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The Christmas Pudding Run

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 Big Dipper. 

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 course!

Is this the most picturesque village in Wales?

Dipping Bridge AccentThis 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.  

At the entrance to Merthyr Mawr village is the 'Dipping Bridge'.  Built in the 15th century, the holes in the sides allowed farmers to push their sheep into the River Ogmore for a seasonal dip! At the side of the bridge once stood an inn, once popular with travellers on a pilgrimage to the city of St David's in Pembrokehsire.  It was reputed that the landlord would rob and murder his visitors and bury their bodies in his cellar.  When the pub was
eventually demolished at the beginning of the 20th century hundreds of skeletons were found in the basement. 

Just down the lane from the Dipping Bridge lie the remains of Candleston Castle, once a 15th century fortified mansion house, it is now an ivy covered ruin that was the centre point of ancient village of Treganlaw.

Just beyond the castle is one of the biggest sand dune systems in Europe.  It one 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.

Finally, cross the 'Swing Bridge' and over the stepping stones to explore Ogmore Castle, probably the most picturesque castle in Wales before sitting down for some well earned refreshments in the tea rooms or one of the country pubs nearby.

Walk around Wales

walk around wales picIn May this year, Wales became the only country in the World to have a dedicated footpath running right around its coast.

At over 800 miles long, theWales Coastal Path runs all the way from Chepstow in the South East, through Cardiff and the traditional seaside resort of Porthcawl and onwards to the beautiful Gower and Pembrokeshire coasts. From there it heads North towards Ceredigion and Snowdonia before finally heading along the North Wales coast to Llandudno before coming to an end in the North East Corner.

In the seven months since the path opened many writers and bloggers have ventured out and have given their opinion on the path or certain sections of it.

One of the most comprehensive I've found is Charles Hawes' blog, who seems to have covered most of the South Wales section of the path.

Also worth reading is the Bald Hiker's (Paul Steele) account of his walk along the path from Merthyr Mawr through Porthcawl and to Kenfig National Nature Reserve. Look out too for some fantastic images.

He describes the pretty hamlet of Merthyr Mawr as "a beautiful small quiet place with historic church and thatched cottages" and Kenfig National Nature Reserve as "a calm, surreal beautiful remnant of what was a huge sand dune system"

Have you walked part of the path? What did you think? Let me know which was your favourite part and any tips you have for other walkers setting out.

Bonfire Night in Southern Wales

Bonfire night picMake things go with a bang this bonfire night by popping along to one of our sparkling events.

Sparks in the Park
Cooper's Field, Cardiff
3 November 2012
Cardiff's Cooper's Field will be host to the 32nd annual Sparks in the Park firework display, the largest regular annual fireworks event in Wales and one of the largest in the UK.

There will be an amazing display of pyrotechnics, a beast of a bonfire as well as funfair rides, live entertainment from Capital FM, food stalls and many other family attractions.

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Fireworks Concert
Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff
3 November 2012
Join RWCMD Chamber Orchestra for a traditional fireworks concert ahead of Cardiff's spectacular Sparks in the Park at 7pm. Handel's sparkling, explosive and spectacular Music for the Royal Fireworks forms the centrepiece of this exuberant celebration of timeless baroque classics including Bach's irrepressible 3rd Brandenburg Concerto and the sublime Air on a G string. A concert that will certainly leave you fizzing!

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Fireworks Spectacular 2012
Celtic Manor Resort, Newport
3 November 2012
Remember, remember this date for November and see in the 2012 bonfire celebrations with a bang! Following last year's sell-out event, join us once again for a magnificent festival of fireworks as we light up the sky above Celtic Manor.

Enjoy a fabulous fireworks extravaganza with a dazzling display ensuring plenty of 'oohs' and 'ahhs' under a lively sky full of crackling colours. There will also be live music and entertainment, children's funfair rides, a licensed bar and even a special appearance from our Resort mascots. With lots of tasty winter warming treats to enjoy during the show including a hog roast, hot dogs, burgers and home-made toffee apples, wrap up warm and celebrate with us for what promises to be a truly memorable night for the whole family.

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Fireworks Display
Caerphilly Castle
3 November 2012
This annual fireworks display organised by Caerphilly Town Council promises a spectacular sight, with the majestic Caerphilly Castle as the back drop.

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Firework Spectacular
Caldicot Castle
4 November 2012
The Firework Spectacular organised by Caldicot Chamber of Commerce will take place at Caldicot Catsle on Sunday 4th November.

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Fireworks SkyShow 2012
Cyfarthfa Park, Merthyr Tydfil
5 November 2012
The annual Fireworks SkyShow 2012 will be held in Cyfarthfa Park home of Cyfarthfa Castle, Museum & Art Gallery on Monday, 5th of November 2012. Gates open at 6.00pm for a 7.15pm display, fired by the Professionals. Arrive early to avoid disappointment!

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Is this the most Picturesque Village in Wales?

Dipping BridgeThis 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.  

At the entrance to Merthyr Mawr village is the 'Dipping Bridge'.  Built in the 15th century, the holes in the sides allowed farmers to push their sheep into the River Ogmore for a seasonal dip! At the side of the bridge once stood an inn, once popular with travellers on a pilgrimage to the city of St David's in Pembrokehsire.  It was reputed that the landlord would rob and murder his visitors and bury their bodies in his cellar.  When the pub was eventually demolished at the beginning of the 20th century hundreds of skeletons were found in the basement. 

Just down the lane from the Dipping Bridge lie the remains of Candleston Castle, once a 15th century fortified mansion house, it is now an ivy covered ruin that was the centre point of ancient village of Treganllaw.

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.

Finally, cross the 'Swing Bridge' and over the stepping stones to explore Ogmore Castle, probably the most picturesque castle in Wales before sitting down for some well earned refreshments in the tea rooms or one of the country pubs nearby.

Merthyr Mawr

Dipping Bridge, Merthyr MawrThis 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.  

At the entrance to Merthyr Mawr village is the 'Dipping Bridge'.  Built in the 15th century, the holes in the sides allowed farmers to push their sheep into the River Ogmore for a seasonal dip! At the side of the bridge once stood an inn, once popular with travellers on a pilgrimage to the city of St David's in Pembrokehsire.  It was reputed that the landlord would rob and murder his visitors and bury their bodies in his cellar.  When the pub was
eventually demolished at the beginning of the 20th century hundreds of skeletons were found in the basement. 

Just down the lane from the Dipping Bridge lie the remains of Candleston Castle, once a 15th century fortified mansion house, it is now an ivy covered ruin that was the centre point of ancient village of Treganlaw.

Just beyond the castle is one of the biggest sand dune systems in Europe.  It one 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.

Finally, cross the 'Swing Bridge' and over the stepping stones to explore Ogmore Castle, probably the most picturesque castle in Wales before sitting down for some well earned refreshments in the tea rooms or one of the country pubs nearby.