Forget January resolutions, there are plenty of ways to keep well all year round in Bridgend. From yoga on the beach to the art of potting, here's why you should switch off your stress and enjoy a wellness weekend in Bridgend in 2019.
You can walk for miles without seeing another soul
Grab your walking shoes and pack your picnic for some of Bridgend County's most scenic walking trails. Resting on the shores of the Glamorgan Heritage Coast and digging deep into the South Wales valleys, there are plenty of spots for a wild walk in Bridgend. Walk the coast line from Ogmore-By-Sea to Newton Beach or take a ramble through the Garw Valley for green views and lakeside stops.
You can ride on horseback along the beach
Feel the wind in your hair and cantar close to the waves with a horse ride along the beach at Ogmore-By-Sea, sure to boost endorphins and improve your mood. Ogmore Farm Riding Centre offers a two hour trek, crossing the white sands of Newton Beach, the stepping stones of Ogmore River and the Merthyr Mawr Warren. Take in your surroundings and observe the wildlife, spotting birds like the blue neon back kingfishers and exotic white egrets as you go.Two hour trek £40.
You can practice yoga on the beach
Nothing beats a downward dog overlooking the ocean. For the perfect way to start the day, head to Newton Beach when no-one is about and rise with the sun. The Merthyr Mawr sand dunes nearby provide a remote spot for a quiet stretch, offering sunrise views you won't want to miss. Visit Wales has even listed them among their favourite spots to practice yoga with a view in 2019.
You can destress through the ancient art of pottery
Looking for ways to switch off and destress? In Ewenny, pottery makers have relished the wellness benefits of potting for eight generations. Watch on as Ewenny Pottery's treasured potters work the soothing motion of clay to create gifts and trinkets before your eyes. Finish your visit with a trip to the Ewenny Garden Centre before stopping off for a tasty treat in the cafe.
There are plenty of spots for wild swimming
Lacking energy and seeking a challenge? Clear the cobwebs with a dip in the ocean at Porthcawl, a refreshing way to start the new year. Learn to surf for some active relaxation or focus the mind with a spot of kiteboarding. With surf school access available all year round in Porthcawl, there's no excuse to miss out on a January dip.
You can swap the city for nature reserves and wildlife
Get back to nature with a visit to Bridgend County's nature reserves and wildlife centres. Families will love the child friendly activities on offer at Parc Slip Nature Reserve, while adventurers can explore 113 acres of woodland and cycle routes at Bryngarw Country Park. Cycle through the Garw Valley and walk through the parklands to feel totally at one with nature.