In the tranquil surroundings of the
Bridgend's Garw Valley, lies
the beautiful Bryngarw Country Park.
113 acres stunning parkland to explore, including native
woodlands, formal gardens and secluded glades.
And lurking amongst the flora and fauna are the Ancient Keepers of
Bryngarw - four mythical guardians of the park's woodlands,
meadows, gardens and river. Awaken the keepers with your
special 'talisman' (available from the visitor centre) and hear the
stories, myths and legends of this mysterious area.
For more information on Bryngarw Park visit the website
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
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
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
Take a look at this video of Merthyr Tydfil. It might not
be the obvious choice when thinking of a holiday in Wales, but as
the video proves there's so much to do and some stunning