Ogmore to Southerndown (and back)

28th August 2017

It was a lovely sunny bank holiday Monday, and we decided to fill in our of our small gaps – this time between Ogmore and Southerndown. Only a 3.8 mile walk but we decided to leave the car at Ogmore Castle and walk both ways.

The coastal path from the castle heads across the road and on a very unused path which is overrun with stinging nettles, so we stuck to the road and the path soon found us again.

Our starting point today
Not going to be walking down here in shorts Andrew!!

Thankfully today the tide was in, so I avoided having to take Andrew on the stepping stones again as we walked along the estuary.

Fabulous views once again

Ogmore is popular any time of the year, but on an August Bank Holiday with the sun shining it was officially “heaving” and has been declared our busiest section of coastal path so far.

People everywhere

The rock formations at Ogmore are very stark but also strangely beautiful.

On the rocks
Getting more dangerous

I hadn’t spotted that Sharon had taken us off the coastal path in order to “be nearer the coast”.  I was nearly part of the coast as we walked upon a narrow ledge over a sheer drop – until I finally persuaded Sharon to head inland to rejoin the coastal path – the signs gave me the clue that all was not as it should be!!

Not going to walk round there Sharon, can we head inland?
Perhaps better to stay on the path in future

And before we knew it we were at the Southerndown car park and had joined up with our previous walk. I won’t bore you with the return journey, although needless to say it involved a stop for coffee and cake.

Total distance walked 7.5 miles, 3.8 miles of which count towards our coastal path so the total is now 310.2 miles and 559.5 miles to go.

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