We are huge fans of beach life and with the summer we have been having it’s been amazing to have so many beach days out. The only downside is not living right next to the beach ! There are some fabulous beaches for days out that we like to visit around South Wales.  You can use this tool to find Britain’s best beaches near you.

Here are some of our favourite beaches – 

Ogmore by sea , near Bridgend

This is probably one of my favourites , I grew up in near Bridgend and my parents still live there so Ogmore has been a big part of my life. There is so much to do here including –

  • The beach
  • Loads of rock pools with crabs and starfish to explore
  • Sand dunes
  • The stepping-stones across the river
  • The castle
  • Horse riding

As you can see there is so much more than just the beach , there are also loads of grass areas to have a picnic and also loads of people have BBQ’s too. There is a little van serving hot food and drinks and also an ice cream van. There is a parking charge of £1 for an hour or £6 for the day.

Southerndown , near Bridgend 

Instead of turning for Ogmore by sea if you carry on straight along the road you will come to another beach called Southerndown. It is so picturesque here. There are loads of little rock pools and the cliff location is stunning. You can go for cliff side walks , explore the gardens and the castle. There is also a shop for drinks , ice cream and beach supplies. Next to the shop is a picnic bench area. There is a charge for parking which you pay as you go in it’s £5.

Merthyr Mawr beach and sand dunes 

This is a little hidden gem of a sandy beach situated next to the  village of Merthyr Mawr. It is quite a walk to the shore through the sand dunes but really worth the walk. The largest sand dune in Europe is also located here , the big dipper. The car park is at in a wooded glade next to the ruins of Candleston castle

Penarth pier beach 

I love it here and this also take me back to my childhood as my grandparents live in Cardiff Bay so we spent many days here during my childhood. The pier is a lovely place to explore with plenty of places to grab lunch or a bite to eat. The little beach below the pier is a pebble beach and just right for paddling. There is parking on the road just above the beach which is free.

Cardiff Bay Capital FM pop up beach 

Not exactly a seaside but it is so much fun here and does the job. The Capital FM beach is situated near the Cardiff Bay barrage this year so is a fair walk over from the main square. There is a land train that takes you over from the start of the barrage walk and it’s free. There is a large funfair , food stalls , live music and a beach shop.

The sand area is fab and all fenced off on one side , there are beach huts and deck chairs which are free to use. Perfect for the hot days as you can chill next to the huts which are shady. There is also a splash pad which the little ones love. The best part about it all is that there is no charge.

Hope this post helps you plan some fun beach adventures , where is your favourite beach ?

 

1 thought on “Summer beach fun within an hours reach of Pontypool”

  1. We are so lucky to have so many amazing beaches here in South Wales. I love Southerndown and Ogmore in particular. Also Porthkerry in Barry is a fab Country Park leading to a pebble beach that is always fun to explore.

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