Ogmore-by-sea – a delight and more to come….

A lovely, slightly hazy, sun shiny day – whopee! Off we went to Southerndown a small village sitting just above Dunraven Bay. Now I am aware that Dunraven is not a dog friendly beach but we must not discriminate on this adventure of ours so we walked along the cliff path to take a look.

The tide was quite high, so we took another look on the way back and sure enough a pretty sandy bay was emerging.

We then walked along the top of the cliffs to Ogmore-by-sea, a very pleasant grassy top, shared with grazing sheep, amazing views and sunshine.

All along the shoreline were little coves, mostly a mix of rock bed and stones, but as the tide continued to go out, more sand was exposed – would be good to see it at low tide. In the distance the dunes and sandy bay of Merthyr Mawr tempt us for another day.

We enjoyed a break and a much needed cool down for Poppydog in one of the little coves – Gwen Beach.

A lovely stretch of coastline and a lovely walk.

Two thoughts of the day:

We are enjoying this beautiful coastline and peaceful coastal walks.

How wonderful was the royal wedding? Certainly the weather and setting was perfect and it felt like a really happy occasion – good luck to them,

Limpert Bay to Watch House Beach…..

The weather continues to be absolutely gorgeous from dawn till dusk. After a couple of days off, due to Poppydog having hurt the pads on her feet (I think on the barnacle covered rock bed at Monknash) and mincing around like a dressage pony we were ready to explore some more. We set off for Limpert Bay, where there is a small free car park right down by the beach which also happens to be right next to the Power Station! The tide was still quite high as we set off and the first part of the walk is alongside the power station so you are sandwiched between the seawall and the high fencing of the Power Station – not the nicest then!

After about a mile you leave the Station behind and the footpath is bordered by the Aberthaw Biodiversity Park and the tidal ponds and stony beach of the Leys.

We wandered around the ponds for awhile, giving a Poppydog a chance to cool off in the water before pressing on a little further to Watch House Beach. This too was mostly stony and very difficult to walk on though in the middle of more ponds lies a raised area of sandy, almost like a random sand dune, on which quite a few people were enjoying the sunshine and cooling dips in the ponds.

As the walking was fairly tough going, we decided not to push our luck, so after spending a bit of time in the sand we made the return journey to find the tide out at Limpert Bay but no sand and really a fairly unattractive beach!

Two thoughts of the day:

The site has emptied out again so Poppydog can relax for the first time since Friday! No kids No football!

I have just realised that I have already used 78% of the media space on this blog and we are only 7 months in! A bit of a dilemma!

From Monknash beach to Wick beach….

Today was a fine day, very fine indeed! It started out with a thin layer of cloud and was a bit like that down on the beach, but back on site (only about 3 miles inland) well it was a corker.

So we drove down to Monknash again, with the idea of wandering along the beach westwards towards Wick and so we did.

Down through the woodlands.

And onto the stony beach, taking the gamble that beyond the rocks lay a sandy beach.

Indeed it did – wow! Lots and lots of mostly deserted sand, almost as far as the eye could see.

A few decent sized rock pools for Poppydog to cool down in and she happily chased the ball from one end to the other.

As the tide continued to go out, you could just make out the line of the exposed sandbank and a definite outline of Exmoor above the coastline.

With the tide almost fully out we were easily able to cross Whitmore Steps (a series of layered rock bed, running out to sea, which at some point would have been a rocky headland, forming part of the cliff) onto Wick beach.

Now Wick is apparently an unofficial naturist beach as it is so inaccessible from above and indeed there were a few hardy souls baring their all in amongst the ledges of the Steps, so we kept a respectful distance! As to accessibility well, there was no way I was going to attempt these two vertical ladders, especially as I would have had to carry Poppydog!

So instead of walking back along the coastal path, as per the original plan, we opted for the much more gentle stroll (well for me atleast as Poppydog doesn’t do gentle anything!) back the way we came.

Just a lone angler in the distance shared our space.

Before we left the beach, Poppydog had the opportunity for a nice cool down in the stream flowing over the flatbed rocks, which had formed a very gentle waterfall.

Back on site, a lovely sit in the sunshine- well you have got to make the most of it!

Two thoughts of the day:

Please stay like this until at least October?

I wonder if many people make the effort to enjoy these beaches in the summer holidays as they are quite difficult to access and at least a mile or so from any possible parking?

Monknash and Marcross…..

Oh no! It was raining when we got up this morning! What is that all about? Fortunately by late morning it had dried up and just now the sun has popped out to say hello! Any how took the opportunity of catching up on some computer work (sorting photos and updating my expenses spreadsheet!), before heading out a little later than usual on one of the Vale of Glamorgan recommended walks. We drove the short distance to Monknash and parked in a lay-by opposite the little church.

Following the road down through the hamlet of Monknash to join the wooded footpath down to the sea.

The entrance to Cwm Nash beach is stony to start with and then opens out onto smooth rock with a wide golden beach at low tide, all back with sheer stepped rocky cliffs.

A steep climb back up onto the cliff top, as we followed the coastal path back towards Nash Point soon revealed a similar beach continuing along below.

The beautiful curved flat rock bed leading onto some pristine and deserted sand, which we will be back to explore another day. With the Nash Sands sandbank clearly visible as a line across the sea.

Again here at Nash Point the access is stony, but just around the headland lots of sand. You can clearly see the Nash Sands sandbank exposed above the sea (must come back at low tide to see the full extent, but it is apparently up to half a mile wide and ten miles long!), marked at this end by a warning bell buoy.

From here it was a pretty wander through an enchanted woodland, crossing the small brook four times on stepping stones as we made our way up the valley to Marcross.

Marcross is not much more than a few houses and this pretty little church, surrounded by agricultural land.

The final stretch of this circular walk was along a field lined lane back to Monknash.

Two thoughts of the day:

How rubbish are the ads on TV? Didn’t realise they were so corny and irritating as I haven’t watched live TV, for years until now!!!

Some evenings Poppydog could surely be named ‘Windydog’!!! Not pleasant sharing a sofa!

St Donat’s eastwards to Llantwit Major……

Well you have to give the sun 7 out of 10 today for trying! Unfortunately though the swirling sea mist won the day until about 4.30! Still it made for an interesting walk and some dramatic scenery, though today Exmoor was at best a smudge in the distance!

We parked up in the same place as yesterday, but this time we headed east and enjoyed the moody Tresilian Bay – what a place to live?

Too stony for us to play on, I always worry about Poppydog breaking something as she dashes about over the stones, without paying any head to where she is going! So we carried on to Llantwit Major Bay, only to find it is subject to a dog ban from 1st May to the end of September!

Never mind, we wandered up the wide grassy valley to the town and Poppydog was able to have a nice refreshing swim in the stream that meanders through the meadow, so all was good in her world!

We didn’t hang about in town for long, as although it was quite pretty, we didn’t find anything of particular note, so soon headed back up the other side of the valley homewards.

Two thoughts of the day:

I should be more interested in the geology of the beaches we are encountering, but I’m afraid I’m not! I just enjoy how different they all are, yet mostly so beautiful!

In this lifestyle, time has become irrelevant, I check it by way of confirmation, for example in the morning Poppydog doesn’t usually stir before 7, so if she is keen to get up, we do! When either of us is hungry we eat and when we are tired we sleep! How simple is life without time restraints? – though we pretty much follow the same schedule every day!