Bridgend County has developed a reputation for watersports and other outdoor activities which have become increasingly popular. Help us to understand the needs and aspirations of visitors coming to the area to participate in watersports.

Bridgend's Coast Path and beyond

March 21, 2022

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Rest Bay Surfing
Our 11½-mile stretch of Coast is packed full of contrasts, all year round. The shoreline boasts dramatic sand dunes, blue flag beaches, a bustling seaside town AND National Nature Reserves. Wales celebrates the 10-year anniversary of the Wales Coast Path this year. Whatever your age or ability, discover Bridgend County’s beautiful coastline and beyond in this anniversary year.  

Our amazing blue flag beaches and consistent surf attract surfers of all abilities from all over and at Rest Bay Watersports Centre you’ll find everything you need – friendly instructors, equipment hire, changing rooms and showers, and a café with brilliant views. For other types of excitement, try kitesurfing, wind surfing or paddle boarding. The seven bays around the bustling seaside town of Porthcawl are some of the finest beaches in Wales. Get up close to marine wildlife at fun events on the beaches. Enjoy a sunset walk along the sand or brace yourself for a swim.

Shipwrecks, sand-dunes and orchids


Uncover the coastal beauty of Bridgend’s beaches on the 3-mile walk between Rest Bay and Kenfig Nature Reserve passing shipwrecks, rare orchids, and some of northern Europe’s highest sand dunes.

Starting from Rest Bay’s car park, head West on the Wales Coast Path past the greens of Royal Porthcawl Golf Club to enjoy the fantastic views across Swansea Bay. At the rugged headland of Sker Point, sharp eyes might be able to spot the remains of the 1947 shipwreck which inspired R.D Blackmore’s novel The Maid of Sker. Continue onwards to past the natural haven of Kenfig Sands, adored for its incredibly rare colourful orchids, insect population and some of Europe’s largest sand dunes.

Spend the day exploring the sandy trails of the Site of Special Scientific Interest, Kenfig Nature Reserve. Recognised as one of Wales’ top active sand-dune reserves, grab your binoculars and watch wading birdlife on your winding walk through the wild landscape. Spot Golden Plovers, Tufted Duck and Gadwalls land in the waters of Kenfig Pool, the second largest natural freshwater lake in South Wales. Follow the Sker beach circular walk for a longer journey leading back inland towards the reserve’s meadows and woodlands where dragonflies and insects can be seen hovering amongst wildflowers.  Or smaller legs might prefer the Beach Academy's barefoot beach walk, one of their family friendly seashore trails.

Seashore Trails

Stroll along the sands to Porthcawl Marina


If you’re looking to get the entire family out and about, consider a coastal stroll beside the sands of Trecco Bay. Soak up some spring sun and dive into traditional seaside fun along the Wales Coast Path. Starting from the popular family-friendly destination of Trecco Bay Holiday Park, head west along sandy paths towards the colourful rides, roller coasters and games that overlook the sands of Coney Beach.

Little ones will love playing in the golden sands before continuing the walk along the Eastern Promenade to Porthcawl’s charming Marina. End your walk with a bite to eat at one of the many coastal dining spots serving up everything from delicious wood-fired pizzas to freshly-caught fish dishes.

Castles and dunes on the Heritage coastline

 
The Glamorgan Heritage Coast offers up no shortage of Blue Flag beaches, fascinating prehistoric geology sites and pretty lighthouses. Embark on the eight mile section between Porthcawl and Ogmore-by-Sea and pass atmospheric castles, picturesque villages and soak up views which reach the banks of North Devon.

Starting from Ogmore-by-Sea, walk inland along the banks of the River Ogmore and explore the ancient castle ruins. Rejoin the Wales Coast Path and head back towards the coastline through the wilderness of Merthyr Mawr Nature Reserve. Put your leg muscles to the test by ascending the Big Dipper and other surrounding dunes before continuing through the pretty village of Newton and onwards to the beaches of Porthcawl. Finish your adventure at Porthcawl Lighthouse, overlooking the colourful harbour, and grab a well deserved drink.


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Here in Bridgend, we’re pretty spoilt for choice when it comes to golf. ⁠
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