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Picnic Week: Top Five Picnic Spots in Bridgend

With blue sunny skies over Bridgend it's been a perfect week to celebrate national picnic week! 
Here at Bridgend Tourism we might be a bit biased, but we can't think of many better places to pull out a blanket and basket for a picnic.  There are plenty of ideal settings in the area to soak up the scenery  and munch away on some picnic treats.  Locations vary from golden sandy beaches along the Bridgend coastline, nature reserves scattered with a variety of flora and up in the valleys there's remote countryside that overlooks streams and lush green fields
So here our some favourite picnic sites in Bridgend and Porthcawl.
On a clear day on the beaches and along the Wales Coast Path visitors can expect to see great views across the Bristol Channel to North Devon and Somerset.
1. A wonder along Wales' Coastal path, a picnic and a bit of a rest…
Porthcawl Rest Bay, is famous for watersports and a blue flag beach.  Visitors can enjoy some traditional seaside fun in Porthcawl before heading out to enjoy your picnic on the sandy beaches of Rest Bay and Newton Bay. Rest Bay is particularly known for its surf so you can enjoy your lunch watching the surfers try to catch waves.

Pink Bay on the Welsh Coastal Path, near Rest Bay in Porthcawl. ©

Pink Bay on the Welsh Coastal Path, near Rest Bay in Porthcawl, by BridgendBites.com ©


2. For the Family.
Porthcawl Coney Beach is the perfect place for keeping energetic kids entertained.  It has it's own fun fair, candy floss and donkeys.  The kids will be entertained for hours, while parents can sit back, enjoy the golden sands and soak up a bit of sun.
3.  A peaceful place, where nature & beauty collide…

Scer Beach Porthcawl by BridgendBites.com

Scer Beach Porthcawl by BridgendBites.com



Porthcawl Newton Bay
overlooks the Glamorgan Heritage Coast, Merthyr Mawr Warren and Ogmore by Sea.  It's an aea pf scientific interest near where Newton Burrows and Merthyr Mawr sand dunes are near by.  It's a peaceful setting where sounds of the sea and the flowing river Ogmore come together to create a very therapeutic spot.
4.  Surround yourself by nature, history & the sea…

Rest Bay by BridgendBites.com

Rest Bay by BridgendBites.com


Sker Beach, Porthcawl located at Kenfig National Nature Reserve is a natural gem on the coast of South Wales.  Europe's second largest sand dunes are near by as well as the highest percentage of Welsh flora in one area.
5.  Green grass & water…
Merthyr Mawr Sand Dunes, on the edge of the Ogmore River.  Lawrence of Arabia was filmed here, so it will certainly capture the imagine of the children when they're running around!
A bonus spot with some wonderful trails...

Bryngarw Country Park by BridgendBites.com

Bryngarw Country Park by BridgendBites.com


Bryngarw Country Park, is a picnic stop must situated in 120 acres of country park. There a plenty of walking trails to choose from.  Visitors can enjoy a woodland walk or a river ramble before strolling onto Bryngarw's large lawns and sitting down for a picnic.


How to make Bike Week bike-worthy!

As Bike Week rounds into the weekend, the chance to really give yourself over to a day ride in the beautiful summer weather becomes more and more real. Healthy, cost-efficient, and fun, cycling has always been a popular activity along the coast in Bridgend. As for trails in this beautiful county, there is no shortage. Whether you are looking for something challenging like the Darren Fawr Trails or a little more leisurely - Bridgend has it all!
Trails For Family, Friends, and Adventurers 

Beautiful Biking © By BridgendBites.com

Beautiful Biking © By BridgendBites.com


The Cefn Cribwr Trail, a section of the Celtic Trail from Tondu to Pyle, is an excellent trail for beginner bikers. It's short distance of only 4.5km and traffic-free surroundings make it lovely for those looking for a calm and relaxing ride. The trail itself takes you through the Parc Slip Nature Park, giving you a chance to see the recorded 28 Butterfly species that exist there!
The Ogmor e Valley Trail stretches from Nant-y-Moel to Aberkenfig. It's 11 miles are calm, safe, and fit for those seeking something a bit on the longer side or as a family outing. It passes some well-known landmarks for a tourist as well, such as the Devil's Pulpit and beautiful views like the one from Llangeintor Church.

Bike Routes © By BridgendBites.com

Bike Routes © By BridgendBites.com


The Darren Fawr Mountain Bike Trails opened this past January and beckon with their gorgeous scenery and challenging topography. The two trails, the blue Glengarw trail for intermediate riders and the black Gellideg trail for experienced riders, are approximately 3km each, and combined 6km.
If you're looking for any local contacts - Bridgend has many different kinds of cycling clubs and opportunities to hire bikes. For Local clubs, the Ogmore Valley Wheelers and the Blackmill & District Mountain Bike Club are great for getting you started in meeting the local cycle community and learning about the different trails. Breakaway Cycling Holidays offers great bike hires, a great way to go cycling for a weekend holiday without having to cart your bike along with you.
Common Sense!
As always, use your common sense when you go out cycling! Don't go out on a long day trip without food, water, a mobile phone and a map. Always wear a helmet and keep your bike roadworthy. If you are going to be cycling on a road, remember to take care in riding downhill and watch for junctions and cars that may be dangerous to an unprotected cyclist.
For the off-roader, take care to give way to pedestrians and don't expect to cycle at high speeds. And always, no matter how safe you feel it is, lock your bike up when you leave it unattended! You don't want to loose your favorite transportation, do you?

Summer Bike Week © By BridgendBites.com

Summer Bike Week © By BridgendBites.com

 

Make Bike Week the most bike-worthy week yet!


Out & About For Father's Day in Bridgend

This Sunday is Father's Day, which means only one thing; that the time has come, once again, to show your dad just how much he means to you. Luckily, Bridgend is crammed full with adventures and activities to suit all budgets, so we thought we'd list our top five ideas for making this year's Father's Day a special one...

First hole Royal Porthcawl Golf Club South Golf Activities & Sports by Visit Wales ©


 
 
5.  A spot of golf... head to the Wales' Golf Senior Open
Undoubtedly home to some of the best golfing in Britain, Bridgend is even hosting the Wales Senior Open this month. He may not be able to compete with the professionals, but dad can still head down to the likes of Pyle & Kenfig and Royal Porthcawl to get a lesson from a couple of the resident pro's. At P&K, pro Dylan Williams will set up a programme just for dad, based specifically on his abilities and will look at how he can improve his game - he might even start winning at crazy golf!
4. Hanging ten...
Nothing says 'I love you, Dad' like riding the same wave together, and Bridgend offers up some of the very best surfing in the UK. Don't just take our word for it; some of the best surfers around carve waves off our beaches, including Welsh champ Ingemar Cressey. Get a lesson with Ingemar by booking with Cressey's Surf Academy, or try surfing at Rest Bay with Porthcawl Surf and take part in a beginner lesson on the sand before hitting the water - even if Dad is convinced he's a pro!
3. Get on your bike...
Is your Dad something of a thrill seeker? Look no further than the brand new Darren Fawr mountain biking trails! The two new trails opened in January, with 'Glengarw' aimed at intermediate riders and 'Gellideg' offering up a challenge even for pros. Combine them both for an adrenaline-pumping 6km ride that'll give dad a father's day he's sure to remember.

Enjoy a fulfilling coastal walk with dad. Image from Visit Wales ©


For a present that doesn't cost anything but which offers up plenty of bonding time opportunity, why not take dad for a long wander across a stretch of the Glamorgan Heritage Coast. The path itself goes on for some 14 miles, along which you'll encounter sandy dunes, cliffs, coves and beaches, all of which are rich with their own wildlife and history. You can tackle it all either on foot or by bike, and we'd suggest stopping off somewhere like Porthcawl to refuel and grab a pint of local ale or some local fish and chips.
1. Outdoor DIY...
If he's a dab hand with a screwdriver, why not enrol him in a two-day green woodwork course with Cwm Tawel Yurts in the Llynfi Valley. On the first day he'll learn how to identify the different types of tree species, as well as coppicing and various other techniques to make a simple stool. On the second day he'll collect materials and go about building his stool. Of course, the whole family can come along and enjoy  a few nights in one of the camps luxury yet traditional Mongolian yurts.


Porthcawl Beaches win Awards for Summer 2013!

Rest Bay, Porthcawl By Brent Davies

Rest Bay, Porthcawl By Brent Davies


As spring comes to an end, our lovely beaches are slowly beginning to look like holiday destinations again. The sand at Porthcawl is gleaming with the sunny weather we've been having, with Trecco Bay and Sker Beach offering ideal conditions for relaxation, while Coney Beach and Rest Bay are the best bet for full-on seaside entertainment.
This week both Rest and Trecco Bay won the Seaside Award for wonderfully clean and green seasides, plus we've also managed to keep our Blue Flag awards for both beaches, making it the 13th year in a row! We are so lucky to have these lovely beaches and every visitor, local or not, should take the opportunity to surf, swim or just relax here.
We're making an album of your best Bridgend County beach pictures and your favourite one will be posted on our header for the month of July. Send your photos to BridgendBites@gmail.com. We can't wait to see which ones you've been to!