or Welsh gifts for later.

For an atmospheric walk

choose from Old Beaupre Castle, Dyffryn (National Trust garden), Tinkinswood and St Lythans Burial Chambers.

Porthcawl gives you a classic British seaside town

with all the fun of the fair and fish and chips – just mind the seagulls. The coffee is good, and so are the views from the Promenade. Once a year Porthcawl holds the biggest Elvis Festival in the world.

Cardiff is within easy reach by train, bus or car and offers all the draws of a capital city.

There are two national museums, Techniquest science attraction, the Senedd (Welsh Parliament), boat trips in the Bay and events at the stadium, Tramshed, and Millenium Centre.

Margam Abbey

Day Trips

If you have a longer stay at the cottage, there are many possibilities.

Swansea and Gower peninsula

offer beautiful beaches and walks, take your pick from the Mumbles, Oxwich Bay, Rhossili, Three Cliffs Bay for a start.

If castles and history are a passion

there is a lot of choice- Margam Country Park, Castell Coch, Caerphilly Castle, Carreg Cennen Castle, Dynevor, Cardiff Castle, Laugharne.

For a piece of Cornwall in Wales

visit Tenby with its lifeboat station and stunning beaches, or even further into West Wales to Solva and St Davids.

Towards the mountains and valleys

there is the Rhondda Heritage Centre, and the Brecon Beacons National Park is only an hour away.

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Fossil Hunting on the Heritage Coast, South Wales

Fossil Hunting on the Heritage Coast, South Wales

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