Adventures in 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.
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
Take the bike, bus or car to explore the local surroundings:
Bridgend is a practical, dynamic town
Cowbridge is a bustling and charming market town.
For an atmospheric walk
Porthcawl gives you a classic British seaside town
Day TripsIf you have a longer stay at the cottage, there are many possibilities.
Swansea and Gower peninsula
If castles and history are a passion
For a piece of Cornwall in Wales
Towards the mountains and valleys
Vale of Glamorgan, South Wales