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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.