Glamorgan Heritage Coast
At the heart of the Vale of Glamorgan coastline is a
particularly special 14-mile stretch that was awarded Heritage
Coast status in 1972.
The Glamorgan Heritage Coast begins at Aberthaw and goes all the
way to Porthcawl in the west. The Heritage Coast features dramatic
cliffs, amazing rock formations, secluded romantic coves, all
backed by rolling countryside.
The unique characteristics and conditions of the seashore have
resulted in a coastline that is home to a vast array of species,
while it is also a real draw for bird-watchers who can look out for
Choughs, Fulmars, Bar-Tailed Godwits and Peregrine Falcons.
One of the best ways to explore the area, especially its most
remote parts, is by lacing up your walking boots to tackle the
Heritage Coast Path, part of the Wales Coast Path. The path lets
you either look down on, or walk through, most of the area’s
When you reach the stepping stones at Ogmore Castle, the path
then leads you around one of the most fascinating landscapes in the
UK, the Merthyr Mawr sand dunes.
The dunes are one of those places that, once visited, you will
never forget. Next to forestry and the remains of Candleston Castle
are a maze of pathways and dunes, in the closest place Wales
has to a desert. Kids will love tumbling down the dunes, and don’t
forget to take a sledge with you to ride down the Big Dipper, the
biggest sand dune in Europe.
Heritage Coast Centre
Southerndown, CF32 0RP.
You can find out more about our coastline by visiting the
Heritage Coast Centre in Dunraven Park, Southerndown. The
centre includes a small shop and
information point containing lots of useful literature
about the coast, and the Rangers based at the centre work hard to
educate coastal visitors and school groups about the need to
conserve this beautiful stretch of coastline. Tel: 01656
880157 for opening times.
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For more information about the
Glamorgan Heritage Coast please call
our Tourist Information Centre on 01446