Wales is the only country in the world with a continuous path around its entire coast. The Wales Coast Path is 870 miles long and runs from Chester in the North to Chepstow in the South, and passing by the village of Southerndown and along Dunraven Bay. The scenery is spectacular and ever-changing. Along the route, walkers enjoy breath-taking views of long golden beaches, dramatic cliffs, castles, and hidden secret bays.
As keen walkers, my wife and I often put on our walking boots and head off for the coast. One of our favourite walks is near Southerndown, a village to the southwest of Bridgend close to Ogmore-by-Sea. The beach is officially known as Dunraven Bay or Bae Dwnrhefn and is part of the Glamorgan Heritage Coast. The best route is south towards Llantwit Major where you can either walk along the cliff tops or on the rocky beach. Both are spectacular, giving you two very different views of the beautiful Wales coastline. It is also a geologists’ dream with hard limestone full of fossils forming leading up to steep cliffs of softer Jurassic sedimentary rocks. As a geologist, photographer and walker, Dunraven Bay is my idea of heaven.