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Recreational paths in Bridgend County Borough

The Welsh Government has introduced emergency regulations that require local authorities to close footpaths and other rights of way where use poses a high risk to the spread of coronavirus.

The council have decided that to avoid large numbers of people gathering or being in close proximity to each other Rest Bay Boardwalk in Porthcawl, will be closed until further notice.

Our beautiful area has several routes passing through majestic countryside. You can get details of the paths below, and download leaflets about the sights to see.

Details of the Bridgend Circular Walk.
Leaflets for the walk:

Download Bridgend Circular Walk Leaflet One.
Download Bridgend Circular Walk Leaflet Two.
Download Bridgend Circular Walk Leaflet Three.

Route: Sarn, Hendre, Coychurch, Corntown, St Brides Major, Merthyr Mawr, Laleston, Court Colemon, Pen-y-Fai, Sarn.
Suitability: Unsuitable for wheelchairs/buggies or small children. Cyclists/horses are not allowed.
Length:

Section 1 is 9km (five and a half miles). Allow three hours to complete.

Section 2 is 10km (6 miles). Allow three hours to complete.
Section 3 is 13km (8 miles). Allow four hours to complete.

Parking: Park at Sarn Park and Ride, and Merthyr Mawr.
Public transport: Plan your entire journey with Traveline Cymru.

 

Details of the Bryngarw Circular Walk.
Route: Bryngarw Country Park, Beach Avenue, Coed Bryngarw, Bryngarw House.
Suitability: Unsuitable for wheelchairs/buggies or small children. Cyclists/horses are not allowed.
Length: 4km. Allow one and a half hours.
Parking: There is parking at Bryngarw Country Park, and on-street parking in Brynmenyn.
Public transport: Plan your entire journey with Traveline Cymru.

 

Details of route one of the Cornelly Walk.
Route: Around the North and South Cornelly areas.
Suitability: Unsuitable for wheelchairs/buggies or small children. Cyclists/horses are not allowed.
Length: 5km (3 miles). Allow two-and-a-half hours to complete.
Parking: There is on-street parking in North and South Cornelly.
Public transport: Plan your entire journey with Traveline Cymru.

 

Details of the Garw Valley walk 1.
Leaflet for the walk Visit the Garw Valley community council website to download a leaflet for Garw Valley walk 1.
Route Parc Calon Lan, Darren Fawr, Craig Barber Memorial, Ffaldau Colliery, Old stone ruins, Pontycymmer Lake, Pontycymmyer Square, old mining levels, Cwm Nant Hir, Parc Calon Lan.
Suitability Walkers only.
Length About 11 kilometres, or around four hours.
Parking There is on-street parking in Blaengarw, and free parking at Parc Calon Lan.
Public transport Plan your entire journey with Traveline Cymru.

Much of the Glamorgan Ridgeway walk runs through Bridgend county borough. It follows public footpaths from along the ridgeline from Margam Country Park to Caerphilly Castle.

Details of the Glamorgan Ridgeway walk.
Route: Margam Castle, ‘Bro’ stone at the pulpit, Mynydd Baedan, Llynfi River, Llangeinor and Garw Valley, Ridgeway, Yr Allt, Llantrisant Castle, Garth, Coed Rhiw’r Ceiliog, Caerphilly Common, Caerphilly Castle.
Suitability: Unsuitable for wheelchairs/buggies or small children. Cyclists/horses are not allowed.
Length: 43km (27 miles).
Parking: Car parking is available at Margam Country Park, in Llantrisant, and near Caerphilly Castle.
Public transport: Plan your entire journey with Traveline Cymru.

 

Details of walk one in the Llynfi Valley.
Route: The Llynfi Valley, The Viaduct, The Darren Valley, Moel Cynhordy, St John’s Colliery, Maesteg Washery.
Suitability: Unsuitable for wheelchairs/buggies or small children. Cyclists/horses are not allowed.
Length: 8km (5 miles). Allow three-and-a-half hours to complete it.
Parking: There is on-street parking in Garth, and parking at Maesteg train station.
Public: Plan your entire journey with Traveline Cymru.

 

Details of walk two in the Llynfi Valley.
Route: The Llynfi Valley, The Red Cow Public House, The Brynna, Wet Pasture, Llangynwyd, Tudor Park Football Ground, The Llynfi Valley Railway, Maesteg Golf Club, Maesteg, Maesteg Town Hall.
Suitability: Unsuitable for wheelchairs/buggies or small children. Cyclists/horses are not allowed.
Length: 8km (5 miles). Allow three-and-a-half hours to complete it.
Parking: There is on-street parking in Garth. In addition, there is a car park on Llynfi Road, Maesteg, which is free and covered by CCTV 24 hours a day.
Public: Plan your entire journey with Traveline Cymru.

 

Details of walk three in the Llynfi Valley.
Route: Maesteg, Maesteg Council Chambers, Maesteg Hospital, The Coed Morgannwg Way, Heol y Mwch, The Memorial Stone, The Bodvoc Stone, Y Bwlwarcau.
Suitability: Unsuitable for wheelchairs/buggies or small children. Cyclists/horses are not allowed.
Length: 11km (7 miles). Allow four to four-and-a-half hours to complete it.
Parking: There is on-street parking in Garth, and there is parking at Maesteg train station.
Public: Plan your entire journey with Traveline Cymru.

 

Details of walk four in the Llynfi Valley.
Route: Maesteg Cemetery, St Johns Colliery, Croeserw, Darren y Bannau, Caerau Library, Caerau.
Suitability: Unsuitable for wheelchairs/buggies or small children. Cyclists/horses are not allowed.
Length: 8km (5 miles). Allow three-and-a-half hours to complete it.
Parking: There is parking available on-street in Maesteg, and there is a car park on Llynfi Road which is free and covered by CCTV 24 hours a day.
Public: Plan your entire journey with Traveline Cymru.

 

Details of walk five in the Llynfi Valley.
Route: Maesteg Town Centre, Garn Wen, Brynheulog, Maesteg Town Centre.
Suitability: Unsuitable for wheelchairs/buggies or small children. Cyclists/horses are not allowed.
Length: 8km (5 miles). Allow three-and-a-half hours to complete it.
Parking: On-street parking in Maesteg or at Maesteg Station Car Park.
Public: Plan your entire journey with Traveline Cymru.

 
 
 
 
 

Details of the Nant Bryn Glas circular Walk.
Leaflets for the walk: Download the leaflet for Bryn Glas circular walk.
Route: Coychurch, Brackla, Coity, Coed y Mwster Ganol, Coychurch.
Suitability: Unsuitable for wheelchairs/buggies or small children. Cyclists/horses are not allowed.
Length: 3.5km (two and a half miles). Allow two hours to complete it.
Parking: On-street parking in Coychurch, Brackla or Coity. The route is accessible from any of these villages.
Public transport: Plan your entire journey with Traveline Cymru.
Details of the Newton to Candleston circular Walk.
Route: Newton Village, Newton Church, Sanfords Well, Newton Burrows, Wig Fach, Merthyr Mawr Warren.
Suitability: Unsuitable for wheelchairs/buggies or small children. Cyclists/horses are not allowed.
Length: 10km (6 miles). Allow four hours to complete.
Parking: There is on-street parking in Newton Village or at Candleston Castle car park.
Public transport: Plan your entire journey with Traveline Cymru.

 

Details of the Nottage and Sker Point circular walk.
Route: The Rest, Sker Point, Kenfig Burrows, Sker House, St David’s Well, Nottage Court, Locks Common and Rest Bay.
Suitability: Unsuitable for wheelchairs/buggies or small children. Cyclists/horses are not allowed.
Length: 10km (6 miles). Allow three-and-a-half hours to complete it.
Parking: There is on-street parking in Nottage, and a Pay and Display Car Park in Rest Bay.
Public Transport: Plan your entire journey with Traveline Cymru.

 

Details of the Nottage circular walk.
Route: Nottage Village Green, The Rose and Crown, Ty Talbot Farm, St David’s Well, Nottage Holt, Pwll y Mwr, Moor Lane, West Road, West Park School.
Suitability: Suitable for wheelchairs/buggies or small children. Cyclists/horses are allowed.
Length: 4km (two and a half miles). Allow one-and-a-half hours to complete it.
Parking: There is on-street parking in Nottage.
Public transport: Plan your entire journey with Traveline Cymru.

 

Details of the Ogmore Valley community route.
Route: Nant-y-moel, Ogmore Vale, Lewistown, Pant-yr-awel, Blackmill, Brynmenyn, Sarn, Aberkenfig, Wildmill, Bridgend.
Suitability: Suitable for cycling, walking and wheelchairs.
Length: 18km (11 miles).
Parking: Car parks are found throughout the route.
Public transport: Plan your entire journey with Traveline Cymru.

 
 
 
 
 

Details of the old industries and new parks circular walk.
Leaflets for the walk: Download the leaflet for the Old Industries and New Parks Circular Walk.
Route: Tondu, Fountain Road, Coytrahen, Bettws, Ynysawdre, Tondu.
Suitability: Unsuitable for wheelchairs/buggies or small children. Cyclists/horses are not allowed.
Length: 9km (five and a half miles). Allow two-and-a-half to three hours to complete.
Parking: There is parking at Tondu train station, Park Tondu, Parc Slip Nature Reserve and Bryngarw Country Park.
Public transport: Plan your entire journey with Traveline Cymru.

 
 
 
 
 

Details of the River Ogmore and Merthyr circular walk.
Leaflet for walk: Download the leaflet for the River Ogmore and Merthyr circular walk.
Route: Bridgend Station, New Bridge Inn, Merthyr Mawr, Ogmore Castle, Ewenny River, Bridgend Station.
Suitability: Unsuitable for wheelchairs/buggies or small children. Cyclists/horses are not allowed.
Length: 9km (five and a half miles). Allow three hours to complete.
Parking: There is parking at Bridgend Railway Station, Bridgend Recreation Centre, and near the Swing Bridge in Merthyr Mawr. Also there are Pay and Display car parks around Bridgend town centre.
Public transport: Plan your entire journey with Traveline Cymru.

 
 
 
 
 

The full Sustrans National Cycle Route 4 runs from London via Reading, Bath, Bristol, Newport, Bridgend, Swansea, Carmarthen, Tenby, Haverfordwest, and St Davids to Fishguard. In this local section, it links Tondu and Bedford Park’s impressive, old ironworks together. Also, it passes through grassland and woodland, and Parc Slip Nature Park which has rare wading birds, butterflies, damselflies and dragonflies. The Parc Slip Wildlife trust Visitor Centre has a bike rack, toilets and refreshments. This track is well-maintained, traffic free, and tranquil.

Details of Sustrans Route 4: Parc Slip and Bedford Park.
Route Craig-Lâs, Blackmill, Brynmenyn Junction, Park Slip Nature Park, Cwm Ffos, Bedford Park, Kenfig Hill.
Suitability Suitable for cycling and walking.
Length Four kilometres.
Parking Meadows car park is near Kenfig Hill.
Public transport Plan your entire journey with Traveline Cymru.
Details of the Tondu to Pyle community route.
Route: Pyle, Cefn Junction Signal Box, Cwm Ffos, Parc Slip Nature Park, Tondu.
Suitability: Suitable for cycling, walking and wheelchairs.
Length: 10km (7 miles).
Parking: There are car parks in Pyle and Kenfig Hill. Also, there are car parks in Parc Slip Nature Park Visitor Centre, Aberkenfig and Tondu.
Public Transport: Plan your entire journey with Traveline Cymru.

 
 
 
 
 

The full Wales Coastal path is 870 miles long. It is the world’s first to offer walkers a continuous path round a country’s coastline. In our county, it passes through two outstanding coastal national nature reserves, and the seaside resort and surfing centre of Porthcawl. On the way, there are castles, churches, and villages rich in history, and Porthcawl harbour.

Route: Merthyr Mawr, Porthcawl, Sker, Kenfig Bridleway.
Suitability: Suitable for cycling and walking. Some sections are suitable for wheelchairs.
Length: 11.5 miles.
Parking: There are carparks along the coast at Candleston Castle, Newton Beach, Porthcawl town centre, Rest Bay, and Kenfig National Nature Reserve.
Public transport: Plan your entire journey with Traveline Cymru.

Request leaflets

You can request paper copies of the leaflets for the:

  • Bridgend Circular walks
  • Nant Brynglas walk
  • Old Industries and New Parks walk
  • River Ogmore and Merthyr Mawr walk

Also, report problems with the paths via the details below, or suggest walks for us to develop.

Contact

Rights of Way Section A

Bridgend County Borough Council
Telephone: 01656 642537
Address: Communities Directorate , Waterton Depot, Waterton Road, Bridgend, CF31 3YP.

Love 2 Walk

We organise regular led walks throughout the year. These focus on the stunning scenery of the Bridgend Valleys and our blue flag coastline. They’re great for keeping fit or making friends. Also, there is a walking festival every year in June. If you would like to get involved, please visit Love 2 Walk’s Facebook page.

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