This is the village of Merthyr Mawr near Bridgend. It's an
idyllic little settlement, as picturesque as they come, with an
outstanding collection of thatched cottages positioned around an
old village green.
Despite being a relatively small village, there's plenty of
interesting places to visit. The 'Dipping Bridge' was built
in the 15th century, the holes in the sides allowed farmers to push
their sheep into the River Ogmore for a seasonal dip!
Just down the lane lie the remains of Candleston Castle, once a 15th
century fortified mansion house, whilst nearby Ogmore Castle is
probably the most picturesque castle in Wales.
Just beyond the castle is one of the biggest sand dune systems in Europe. It
once stretched for miles, right around Swansea Bay and some of the
dunes are as big as small mountains. The dunes are an
important wildlife habitat and site of scientific interest, which
shelters a rich variety of plants. Parts of the Hollywood
blockbuster 'Lawrence of Arabia' were filmed here.
Every year, just before Christmas, hundreds of amateur athletes
descend on the village for the annual Christmas Pudding Run.
The race is a challenging multi-terrain, six mile run that winds
its way through the sand dune system. The route starts with
an ascent of the highest single sand dune in Europe - the fearsome
But it doesn't end there, the race then continues with even more
climbs, over rough moorland and through several streams before
eventually the runners get to the finish line.
And the prize for completing this gruelling course……a Christmas pudding of