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Glamorgan Heritage Brochure 2012

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Wales

2012-13

Cardiff Connections
Stunning scenery so close to the capital.

Gavin and Stacey
See what the TV duo loved about Barry Island.

It’s now or never!
Porthcawl’s Elvis Festival is the king of quirky events.

Nearest beaches for millions
And discover the sensational Heritage Coast.

Bridgend County and the Vale of Glamorgan. Two counties, one PROPER holiday.
Barry Island ı Bridgend ı Cowbridge ı Llantwit Major ı Maesteg ı Penarth ı Porthcawl

Dunraven Bay, Southerndown

Two counties One proper holiday
The Glamorgan Heritage Coast & Countryside combines two county areas; the Vale of Glamorgan and Bridgend, giving you a tasty blend of everything you want from a weekend break or holiday. We’ve got 28 miles of coastal scenery that lets you explore dramatic cliffs, golden family beaches, legendary villages, fascinating towns and ancient castles.
This brochure gives you a taste of everything on offer here, tips for some top days out, as well as a guide to the local accommodation. Stay in cosy places that will feel like a home from home, or others that will feel nothing like home. Unless, that is, you live in a Romany Caravan or a Railway Carriage.

Royal Porthcawl Golf Club

Capital connections

The Glamorgan Heritage Coast & Countryside is situated right between Cardiff and Swansea, and we fully understand that any visitor to South Wales will have these two cities at the top of their ‘to do’ list. But, while you are here to watch an international match at the Throughout the brochure you’ll notice our Millennium Stadium, a performance at the two websites www.bridgendbites.com and Wales Millennium Centre, or some top www.visitthevale.com. Both are full of class football, why not stay less than half extra information, photos and video clips an hour away among our stunning to help you find out more about the area countryside and coastline. and what you can do and see here.

Nearest beaches for millions
The traditional British seaside experience is alive and kicking in our two main beach resorts, Barry Island and Porthcawl. If you are looking for sandcastles and family fun in the sea, then both resorts tick every box. They are home to the nearest beaches for millions of people, and whatever time of year you visit, you are sure to have a fantastic time. Our beach life doesn’t stop there though. Escape the crowds and head off for a weekend along the protected Glamorgan

Whitmore Bay, Barry Island

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Bridgend Mashup

Rest Bay, Porthcawl

Heritage Coast where the coastline is both wild and wonderful and perfect for those who love the outdoors. You can use our beach guide to find out more, whether you want to go rock pooling with little ones, take part in water sports, or go for a windswept coastal walk with your dog.

Index Make the most of our coast Walk this way Get set for the seaside Beach guide Familiar to millions Sand, sea and surf All shook up! Talk of the towns Hidden histories The complete golf package Fancy a dirty weekend

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A little less conversation, a little more action…
Our towns all have their own unique reasons for you to visit them and are full of experiences that will stick long in the memory. None more so than the Porthcawl Elvis Festival, which turns the seaside town into a mecca to the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll! The Glamorgan Heritage Coast and Countryside is also an ideal place to take an activity break, such as a few days cycling, walking, surfing, or on the golf course. If you are keen on a golfing break then you will be impressed by our diverse range of Links and US-style parkland courses as well as a number of pitch and putt courses ideal for those picking up a club for the first time.

Out and About
To help you plan all of your days out, have a look at our Take 5 section, while you can also order a free copy of our ‘Out and About’ map and guide that will help you get even more out of your stay.

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Take 5
A1(M) M6

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M62 Holyhead M6 MANCHESTER

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Easily accessible Map
Harwich LONDON M2 Dover Channel Tunnel

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Bridgend County Vale of Glamorgan

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Our entire coastline spans a total 28 miles and at the heart of it is a particularly special 14-mile stretch that was awarded Heritage Coast status in 1972.

The Glamorgan Heritage Coast features dramatic cliffs, amazing rock formations, secluded romantic coves, all backed by rolling countryside. The unique characteristics and conditions of the seashore have resulted in a coastline that is home to a vast array of species, while it is also a real draw for bird-watchers who can look out for Bar-Tailed Godwits, Choughs, Fulmars and Peregrine Falcons. One of the best ways to explore the area, especially its most remote parts, is by lacing up your walking boots to tackle the Heritage Coast Path. The path begins in the east at Aberthaw, and lets you either look down on, or walk through, most of the area’s beaches. When you reach the stepping stones at Ogmore Castle, the path then leads you around one of the most fascinating landscapes in the UK – the Merthyr Mawr sand dunes.

The dunes are one of those places that, once visited, you will never forget. Be careful not to get lost as you explore the maze of pathways and dunes, in the closest place Wales has to a desert. Kids will love tumbling down the dunes, and don’t forget to take a sledge with you to ride down the Big Dipper, the biggest sand dune in Europe.

Peregrine Falcon

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Make the most of our coast

Dunraven Bay, Southerndown

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Wouldn’t change a thing!

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Pink Bay, Porthcawl

Walk this way
Improve your wellbeing and breathe in some striking surroundings with a walking holiday on the Glamorgan Heritage Coast and Countryside, and see Wales’ newest and biggest tourist attraction, the Wales Coast Path.
Covering 870 miles around the country’s coastline, the Wales Coast Path is the largest continuous coastal path in the world, and lets you enjoy Wales’ outdoor spaces to the max. We may be biased, but we are confident that you’ll find our stretch of the path to be one of the most appealing and exciting sections. Not only does it give casual walkers the chance to discover the pure relaxing pleasure of a coastal walk, but it also gives more serious walkers an invigorating experience as it overlooks such striking surroundings. As well as the Wales Coast Path, you’ll also find dozens of fantastic walking routes inland such as those that let you explore the forestry of the Llynfi Valley close to Maesteg, the wider Ogmore Valley and the Garw Valley too. You can also follow the Millennium Heritage Trail and our town trails while a number of well organised walking festivals are held locally too. To find out more, please visit our websites.
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Get set for the seaside
You are only ever minutes away from a beach in the Glamorgan Heritage Coast and Countryside, and they are all very different and well worth a visit. Go on, get some sand between your toes! Read on for our handy beach guide…

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Beach guide
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Golden sands that sweep up to a rocky shoreline which is backed by acres of common ground.

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A lovely sheltered sandy bay which stretches all the way round to Ogmore.

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Great for: Dogs! They are allowed on the beach all year round and the Beachcombers café allows dogs outside and will even provide water for your dog.

Great for: All sorts of water sports, particularly surfing. You’ll also find plenty of space to sunbathe and relax.

4 Sandy Bay, Porthcawl
A beautiful flat sandy bay sheltered by Porthcawl’s harbour.

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A wide sand and pebble beach. Access dependent on the tide level of the Ogmore river.

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Great for: Sunbathing, sandcastles, donkey rides and the Coney Beach Amusement Park. Porthcawl town centre and promenade are also nearby.

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Great for: Walks that will put colour in your cheeks, and exploring the nearby Merthyr Mawr sand dunes.

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The hidden jewel of Porthcawl’s beaches, this is a remote sandy beach which backs on to Kenfig National Nature Reserve.

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Great for: Surfing, kayaking and rock pooling with little ones.

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A rocky shore and rugged cliff scenery. Guided tours are available at nearby Nash Point lighthouse.

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Great for: Nature. Sker Beach is home to wild orchids, insects and wildlife. The beach is naturally unspoilt and has views across to Swansea and the Gower.

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This well sheltered sandy and rocky beach is close to excellent facilities for the family.

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2 Pink Bay, Porthcawl
A quieter pebble/sandy beach with rocks that have a unique pink marbling effect – hence the name Pink Bay. You can walk here from Rest Bay.

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Rock pools & sand with cliff top scenery.

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Great for: Families, as it is so close to the Trecco Bay Holiday Park, which is also open to the public.

Great for: Surfing and coastal walks all year round. The Heritage Coast path joins up with the beach and offers some amazing walks and views.

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A flat rock beach on a quiet part of the coast.

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A wide sandy beach close to cafés, attractions and amusement arcades.

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Great for: Walkers, ramblers and fishermen.

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Very rocky, next to Aberthaw Power Station.

Great for: Traditional seaside fun, fish and chips, ice cream, sandcastles and sunbathing. Beach wheelchairs available for hire during the summer from Tourist Information Centre.

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A small sandy bay with a footpath linking around to Whitmore Bay.

13 Fontygary Bay, Rhoose
A sheltered beach backed by cliffs. A mixture of sand, pebbles and rock pools.

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Great for: A quieter alternative to Whitmore Bay, with coastal walks.

Please be careful on our coast. There are many hidden dangers, with cliff falls a possibility and many beaches are tide-traps as the Bristol Channel has the second highest tidal range in the world. Watch out for any warnings and listen to the advice given by Lifeguards. For tide times please visit our websites. Please ensure that the coastline is maintained for the future by only leaving your footprints behind, and take any litter with you. Rockpool exploring is fun but the creatures and organisms found can often be damaged if exposed to the sun and wind. If you turn over a rock, remember to replace it the correct way up and don’t remove anything that is firmly attached to it.

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A wide pebble beach adjoining Porthkerry Country Park.

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A wide pebble beach with coastal walks nearby.

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Steps lead down from the esplanade to the beach, which is a mix of stone and shingle.

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Familiar to millions

The beach at Whitmore Bay

Smuggler’s Cove Crazy Golf

Generations have been enjoying the seaside fun and stunning beach of Whitmore Bay at Barry Island for many years.

If the sun is shining then stock up on ice cream or candy floss and enjoy the promenade, amusements, shops, funfair rides and beautiful sands. Or, if you’re wrapping up for a wintry walk at the seaside or along the nearby coastal paths, then don’t miss out on some of the finest coffee in South Wales to warm you up. There is plenty of car parking available at Barry Island, while the resort has its own train station which is linked to Cardiff Central.

During the summer you’ll find a huge variety of exciting free events taking place at Barry Island along the promenade or on the beach. Please go to www.visitthevale.com for details. Barry Island is also the home of the BBC TV comedy show Gavin and Stacey as many of the series’ most popular scenes were filmed there. The resort has become familiar to millions thanks to the show and fans will love seeing the real life ‘slots’ arcade where Stacey worked, Marco’s café and more.

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Make your own Gavin and Stacey tour
If you are a fan of Gavin, Nessa, Smithy and the rest of the gang that have put Barry Island firmly in the spotlight during the last few years, then you’ll want to visit some of the top filming locations that were used at Barry Island and the surrounding area. 1. Island Leisure Amusement Arcade, Western Shelter, Barry Island Nessa’s ‘slots’ arcade, where she worked in the first series. 2. Boofy’s Chip Shop, Western Shelter, Barry Island Gavin and Stacey's chippy of choice. 3. Marco’s Coffee and Ice Cream Bar, Barry Island Home of Peroni, the dog featured in the opening credits, and where Stacey works in the third series. 4. The Square, Barry Island This is where Dave’s Coaches left from to take Stacey to London to meet Gavin for the first time. 5. The Glendale Hotel, The Italian restaurant 'Luigi's', which was the scene of a dramatic meal in series two when Nessa revealed to the girls that she was pregnant... and the father is Smithy! 6. All Saint’s Church Hall, Victoria Road, Penarth The setting for Gwen’s Barn Dance birthday bash. 7. King Square, outside the Town Hall in Barry Nessa’s human statue took Gwen and Jason by surprise. 8. Trinity Street, Barry This is the street on which Gwen, Stacey, Doris and Uncle Bryn all lived. 9. The Tadross Hotel, 271 Holton Road, Barry This was used for the christening of Neil, the baby, in the third series. 10. St Peter’s Church, Peterston-Super-Ely Used as the venue for Nessa and Dave’s wedding that never was.

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Ice creams on the promenade

Rides and amusements galore!

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Porthcawl Promenade

Sand, sea and surf
This adrenaline packed seaside resort of Porthcawl on the Heritage coast and Swansea Bay can easily be found just off the M4 at J37 between Cardiff in the east and Swansea in the west. A great place for a holiday, a few days away or to take a break on your journey. Waves, sand and laughter
Well known for its water sports beaches, get away from it all on Sker Beach, surf the breakers at Rest Bay, build a sandcastle with the family at Sandy Bay or sail/kayak on the calmer waters of Newton Bay, here you can also take your dog for a walk on the beach any day of the year. Porthcawl is a mecca for the adventurer, from beginner to expert try you hand at wind, board or kite surfing, scuba diving, kayaking, yachting, jet skiing or wake boarding. Need some tuition, there are many local water sports operators to assist you.

World class golf with a view
The golf is special as well Royal Porthcawl an 18 hole links course has an enviable reputation as one of the leading courses in the world, it hugs the coast with great sea views from most holes and provides a real test of your golfing skills. Close by is Pyle and Kenfig Golf Club 18 holes, glorious views on an undulating links course with natural hazards of hillocks, valleys and towering dunes. For something a little different play the Grove Golf Club a 18 hole parkland course.

Rest Bay, Porthcawl

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Splashing Time

Coney Beach Pleasure Park

Back to nature
Fancy an invigorating walk then try out 11 miles of trails that start at the mouth of the river Ogmore and skirt around Merthyr Mawr sand dunes. You can continue this walk past Newton Bay, Porthcawl, Rest Bay and finish at Sker beach. This walk forms part of the new Wales Coastal footpath which runs along the length of the Glamorgan Heritage Coast.

Memories of your holiday
Need to buy a present, the town centre has a pedestrian shopping area where you will find plenty of places to buy your holiday gifts or treats for the family. Have a bite to eat or drink, the continental coffees taste even better as you watch the rolling waves on the seashore.

Whatever time of the year you decide to visit there are some While at Sker don’t forget to visit Kenfig National Nature Reserve amazing quirky events taking place in Porthcawl. We have every and try out the new family trail at Kenfig Pool. Read the story to your kind of music from the Celtic Festival in March to Jazz on the children and follow the interactive map, can you spot the wildlife? Beach in April. There are also surfing and cycling competitions and don’t forget the internationally renowned Porthcawl Elvis Fun for all the family Festival in September. We even have a Christmas morning swim! For extra fun and excitement don’t miss out on Sandy Bay, which is backed by the rides and funfair thrills of Coney Beach Pleasure Park. Families will also enjoy the range of facilities that are on offer at the Trecco Bay Holiday Park complex, including an indoor swimming pool, play centre and various entertainment venues. If entertainment is your enjoyment then the Grand Pavilion on the seafront, has popular shows, live music, comedians to entertain you throughout the year.

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Porthcawl Elvis Festival

The Glamorgan Heritage Coast and Countryside is building up a reputation for hosting some of the most exciting, quirky and fun events in the UK, and none more so than the Porthcawl Elvis Festival.

Elvis definitely isn’t dead. Visit Porthcawl during September and you will spot ‘The King’ everywhere! You’ll see any number of quiffs and sideburns, plenty of blue suede shoes, and all shapes and sizes squeezing into their finest Elvis jumpsuits. Eight years ago a local promoter who wanted to help secure the future of the Grand Pavilion in Porthcawl decided to stage an award show for Elvis Tribute Artists. Venues such as The Hi Tide and The Brentwood rallied around the event and helped create a festival weekend which has now grown to be, officially, the largest Elvis festival in the World. Hundreds of fans get dressed up and make sweet music in the town every year to pay homage to their hero. It’s a unique, and sometimes surreal, event that is perfect entertainment for a weekend away. There are shows galore during the festival at a number of venues across Porthcawl, including ‘The Elvies’, the leading award show for Elvis Tribute Acts. See if you agree with the judges as they pick out the winners of awards such as ‘Best Vegas Elvis’, ‘Best Newcomer’, ‘Best Gold Lame Jacket’, ‘Best Young Elvis’ and ‘Best Festival

Elvis’. If you get carried away with it all, and your voice matches the quality of your outfit, then why not get all shook up and sing at one of the open-mic events. It’s now or never! Then, when Elvis has left the building there are all of these events to enjoy as well…

A food festival with a difference
The ‘Bridgend Feastival’ shows off the best in local food and drink, but does so with a smile. Your tastebuds will definitely be tickled by the sight of the cookery demos, tasting tents and food stands that sprawl around the town centre’s streets, while you’ll also enjoy a chuckle at seeing some food-related entertainment. Previous Feastival highlights include a 10-foot tall sheep made out of cauliflowers, portraits that were created with marmite on toast, a leek lobbing competition, an egg drop, and a leaning tower of pizza. Who knows what spectacular culinary delights will be store at the next Feastival?

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The home of Welsh culture
There may be a small event or two going on in London in the summer of 2012, but for us all eyes will be on Llandow in the Vale of Glamorgan between August 4 – 11 for the National Eisteddfod of Wales. It is truly one of the world’s greatest festivals and attracts visitors from across the globe, all keen to soak up the week-long fest of culture, music, literature, visual arts and activities. The Eisteddfod is a travelling festival which belongs to the people of Wales, and visits a different part of the country each year. It’s a big honour for the Vale of Glamorgan to host the Eisteddfod in 2012, and it’s the first time that the county has held the event since it came to Barry in 1968.

A matter of good taste
See Cowbridge at its most vibrant during the town’s annual food and drink festival. Created in 2004 out of the 750th anniversary celebration of the town’s original founding, the festival now attracts more than 15,000 visitors who pour into the town’s streets over a weekend at the end of October. Foodies among you will relish the delights of cooking demos, drinks talks, a champagne marquee, street entertainment, over 80 exhibitors and much much more.

Show time
Both the Vale of Glamorgan and Bridgend Agricultural Shows provide a great chance for the local farming community to come together and celebrate some of the best quality livestock in Wales. Both shows draw in the crowds by featuring competitions, displays, trade and craft stands, showjumping, and general fun for all the family. The Vale Show is a one-day event held during August on the grounds of Fonmon Castle, while the Bridgend Show is a weekend affair which takes place in Pencoed during July. And that’s not all. There’s also the Penarth Summer Festival, the Beyond the Border storytelling festival at St Donats Arts Centre, a number of walking festivals, regular events at Dyffryn Gardens, summer events at Barry Island, and loads more. You can also see some great shows and entertainment throughout the year at our local theatres such as the Grand Pavilion in Porthcawl, the Memorial Hall in Barry, Maesteg Town Hall and Blaengarw Workmen’s Hall. To find out full details, dates and times of all our events please visit our websites.

Got a funny feeling?
Join in with ‘Bridgend Giggles’ for all things funny! The annual comedy festival takes place at some of the area’s finest venues each autumn, with events including stand up performances, talent competitions, and gurning contests, while if you fancy putting together your own comedy routine you can do so at an open mic night.

Christmas crackers
Join dozens of other runners at the Merthyr Mawr Christmas Pudding Run, usually held annually on the weekend before Christmas. A gruelling 10k route over the sand dunes and the hilly local terrain of Ogmore-by-Sea makes for a challenging, but extremely fun day out. You will definitely feel as though you have earned your Christmas pud after this! Another fun event is the Christmas Morning Swim at Porthcawl, where swimmers of all ages brave the icy sea. Why? Join them to find out!

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Ogmore Valley

Bridgend
Stop off at the Bridgend Designer Outlet at junction 36 of the M4 for a break or visit you must make in any weather. Be tempted by nearly 100 top branded stores offering better discounts than their usual high street versions. Get your designer clothing and household items from stores including Next, Marks & Spencer, Billabong, Ted Baker, FCUK, Nike, Adidas and more. It’s also a particularly good place to go if you are looking for leisure clothing and to get all your outdoor walking and camping gear. When you are unable to enjoy the great outdoors, catch a film at the Odeon, the area’s largest cinema complex. There is plenty of parking available, as well as a good choice of food options. Just a few miles north is the One Historic Garden Bryngarw House and Country Park, with 113 acres of beautiful walks, waymarked nature trails, open spaces, and a year round calendar of events with art, crafts, historic and music festivals. Wander around the picturesque Oriental garden before calling into Bryngarw House for a well-earned drink, break or meal. The House is more than 200 years old and with 19 bedrooms you get a great deal for a short break at any time of the year. Bridgend is overlooked by the ruins of Newcastle and offers traditional traffic free shopping, an indoor market and fine Italian cafés and restaurants. Many people believe that the town took its name from the 1425 Old Bridge which was built across the river Ogmore, and the many more modern bridges and a new river walkway provide a way around town and an innovating walk to the sea along the river. Bridgend is now famous for the quirky style events that happen throughout the year, such as Mash Up in the spring, Giggles in the summer, Feastival in the autumn and the Elfsteddfod just before Christmas, all ensuring visitors an experience to remember.

Garw Valley carnival

Blaengarw heritage sculpture

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Barry
The port of Barry dates back to the late 19th century, and at its peak in 1913 more than 11 million tonnes of coal a year were exported from there. A reminder of the town’s industrial past can be seen with the large viaduct that stands within Porthkerry Country Park, a beautiful park with 220 acres of green countryside and woodland. The park leads down to the seashore and the pebbly Knap beach, with the nearby harp-shaped Knap lake the perfect place for a family picnic. Barry has a busy schedule of events throughout the year, and has two main shopping areas - High Street to the west and Holton Road in the town centre. The town’s waterfront area is currently undergoing regeneration, with a number of exciting projects in the pipeline.

Porthkerry Country Park

Blaengarw
Drive along the only road or cycle the gentle graded Garw Valley community route to a small town at the head of the valley. At its heart, the historic Blaengarw Workman's Hall hosts regular live shows throughout the year. Mingle with the locals, visit the Garw Carnival and Rural Fair in August, walk one of the many scenic trails, and learn about the tales of the Valleys. Discover who wrote Welsh hymn Calon Lan then enjoy a Welsh tea in the café. For the more active, new Mountain Bike trails from blue (easy) to black (difficult) will be ready for the summer 2012 from the Calon Lan car park.
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Penarth Marina

Cowbridge
One of South Wales’ most fashionable places, rural Cowbridge is full of sophisticated shops and plays host to a fantastic food and drink festival each autumn. If you like to shop in style then you’ll love Cowbridge High Street. The town is often referred to as the Bond Street of Wales and has numerous unique, family-owned shops selling up-market clothes for men and women as well as jewellery, leather goods, shoes, antiques and crafts.

The imposing church of St Illtud now stands on this site and contains a collection of Celtic crosses and carved stones, many of which are older than the church itself. Other historic sites in the town include Iron Age hill forts, a Roman villa, fine Tudor buildings and a Medieval Grange. Despite having grown in recent years, this coastal town still retains its air of antiquity with its maze of little lanes, narrow streets and old inns. Llantwit Major’s beach has some amazing cliff-top scenery. It is a great place to start or finish a coastal walk, and is also popular with surfers.

Physic Garden, Cowbridge

Eating out in Cowbridge is always a treat, whether you’re looking for a lunchtime bite or a three-course meal. The town has a wealth of history dating back to Roman Maesteg times, while the South Gate on Town Mill Road shows the only surviving gateway of Travel north from the M4 and the scenery the original walled town. changes as the visitor is greeted with the steep sided valleys and mountains of the It is an extremely rare example of Heritage Hills within the Valleys Regional medieval town gates in Glamorgan and Park. dates from the early 14th century. Cowbridge’s historic past is further reflected in its present day buildings, which add to the interest and character of the town. The area around High Street is a pleasure to explore while the Cowbridge Physic Garden is a tranquil place to relax. At their centre is the ancient market town of Maesteg, standing at the head of the Llynfi Valley. The town’s origins can be traced back to the establishment of ironmaking in the late 1820s, and the area also has a justly proud heritage of supplying coal. There is still plenty to remind us of the proud industrial age, but now you will find a very different landscape. Vast areas of forest now provide fantastic walking and cycling routes with magnificent views in every direction.

Llantwit Major
The most important early Christian settlement in Wales was at Llantwit Major, where St Illtud founded a church and religious school in around 500AD.

St Illtud’s Church, Llantwit Major

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Penarth Pier

Maesteg Town Centre

Maesteg also has an interesting claim to fame in that the first official performance of the Welsh National Anthem was at Maesteg’s Tabor Chapel in 1856. Miss Elizabeth John performed the song which was composed in Pontypridd by father and son, Evan and James James. Maesteg Town Hall continues the tradition with many popular entertainment acts throughout the year.

There are plenty of ways to improve your health and wellbeing in Penarth. For example, why not lose yourself for a few hours in the peaceful surroundings of Cosmeston Lakes Country Park. Open all year round, the park has easily accessible paths and is a haven for local wildlife.

Further scenic views can be found from Penarth Cliff Top, where you can look out towards Flat Holm Island. During the For the more active a new international summer months you can also take to the BMX track at Caerau will tempt bikers of all sea to explore the Bristol Channel on board abilities to a turn around the track. Then the historic Balmoral cruise ship or cycle or walk down the new community Waverley paddle steamer from Penarth route to Maesteg admiring the scenery Pier. and artworks, following the route of the Penarth Marina is just across the water Dyffryn Llynfi Porthcawl railway. from Cardiff Bay, and if you are visiting the capital for a show or sporting fixture, Penarth then you can get there in minutes from Penarth by walking or cycling across the Penarth’s Victorian and Edwardian Barrage or by taking a water-taxi. founders created a resort of great elegance and beauty, and the present day town is just as full of charm and character. Tread the boards of the 658 foot long Penarth Pier, which is quintessentially British and oozing with nostalgia. Built in 1895, it is reminiscent of more gentle times and is one of only two surviving pleasure piers in South Wales, the other being Mumbles. In addition to the Pier, the rest of Penarth’s seafront is also home to a graceful Esplanade, beautiful gardens, restaurants and cafes. It’s the perfect place for a stroll and it is only a short uphill walk back to the town centre.

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Dyffryn Gardens, St Nicholas

Hidden histories
Thanks to the passion of local heritage enthusiasts, the historic secrets and tales that span the length and breadth of the Glamorgan Heritage Coast and Countryside have recently been dusted off and brought to life in a way fit for the 21st century.
Visit the interactive ‘Explore and More’ touch-screen kiosks at Dyffryn Gardens Visitor Centre, Cowbridge High Street, St Illtud’s Church in Llantwit Major and the Water Mill pub near Bridgend, and you can watch a series of short films that delve deep into the fascinating stories behind many of the castles, churches and ancient sites that can be visited in the area. Here is a taste of what you can uncover… Imagine the battles that were fought at St Quentin’s Castle near Cowbridge, picture the imposing presence that Newcastle would have had, gazing down on the dwellers of Bridgend. Or marvel at the impressive architecture of Beaupre Castle (shown below) or the scale of St Donats Castle, the largest continually inhabited castle in Wales and steeped in over 800 years of history. Another grand castle is found at Coity. Founded by the knight Payn de Turberville this was an important seat of Norman influence in South Wales. The castle’s extensive ruins date back to the 14th century and include tall walls, towers and a gatehouse.

The key to our castles
Clues to how significant the Glamorgan Heritage Coast and Countryside was as a source of wealth and power are visible today in the number of castles and fortified houses that were built in the area.

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You can also wander around the remains of Ogmore Castle, idyllically situated next to the river. The castle, which was established by King William 1, was first built as an earth and timber structure, and later replaced with stone, the remains of which you can explore today.

Village people
History hunters will also love to see and touch how life was in 14th century Wales at Cosmeston Medieval Village near Penarth. You can become immersed in 1350 by taking a stroll around the village or opt for an audio tour. The feel of the village is so authentic that it has been used as a filming location for the BBC TV show ‘Merlin’.

experience an extraordinary range of designs including Italiante influences at its Pomperian Garden, to the rockery, fountains, formal lawns, glass house, a pretty rose garden, and an extensive Arboretum featuring trees from all over the world. Late in 2012 parts of the house are planned to be fully restored to their original splendour, and open to the public.

A house ahead of its years
One Historic Garden Bryngarw House and Country Park was renovated by a Victorian industrialist who had travelled extensively in the Far East, bringing back rare and exotic plants and antiques. The Japanese gardens close to the house are a good example of how these plants were used. The house was altered and extended when Morgan Popkin Traherne married and undertook the 1830 renovation. The household was quite advanced for its time in that it generated its own electricity, while the picturesque surroundings later came alive with the sound of music when orchestra and piano recitals were performed outdoors on the lawn, as O.P. Traherne (Morgan's successor) was a keen music lover. He also loved hunting and fishing and played host to royalty who visited the park for hunting weekends.

“Are you ready?”
With these words a message in Morse Code was tapped out from Flat Holm Island in the Bristol Channel and received by a young Italian, Guglielmo Marconi at Lavernock Point, a headland two miles south of Penarth. It was 13th May 1897 and Marconi had successfully received the first ever radio transmission over water, ably assisted by George Kemp, a Post Office Engineer from Cardiff. The modern age of wireless communication owes much to that remarkable day on the Glamorgan Heritage Coast and Countryside.

A garden for all seasons
Only a few miles from Cardiff are the Grade One listed gardens of Dyffryn House which show off the best in Edwardian garden design. The historic House and Gardens allow visitors to

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Atmospheric Churches
Ewenny Priory is the most complete Norman church in South Wales and one of the finest examples of a fortified church building in Europe. It is thought that it was completed in 1126 and it stands today as an extraordinary monument to Norman power and Christian devotion. In 1141 it became a Priory of the Benedictine Abbey of St Peter, Gloucester. Other atmospheric churches include St Illtud’s in Llantwit Major, which at over 1500 years old is one of the oldest Christian sites in the UK. Visitors can also admire wall paintings, memorials, carvings and a collection of Celtic crosses.

chamber required engineering skill and resourcefulness that is astounding even today, revealing much about the incredible ingenuity of our Neolithic ancestors.

The spirits aren’t only behind the bar…
One of the area’s oldest pubs, the Plough and Harrow near Monknash, has served as a hostelry since 1383. But that was not the only role that this famous inn has played. Before it was an inn, the building was a grange established by a monastery, but as the years passed it is said to have been implicated in the arts of shipwrecking. The ‘Wreckers of Wick’ were a band of local rogues, reputed to have tied lanterns around the necks of sheep that grazed near the cliff tops. When darkness fell, ship’s captains were lured into believing that they were nearing the docks of Cardiff Bay or Barry, only to find their vessels run aground on the treacherous Nash sandbank.

There’s old. There’s really old. And there’s Tinkinswood.

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For a magical tale or two, history hunters should head to the Burial Chambers (shown below) at Tinkinswood and St Lythans. Standing just outside the village of St Nicholas, the Tinkinswood Megalithic With the cargo looted, the bodies of the Burial Chamber was built in 4000BC, dead sailors were said to have been making it even older than Stonehenge. brought to the Plough and Harrow – either by the monks or by the wreckers – It is unclear why 6000 years ago a 36before they were buried. To this day, the tonne capstone measuring around nine pub is said to be haunted by a number of metres long and four metres wide was brought to Tinkinswood to create a burial restless spirits. chamber to honour the dead. Building the

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St Donats Castle

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The ancient Welsh tradition of the Mari Llwyd also has close links to the village. The ancient custom marks the passing of The old hilltop village of Llangynwyd is the darkest days of mid-Winter and home to many historic tales and customs. involves animal skulls, songs and rhymes. One story centres around the poet and Llangynwyd is one of the few remaining bard Will Hopcyn, who was born there in places where the tradition can still be seen the 1700s. Will’s ill fated love of local maid in its purest form every New Year’s Eve. Ann Thomas is said to be the basis of the old Welsh legend, ‘The Maid of Cefn Ydfa’. For more stories from yesteryear, order a The story goes that Ann’s parents didn’t copy of our Fascinating Towns and approve of the romance and forbid her to Legendary Villages handbook – see page see Will. Ann was then forced to marry 35 for details. another man against her wishes and died pining for Will, her true love. Both Will and Ann are buried in the Llangynwyd churchyard and the cross between the church and The Old House is a memorial to Will.

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Royal Porthcawl Golf Club

The complete golf package
In the Glamorgan Heritage Coast and Countryside we do golf in every different way imaginable. You can enjoy the ultimate golfing experience that will suit you to a tee, however you want to play. Golfing breaks are available for most courses, while others welcome you to pay and play. Big and little hitters
Kids of all ages who fancy some quick golfing fun should head for a game of crazy golf at either Barry Island’s piratethemed ‘Smuggler’s Cove’ course or Trecco Bay in Porthcawl. You can sharpen up your short game on our nine-hole public courses such as the ones at Porthkerry Country Park in Barry and Griffin Park in Porthcawl, both of which are ideal for budding Rory McIllroys making early steps in the game. Big and little hitters can also practise their swings at floodlit driving ranges such as those found at the Bridgend Golf Complex and St Andrew’s Major Golf Club, among others.

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also find a clubhouse that is arguably the finest 19th hole in the country. A golfing break at the Vale Resort lets you play two luxurious courses. At 7,433 yards long, the immaculate ‘Wales National’ is one of the largest courses this side of the Atlantic, while the ‘Lake course’ is dominated by a 20 acre lake and has water coming into play on 12 holes.

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You’ll be tested and delighted in equal measures by our selection of 18-hole courses. Brave the natural elements and the unique challenges of one of the best British links course at Royal Porthcawl. The course is currently ranked twelfth in the world and will host the British Seniors Open in 2014. At Royal Porthcawl you will 26 www.bridgendbites.com

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Fancy a dirty weekend?
If you like the sound of activities such as mountain biking, horse riding, paintballing and quad biking then get your heart pounding with an activity break in the Glamorgan Heritage Coast and Countryside. Adrenaline seekers had best stay somewhere with a washing machine after a weekend of this… Wheelies and whoops
A former mining site near Maesteg has been completely transformed into Wales’ first national-standard BMX bike track. Thirty years after the Coegnant Colliery at Caerau was mined for the final time, the earth has been moved in a different way to create a brand new facility where you can experience one of the most modern and exciting Olympic sports. Seven thousand tonnes of soil has been shifted to build the Llynfi BMX track, where riders of all ages and abilities can take their bikes with them to race around a circuit of challenging ‘berms’ and ‘whoops’ – BMX talk for ‘bends’ and ‘jumps’.
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your family bikes and meander along the many local cycle routes and trails. On two wheels is also one of the best ways to see our coastline, as most of our beaches are linked by country roads and lanes. If you’re better on four wheels, then race your friends and family on the fast straights and hairpin bends of the South Wales Karting Centre in Llandow or Race Hire Indoor Karting near Bridgend.

Llynfi BMX Track

Some of those jumps are over two metres high, and friends and family can watch all Turn it up a notch of all of the thrills and spills from the many spectator areas at the venue. Switching up the adrenaline levels even further, the ‘Adventures Activity Centre’ Two wheels or four? near Porthcawl lets you have a go at several high octane sports. Whizz through Show your mountain bike some real the mud by getting to grips with a quad action in the forests and heritage hills bike, or conquer your fear of heights by north of Bridgend, such as the new trails tackling the high ropes course, climbing leading from Blaengarw, or dust down tower and aerial zip slide.

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Kite Surfing, Rest Bay

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Sharp shooters can also take a shot in the centre’s purpose-built ‘Speedball’ arena, while further paintball action can also be enjoyed with Task Force, just off the A48 near Cowbridge.

Surf and turf
We’ve already mentioned the excellent surfing conditions, and our coastline is also ideal for trying your hand at bushcraft, scuba diving, rock climbing and sea kayaking. You don’t need to be super-fit, just be ready to try something new! You can also explore the coast and countryside on horseback, with local riding centres catering for riders of all ages and experience levels.

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Whitmore Bay, Barry Island

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Take 5
Whether you’ve got a car full of kids to keep entertained, want to make back-up plans for a rainy day, or are on the look-out for a unique experience during your visit, here are ideas of some of the best places to go and things to do. This is only a snapshot though – further inspiration can be found on our websites. Please refer to page 34 for all attraction telephone numbers and websites.

Top 5 for little ones
• Go for a swim at Splashland, the indoor swimming complex at Trecco Bay Holiday Park in Porthcawl, which is open to the public. • Have fun on the rides along the promenade at Barry Island followed by a paddle in the sea. • Take a trip to see the farm animals at the Amelia Trust Farm near Barry. It’s a working farm with a variety of livestock, and entrance is free.

Top 5 for culture
• See a performance at the St Donats Arts Centre. It’s a unique venue within the grounds of a medieval castle overlooking the sea. • Visit Ecodysgu in Tondu, a centre for alternative therapy and traditional crafts, willow weaving and woodland jewellery. • Enjoy live shows all year round at the Grand Pavilion in Porthcawl, Maesteg Town Hall and the Memorial Hall and Theatre in Barry.

• After an hour or so at one of the local indoor play centres, such as Adventure • Visit Coed Hills Rural Artspace, Wales’ leading venue for art in the Island in Barry Island or Wigglies environment. Farm Park in Bridgend, children are sure to sleep all the way home! • Movie buffs can enjoy a cinematic experience with a twist by watching a • Walk around the picturesque film against the backdrop of the Wilderness Lake in Porthcawl. It’s a Glamorgan Heritage Coast at the unique hidden gem where you can feed the Cinema by the sea in Southerndown. ducks.

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Bridgend Feastival

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Top 5 on a rainy day
• Stock up on popcorn and watch a film at the Odeon Cinema, next to the Bridgend Designer Outlet by junction 36 of the M4. • Hit the shops at the Bridgend Designer Outlet. There are top name stores and bargains galore. • Go quad biking at the Adventures Activity Centre near Porthcawl. The rain will only add to the mud! • Practice your sharp shooting at Wales’ number one Quasar centre in Barry Island. You can battle it out in the specially designed indoor arena. • Brave the weather with a day at the beach. Good fun, whatever the weather!

Top 5 fun for free
• Cross the stepping stones at Ogmore Castle. Great fun and great scenery, but not so great if you fall in the river! • Take the family back to your childhood with a sand sledging day at Merthyr Mawr sand dunes. • Cycle or walk along the spectacular barrage from Penarth Marina to Cardiff Bay, and take in some amazing views of the Millennium Centre and Millennium Stadium. • Walk a section of the Heritage Coast, part of the newly unveiled 870-milelong Wales Coast Path.

Top 5 for something different
• Learn how to survive in the wild with Wild Spirit Bushcraft, based at Merthyr Mawr. • Go potty at the Ewenny Craft Centre, the oldest family-run pottery in Wales. Watch the experts at work, or ‘throw’ a pot for yourself. • Get involved in one of our quirky events! One of the most unique is the Elfsteddfod in Bridgend town centre at Christmas time where we try to gather together as many people dressed as elves as possible!

• How many people does it take to change a light bulb in a lighthouse? And • Many of our events are free, such as the just how big are those bulbs? Find out Feastival in Bridgend and the summer by taking a tour of Nash Point programme of events at Barry Island. lighthouse. • Take an open doors tour around Hut 9, the prisoner of war camp at Island Farm, Bridgend.

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Cosmeston Lakes Country Park

Coity Castle

Llanerch Vineyard

Top 5 for nature
• A natural lake is set on the edge of a beautiful sand dune system at the Kenfig National Nature Reserve. The wetlands and scrub are home to wild orchids, butterflies and birds, and the reserve is situated where the town of Kenfig once stood, before it succumbed to the sands in the 1400s.

Top 5 for grown-ups
• Wine and dine in one of our rustic country pubs or award winning restaurants such as The Fig Tree in Penarth. • Enjoy a pampering day of relaxing health treatments at the Vale Hotel Golf & Spa Resort or Coed y Mwstwr Hotel, Coychurch.

Top 5 castles
• Originally the stronghold of a major Norman lordship, Coity Castle managed to withstand a battering from Owain Glyndwr in 1404 and was eventually abandoned at the end of the 16th century. • You’d be hard pushed to find a more idyllic setting than Ogmore Castle. Situated beside the river, the castle was built to guard a strategic fording point.

• Look out for the nature themed events at Dyffryn Gardens such as bat nights, • Spend time at Llanerch Vineyard, Wales’ oldest and largest commercial autumn tree-gazing walks and the vineyard. With woodland walks, • Occupied as a home since the fungal foray where you can learn about vineyard tours, and wine tastings, you thirteenth century, Fonmon Castle is Dyffryn’s varied mushroom population. can work up an appetite for a delicious a magnificent Medieval Castle. A guided • At Warren Mill Farm near Cowbridge lunch, or a traditional high tea with a tour of this property is a must. you’ll find farm animals, a play area, and local flavour. Food lovers can also • The remains of an early Norman castle walks through unspoilt countryside, all indulge in a course at the new cookery stand proudly on a hill dominating situated around a natural four acre school. Bridgend town. Look out for coarse lake. Newcastle’s richly carved decoration • Cruise down the Bristol Channel, go on the south gateway. • Visit Cosmeston Lakes Country across to England or tour a remote Park and stride along the boardwalk island onboard the traditional cruise through tall bulrushes and reed beds or ship, ‘The Balmoral’, or the world’s last • Surrounded by woodland and the shifting sands of Merthyr Mawr, the wander the fine broad-leaved sea-going Paddle Steamer ‘The remains of Candleston Castle are woodland to see a variety of birds, Waverley’. Both sail from Penarth Pier particularly romantic. The castle was foxes and other creatures in their and Porthcawl harbour during the once a 14th century fortified manor natural habitat. summer months. house and was inhabited until the last century by the powerful Cantelupe • Nature trails, bird hides and paths let • Pop into Cardiff. The capital is just on family. you discover Parc Slip Nature Park’s our doorstep and any stay in the unique environment of wetlands, Glamorgan Heritage Coast and woodlands and meadows. Countryside isn’t complete without a visit to Cardiff.

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Ogmore Valley

Top 5 for teenagers
• Choose from loads of activities such as quad biking, climbing and speedball at the Adventures Activity Centre near Porthcawl. • Get on board and learn how to surf at one of the many local surfing academies. • Ride Wales’ first national-standard BMX bike track at Coegnant, Caerau. The Llynfi BMX track features a starting hill, 90 degree turns and a variety of jumps. • Go horse riding along the beach with the Ogmore Riding Centre. Complete novices welcome, and experienced riders too. • Whizz around the track at the South Wales Karting Centre, Llandow. The circuit is 870m long and is the only fully floodlit outdoor Kart circuit in Wales.

Top 5 parks
• Based around a former 1780’s Ironworks, Bedford Park in Cefn Cribwr contains fascinating country walks and easy to follow nature trails.

Top 5 spectacular views
• Barry Island is best known for Whitmore Bay beach, but don’t miss out on the amazing views you can get if you walk to the tip of Friars Point at the western end of the beach.

• Porthkerry Country Park in Barry is a spacious park next to the sea with an • The view across the Llynfi Valley from imposing viaduct. The park has plenty of Llangynwyd is absolutely breathtaking. woodland, a pitch and putt golf course, • The Bwlch has excellent views on a café, and open meadows perfect for a clear day of the Ogmore Valley to the kick-about. south and in the distance the Vale of • Bryngarw Country Park contains Glamorgan and the sea. To the north woodlands, water features, formal you can also see the historic mining gardens, nature trails and plenty of open valleys of the Rhondda and Cynon and spaces for children to run and play, the Brecon Beacons in the distance. including an adventure playground. • From the top of Blaengarw on the • One of the most popular parks in South ridgeway you can look down the Garw Wales, Cosmeston Lakes Country Valley at ancient woodlands, conifer Park is easy to walk around as it is flat, forests, and moorland. with lots to explore, a play area and café too. It’s also a fantastic spot for a picnic. • If you walk down from the Plough and Harrow pub, along the track through the woods you will reach Monknash beach. • At the Garw Fechan Forest Park, From here you will be treated to some miles of forestry stretch from the Garw of the finest views of the Heritage Valley to the Llynfi Valley in Maesteg. Coast’s cliffs and amazing rock It’s a great place for walking, cycling and formations. orienteering, with breathtaking views.

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Barry Hotels
Mount Sorrel Hotel H2
A traditional hotel offering a warm and friendly welcome, in an ideal location to explore the Vale and Heritage coastline. Only eight miles from the cosmopolitan city of Cardiff, with local train station within 5 minute walk and Cardiff Airport a short drive away. Free entry into our indoor pool. Free Wi-Fi. Discos some weekends please enquire.

Bridgend Hotels
Best Western Heronston Hotel D4
Best Western Heronston Hotel is a perfect venue to explore the whole of Southern Wales; situated between the capital city of Cardiff and the cosmopolitan city of Swansea plus only minutes from the dramatic Glamorgan Heritage Coastline. Excellent restaurant and bar plus leisure facilities. Nearby golf, horse riding, cycling and walking.

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Single: from £57.45 to £86.45 Double: from £73.40 to £152.90 Family: from £83.40 to £168.80 No of Rooms: 42, (42 en-suite) Open: 1-12 Special short breaks (seasonal and subject to availability), Please contact us for details.

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Porthkerry Road, Barry, Vale of Glamorgan CF62 7XY % (01446) 740069 7 (01446) 746600 ; reservations@mountsorrel.co.uk 4 www.bw-mountsorrelhotel.co.uk

Ewenny Road, Bridgend CF35 5AW % (01656) 668811 7 (01656) 767391 ; reception@bestwesternheronstonhotel.co.uk 4 www.bw-heronstonhotel.co.uk

Bridgend Hotels
Bryngarw House D6
Bryngarw House nestling in 113 acres of country parkland. Each of the nineteen bedrooms is en suite and has its own unique style, direct dial telephones, television, trouser press, hairdryer and hospitality tray. Award winning restaurant for evening meals, Sunday lunches and special occasions. Eat - Drink - Relax - Enjoy - Sleep

Court Colman Manor

C5

At Court Colman, you'll be treated as a friend coming to stay, not just a traveller passing through. A family home until just a few decades ago, it still feels like one, so you can be assured of a warm welcome. Nestled at the foot of the Garw Valley, it’s a peaceful retreat but easily accessible from the M4 or rail mainline. The 30 comfortable bedrooms are complimented by the award winning Bokhara Brasserie which was voted the best curry restaurant in Wales in 2009 & 2011 at the British Curry Awards.

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Single: from £55 Double: from £70 Family: from £130 No of Rooms: 19, (19 en-suite)

Bryngarw Country Park, Brynmenyn, Bridgend CF32 8UU % (01656) 729009 7 (01656) 729007 ; bryngarw.house@bridgend.gov.uk 4 www.bryngarwhouse.co.uk

Pen-y-fai, Bridgend CF31 4NG % (01656) 720212 ; experience@court-colman-manor.com 4 www.court-colman-manor.com

Single: from £55 to £70 Double: from £75 to £160 Family: from £95 to £105 Executive Suites: from £110 No of Rooms: 30, (30 en-suite)

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Coed Y Mwstwr Hotel

E5
Few settings are more tranquil than this secluded Victorian mansion, perched on a Welsh hillside and set in 17 acres of woodland. The perfect base for exploring the Heritage Coast. On your return enjoy our awardwinning two rosette Eliot Restaurant or take advantage of our leisure club with a fully equipped gym, sauna and steam room.

The Great House

C4
A beautiful 15th century manor house renovated to the highest standards. Easy access to the M4 between Cardiff and Swansea near to the Heritage Coast and championship golf. A warm friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Great food in our award winning restaurant using the finest local and organic products.

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Coychurch, Bridgend CF35 6AF

Single: from £85 Double: from £125 Family: from £175 No of Rooms: 12, (12 en-suite) Open: 1-12

High Street, Laleston, Bridgend CF35 5AW % Tel: (01656) 657644 ; enquiries@great-house-laleston.co.uk 4 www.great-house-laleston.co.uk

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Bridgend Hotels
Masons Arms Hotel D6

Cowbridge Hotels
Bear Hotel F3
Relax in this 16th Century coaching inn boasting roaring log fires, fine home cooked food, individually designed bedrooms and a warm Welsh welcome. Dine in the unique stone vaulted restaurant, lounge, Real Ale bar or Oscars. Within easy reach of the M4, a perfect base for shopping, sightseeing or touring this beautiful part of Wales.

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The Masons Arms Hotel is a well established family run hotel and has historically served the local community and visitors alike over the years with true Welsh hospitality. The beautiful air conditioned restaurant is highly commended and provides elegant surroundings to enjoy the excellent cuisine locally sourced. The delightful individually dressed bedrooms have been designed for utmost comfort and convenience. Ideally located one mile off M4, junction 36, two minutes from Bridgend Designer Outlet. Follow A4061 to Bryncethin and go straight at the traffic lights and the hotel is on the right.
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High Street, Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan CF71 7AF % (01446) 774814 ; enquiries@bearhotel.com 4 www.bearhotel.com

Llantwit Major Hotels
West House Country Hotel E2
This charming 16th Century hotel, once the home of the Sheriff of Glamorgan, is a beautifully appointed hotel. The Heritage restaurant offers excellent cuisine and light meals are available in the bar. Afternoon teas are served on the patio or in the lounge. Situated in the old part of this historic town, the hotel is the ideal place to relax or from which to explore the many attractions of the Heritage Coast.

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Bryncethin, Bridgend CF32 9YR % (01656) 720253 7 (01656) 720253 ; masonsarms@googlemail.com 4 www.masonshotel.com

West Street, Llantwit Major, Vale of Glamorgan CF61 1SP % (01446) 792406 ; enq@westhouse-hotel.co.uk 4 www.westhouse-hotel.co.uk

Porthcawl Hotels
Premier Inn Bridgend Central D5 Atlantic Hotel B4
A busy, personally run hotel, situated on seafront within a few minutes of town centre, picturesque harbour and Royal Porthcawl Golf Club. The hotel has a comfortable lounge bar and restaurant which enjoys a first class reputation for its fine cuisine. At Premier Inn Bridgend Central we provide clean and comfortable en suite bedrooms in a well looked after environment. We offer all you can eat Premier breakfast during your stay in which children under 15 can eat for free. Situated ideally for leisure users as we are next to the Bridgend Designer Outlet Village and just off junction 36 of the M4.

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Single: from £75 to £85 Double: from £95 to £110 Family: from £100 to £120 No of Rooms: 19, (19 en-suite) Open: 1-12

The Derwen, Junction 36, M4, Bridgend CF32 9SH % 01656 646200 7 (08701) 112931 ; bridgendcentral@premierinn.com 4 www.premierinn.com

West Drive, Seafront, Porthcawl CF36 3LT % (01656) 785011 ; enquiries@atlantichotelporthcawl.co.uk 7 (01656) 771877 4 www.atlantichotelporthcawl.co.uk

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Porthcawl Inns
The Rose and Crown
Awaiting Grading

Bridgend Guest Houses and B&Bs
B4 Ewenny Farm Guest House D4
The Rose and Crown is a high quality tavern offering great food, real ales and beautiful guest rooms, making it an easy choice. Just minutes from the coast at Porthcawl, the Rose and Crown has been beautifully refurbished and serves a wide selection of cask ales, wines and high quality food in informal surroundings. The Ewenny Farm guest house enjoys a superb location nestling in 2½ acres of beautiful heritage Vale of Glamorgan parkland and close to the Heritage Coast with magnificent beaches. The property enjoys the River Ewenny flowing through the grounds and offers guest fishing if required. The guest house offers travellers, holidaymakers and businessmen comfort, good food and a warm friendly relaxed atmosphere. Just 10 minutes from Junction 35 of the M4.

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Heol y Capel, Nottage, Porthcawl CF36 3ST % (01656) 784850 ; roseandcrown@sabrain.com 4 www.roseandcrownporthcawl.com

St Brides Road, Ewenny, Nr Bridgend, Vale of Glamorgan CF35 5AX % (01656) 658438 7 (01656) 655565 4 www.ewennyfarm-guesthouse.co.uk ; ewennyfarmguesthouse@hotmail.co.uk

Vale Countryside Inns
Fox and Hounds G2
Village inn with restaurant and rooms in the heart of the Vale of Glamorgan. Wood burning stoves, excellent home produced food, fine wines and comfortable surroundings. Ideal base for touring the wonderful countryside.

Ewenny Woods Bed and Breakfast

D4

Situated in a quiet backwater of the historic village of Ewenny, in the Vale of Glamorgan within easy access of Bridgend and Cowbridge. We offer superior Bed and Breakfast accommodation for the discerning traveller. Our rooms are stylish and comfortable, with Freeview, Wi-Fi, and deluxe ensuites, and panoramic views of the Welsh countryside.

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No of Rooms: 3, (3 en-suite) Open: 1-12

Llancarfan, Nr Barry, Vale of Glamorgan CF62 3AD %(01446) 781287 ; jjjmillard@aol.com 4 www.foxandhoundsllancarfan.co.uk

The Trip, Ewenny, Bridgend, Vale of Glamorgan CF35 5BZ % (01656) 766421 ; info@ewennywoods.co.uk 4 www.ewennywoods.co.uk

The Three Horseshoes

Awaiting Grading

G2

Hazelwood Guest House

D5

With newly appointed en-suite bedrooms, this well established hostelry has been family run for 25 years. It is in the perfect rural location, just 5minutes from Cardiff, 5 minutes from the airport and 5 minutes from the coast. Offering a daily menu of fresh local produce. Also on site is an indoor children’s play barn. You can enjoy a cosy relaxing atmosphere with a drink in front of a roaring fire.

New 4 star guesthouse designed to gold business standard. Charming rural setting alongside the river Ogmore. Bedrooms all en-suite, with Wi-Fi. Full Welsh breakfast and private car park. Close to the town centre, railway station, junction 36 and Bridgend Designer Outlet. Porthcawl, Ogmore beaches and golf courses nearby. Within walking distance to Bridgend Rugby Club and adjoining Route 4 of the National Cycle Network.

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Single: from £50 Double: from £70 Family: from £90

Moulton, Vale of Glamorgan CF62 3AB % (01446) 710428 ; 3horseshoespub@gmail.com 4 www.3horseshoespub.co.uk

Tondu Road, Bridgend, CF31 4LJ % (01656) 647780 7 (01656) 667282 ; anne@hazelwoodtravellodge.co.uk 4 www.hazelwood-house.co.uk

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Bridgend Guest Houses and B&Bs
Alexandra Guest House D5
A busy, personally run guest house, recently refurbished. One mile from Junction 36 of the M4 and two minutes walk from Bridgend town centre, bus and train stations. Ideal access to Bridgend Designer Outlet, beaches, golf cources, cycle tracks, rugby ground, Princess of Wales Hospital, Cardiff and Swansea. Children Welcome.

Tremains Guest House

D4
Tremains Guest House a family run, was opened in 1992 can accommodate up to 10 people. All rooms are en-suite and one on ground flood disabled friendly; all rooms include Tea/Coffee facilities, Flat screen television, DVD Player. Five minutes walking distance from town centre. Off street parking. Non-Smoking.

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44 Coity Road, Bridgend, CF31 1LR % (01656) 650761 Moblie: 07960954246 ; welshbigbird@aol.com 4 www.alexandraguesthouse.com

25-27 Tremains Road, Bridgend, CF31 1TZ % (01656) 768285 7 (01656) 768285 Mobile: 07885 314095 ; TremainsGHouse@aol.com 4 www.tremainsguesthouse.co.uk

Cowbridge Guest Houses and B&Bs
Mair’s Bed & Breakfast D4 Bryn-Y-Ddafad Country Guest House F4
Feel at home at Mair's and enjoy the many facilities normally found only at expensive accommodation. Mair's Bed and Breakfast offers you homely accommodation with a truly Welsh welcome. Mair's welcomes disabled visitors, having some ground floor rooms and some facilities for disabled persons. Within easy access to Bridgend town centre, bus and railway stations. Stay at Bryn-y-Ddafad for a truly Welsh experience you will never forget. Discover this magical corner of Wales within easy reach of the vibrant city of Cardiff. Relax in a peaceful, rural location with panoramic views and sample our scrumptious Welsh breakfast. Ground floor annex. N.G.S approved garden - Open by appointment. Free Wi-Fi. Please see our entry under Cowbridge self-catering.

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No of Rooms: 4, (4 en-suite) Open: 1-12 View our video, availability and special offers on our website.

Welsh St Donats, Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan CF71 7ST % (01446) 774451 ; enquiries@bydd.co.uk 4 www.bydd.co.uk

New Inn Guest House

C4

Moorshead Farm

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Siân and John offer you a relaxed and friendly welcome to their 15th Century farm house. Peaceful rural setting only 3 miles from Cowbridge, Llantwit Major and the Heritage Coast. Scrumptious Welsh breakfast in oak beamed dining room with real fire. Free Wi-Fi. Please see our entry under Cowbridge self-catering.

We are a family run guest house with a friendly atmosphere located three miles from the picturesque Glamorgan Heritage Coast and one mile from Bridgend town centre. We are ideally situated for access to both Cardiff and Swansea via rail or road and only one mile from Bridgend Railway and Coach Stations.

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113, Ewenny Road, Bridgend, CF31 3LN % (01656) 654757 7 (01656) 649321 ; newinn654@aol.com 4 www.newinnwales.com

Moorshead Farm, Sigingstone, Nr Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan CF71 7LP % (01446) 773261 ; enquiries@moorsheadfarm.com 4 www.moorsheadbedandbreakfast.com

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Porthcawl Guest Houses and B&Bs
Olivia House B4
Olivia House is a stylish and exclusive boutique style B&B. located only 50 metres from the seafront with many bars, restaurants and within walking distance from Royal Porthcawl Golf Club. We offer an unbeatable welsh breakfast and complimentary tea/coffee, welsh water, toiletries. Also use of towelling robes and free Wi-Fi.

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44 Esplanade Avenue, Porthcawl, CF36 3YU % Tel: 01656 789022 Mobile. 07968841992 ; annettedegraaf@hotmail.co.uk 4 www.oliviahouse.com

Barry Farmhouses
Blue Seas Guest House B4 New Farm H2
A 500 acre family working farm where you may witness the busy yard banter. Enjoy a farmers breakfast in our 17th Century beamed dining room. Charming country rooms offereing warmth and modern facilities. Situated ideally for Cardiff and coast, off the main coastal city road. A warm Welsh welcome awaits you. Blue Seas can be found in the 12th century village of Newton situated in South Wales’ most popular holiday resort, Porthcawl. Come and join us and enjoy our family run bed and breakfast, situated on the waters edge overlooking the idylic Newton Beach, adjacent to Trecco Bay. Cast your eyes a little further to explore the Glamorgan Heritage Coast and surrounding countryside. A perfect location for all your holiday activities. Private bathroom available on request.

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72 Beach Road, Porthcawl, CF36 5NE % (01656) 786540 Mobile: 07711651703 7 (01656) 788713 ; rg@blueseasbnb.co.uk 4 www.blueseasbnb.co.uk

Port Road West, Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, CF62 3BT % (01446) 735536 ; sarahardy_newfarm@hotmail.com Mobile: 07764 412909 4 www.newfarmbarry.co.uk

Vale Countryside Farmhouses
St Sebastian House
Awaiting Grading

B4

Sutton Mawr Farm B & B

G2

Just a minute’s walk from the seafront, you can be sure of a warm welcome at St Sebastien House. We are a family run guest house, offering comfortable accommodation, good food, and those little extras that make your stay special, close to all amenities and the M4, families welcome.

Set in 14 acres of quiet scenic countryside yet only 15 minutes to Cardiff. Luxury bedrooms with en-suites are set around a charming French style courtyard. Fabulously comfortable beds. Delicious breakfast using farm produce. Family, disabled and dog friendly. Ideal for groups sleeps up to 24. Free Wi-Fi. Highly recommended. Please also see our advert for our railway carriage and cottage under Vale of Glamorgan self catering.

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No of Rooms: 5, (4 en-suite) Open: 1-12

30 Esplanade Avenue, Porthcawl, CF36 3YU % 01656 771594 Mobile. 07985 650746 ; st.sebastienhouse@gmail.com 4 www.saintsebastienhouse.org

Sutton Mawr, Weycock Road, Barry,Vale of Glamorgan CF62 3AA Mobile: 07971 865963 % (01446) 749549 ; victoriaj1@sky.com 4 www.suttonmawrfarm.co.uk

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Bridgend Self Catering
EcoDysgu C6
Visitors to EcoDysgu find themselves breathing in the freedom of 42 acres of ancient woodland, pasture and workshop space. Everyone helps to create trails, sculptures, willow huts and compost toilets. Workshops available. The accommodation is a Bunk House purpose built to accommodate up to 12 people. Café facilities available.

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Set in a beautiful rural location surrounded by woods and farmland yet only 5 minute drive from J36, M4. Delightful, easy access apartment, furnished/equipped to a high standard. Forming part of the owner's detached bungalow, fully self contained and private, park right outside your front door. Close to Park Slip Nature Reserve for walking and cycling. Conveniently located for shopping at the Bridgend Designer Outlet, and exploring the countryside and heritage coast. 30 minute drive to the cities of Cardiff and Swansea. Sorry no pets and strictly no smoking.

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Tondu House Farm, Tondu, Bridgend, CF32 3HF % (01656) 728137 7 (01656) 728137 ; ecodysguecolearn@aol.com 4 www.ecodysgu.co.uk

Cwm Risca Lane, Off New Road, Tondu, Bridgend, CF32 0EH % (01656) 723783 Mobile: 07974 690328 ; aclswnynant@hotmail.co.uk 4 www.swnynant.com

Heronston Barn Cottage

D4
This newly converted barn is ideally located for exploring South Wales, participating in outdoor pursuits or just enjoying a relaxing break. The cottage sleeps four and is fully equipped to the highest standard. The attractive garden includes parking for three cars and secure storage for sporting equipment.

Ty Maen Cottage

C6

Self catering accomodation conveniently located to the M4 in the peaceful Darren Valley. Property is a converted barn with superb views of the surrounding countryside, provides home from home comforts, a lovely garden, ample private parking, kenneling and drying facilities. It benefits from all amenities being close at hand.

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No of Units: 1 (sleeps 6) Weekly rate: from £400 Short break: available from £250

Heronston Hall, Heronston Lane, Bridgend, CF31 3AX % (01656) 655997 ; holiday@heronston.co.uk 4 www.heronston.co.uk

Ty Maen Farm, Llangynwyd, Maesteg CF34 0EH % (01656) 730171 Mobile: 07702740003 ; tymaencottage@aol.com 4 www.ty-maen.co.uk

Miners Cottage

B5

Yr Hen Beudy Bach

C6

Overlooking Margam valley and Swansea Bay this beautifully appointed Cottage has been in the family for almost 200 years. Situated on a quiet private lane, this spacious cottage has a high standard throughout and is a perfect home from home. It boasts a fully equipped kitchen, with a dining area big enough to invite friends! A large bathroom with separate power shower and double bath, beautifully decorated bedrooms with Egyptian cotton bed linen and towels provided. Being 5 minutes from J37/38 of the M4 it’s perfect for relaxing or exploring. Wireless and fuel included too.

Enjoy luxury self catering accommodation set in peaceful Darren Valley countryside Outside offers a private garden, patio and parking spaces. Inside offers cosy accommodation with a log burner, spiral staircase and freeview TV. We are situated close to the Glamorgan heritage Coast, cycle tracks and Bridgend Designer Outlet village.

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No of Units: 1 Units sleep: 2 +cot Weekly rate: per unit from £290 (low season) £450 (high season)

Kenfig Hill, Bridgend, CF33 6DP % (07971) 950772 7 (07971) 606377 ; cottage@minerscottage.com 4 www.minerscottage.com

Uwch-Y-Felin, Garth Fach, Llangynwyd, Maesteg CF34 0EH % 01656) 733688 Mobile: 07810 364658 ; byron.lambert@virgin.net 4 www.yrhenbeudybach.co.uk

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Bridgend Self Catering
Ty Gwyneth C5 Betws Bunkhouse
Awaiting Grading

C6

A spacious cottage near our working farm, just seven minutes from the M4 Junction 36. Perfect for extended family get togethers or for groups of friends chilling out. Take glorious walks with sweeping rural views, surf the waves, enjoy some fishing, a round of golf or with WiFi access simply surf the net in a cosy environment. There is widescreen TV. Shopping or cinema is also an option, with the McArthur Glen Designer Outlet nearby and Cardiff and Swansea just half an hour away! Gower and the Brecon Beacons are also an easy drive.

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Ffordd y Gyfraith, near Bridgend, CF32 0BS % 07872 823366 ; gaina@gainamorganmedia.co.uk 4 www.tygwyneth.co.uk

Brand new purpose built 44 bed bunkhouse accommodation situated north of Bridgend, 5 miles from Junction 36 of the M4, providing affordable accommodation in a Welsh village setting. Ideal base for those enjoying the great outdoors, visitors enjoy easy access to the picturesque Bridgend Valleys, local cycle tracks and Mountain Biking at Afan. The Ecolodge overlooks the Llynfi Valley with views facing southwards towards the Heritage Coast. Cardiff, Swansea and the Heritage Coast are easily accessible for activities and events. Discounted group packages available.

Romany Caravan at Ty Gwyneth

C5

Our Romany Caravan is a traditional gypsy wagon, formerly travelling along the lanes of West Wales but now settled in a relaxing garden overlooking our beef and sheep farm. It’s just minutes from the M4 at Junction 36 but tucked into a rural oasis with wonderful views. You can snuggle in the caravan, watching the stars and listening to the sounds of the countryside, yet know you’re not too far from all the amenities. And there is internet access! Our gypsy holiday comes complete with a comfortable Vardo, plus a cabin with toilet, hot water, shower, and washing facilities – and we’ve supplied a microwave and electric kettle just in case! There is also a terrace and bbq area.

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No of Units: 1 Units sleep: 2 Weekly rate: per unit from £50 per night Open: 1-12

Number of units: 4 Dorm Bunkhouse 5 Bunks per Dorm, 2 Leaders Rooms 1 Bunk in each. Total: 44 beds

Ffordd y Gyfraith, near Bridgend, CF32 0BS % 07872 823366 ; gaina@gainamorganmedia.co.uk

Betws Boys & Girls Club,The Old Council School, Heol Dewi Sant, Betws CF32 8TA % : (01656) 725997 Mobile: 07814392299 ; info@yobz.co.uk

Cowbridge Self Catering
Cwm Tawel
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Moorshead Farm Cottages

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Delightful stone cottages. Woodburning stoves, heating, fully equipped kitchens. Converted from buildings next to our 15th Century farmhouse in peaceful rural setting. Village pub serving food a short walk. Cowbridge and Llantwit Major 3 miles. Please see our entry under Cowbridge B&B.

Whether you are looking for activity and adventure, or a relaxing break, Cwm Tawel – The Quite Valley - offers a unique and unforgettable experience. Just 15 minutes from J36 of the M4, in its own secluded Valley, we have beautiful, authentic yurts from Mongolia. Each one has been furnished with an eclectic blend of rustic and ethnic furniture. Thick Kilim rugs, fluffy sheepskins and plump cushions around the central log burner create an inviting space to sit and relax. Each Yurt has beds enough for five, but you will need to bring your own bedding.You also have an outside bbq area and camp kitchen supplied with everything you will need for outdoor cooking. Our tipis are a little simpler and can sleep up to eight people; they also have a log burner inside and rugs on the floor.

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Lletty Brongu, Llangynwyd, Maesteg CF34 0EB % 07905 466 884 ; cwmtawel@gmail.com 4 www.cwmtawel.org.uk

Moorshead Farm, Sigingstone, Nr Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan CF71 7LP % (01446) 773261 ; enquiries@moorsheadfarm.com 4 www.moorsheadfarm.com

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Cowbridge Self Catering
The Apartments at Crossways Manor

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Treguff Farm Cottages and Lakes

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Two exceptional self catering apartments within this 17th Century manor house situated in the heart of the Vale, 1 mile south of the delightful Roman market town of Cowbridge. Both apartments are fully equipped with 3 bedrooms each. Lovely grounds of over 6 acres, tennis court, terrace, BBQ. Free WiFi. Dog and family friendly. 2 pub/restaurants within a short stroll and plenty more nearby. Great beaches, cliff walks, golf, horse riding, walking, surfing, castles and gardens. A great base for business or pleasure.

Six stone cottages converted from a group of Victorian model farm buildings adjacent to an Elizabethan listed farmhouse on a four hundred-acre working farm. The interiors of the cottages have sympathetically retained many original architectural features. All cottages have full central heating, TV and are carpeted and furnished throughout. Specimen carp lake, superb coarse fishing. Private farm walks. Internet access available.

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Weekly rate: The Prince’s Apartment £695, The Manor Apartment £795 Rate per unit for short stays and long breaks: on application

Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan CF71 7LJ % (01446) 773171 ; info@crosswayshouse.co.uk 7 (01446) 771707 4 www.crosswayshouse.co.uk

Treguff Farm, St Mary Church, Nr Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan CF71 7LT % (01446) 751342 ; cottages@treguff.co.uk 4 www.treguff.co.uk

Fishweir Cottages

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Vale Holiday Homes Ltd

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Characterful stone cottages set in 78 acres of unspoilt famland 3 miles north of the historic market town of Cowbridge. Clean, cosy and comfortable ‘Home from Home’ with fully equipped kitchens, central heating, internet access etc. Just a couple of miles from J34 of M4, ideally situated for visiting Cardiff, Swansea, Brecon Beacons and the stunning Heritage coastline.

Adjacent to a listed Tudor farmhouse in the Welsh countryside, two period cottages (one with log fire) providing accommodation for 2 to 6 people. Spacious accommodation equipped to a high standard with free WiFi connection. Convenient to M4 (junction 33), the Heritage Coast and Cowbridge. Millennium Trail on doorstep. Plenty of country pubs and restaurants in the surrounding area.

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Fishweir Farm, St Mary Church, Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan CF71 7LT % (029) 2022 7477(day) Mobile: 07740 951540 ; geoff@bevanmc.co.uk 4 www.fishweir.co.uk

Llwyn Nwydog Farm, Cowbridge Road, Talygarn, Pontyclun CF72 9JU % (01446) 774144 Mobile: 07890 888492 ; info@valeholidayhomes.co.uk 4 www.valeholidayhomes.co.uk

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Cowbridge Self Catering
Y-Bwthyn-Bach F4
Your comfort is assured in our tastefully furnished cottage situated in a peaceful rural location 3 miles N.E of Cowbridge, an ideal base to explore south east Wales. Fully equipped ground floor accommodation, 2 flat screen TV’s/DVD player. Free Wi-Fi. Twin or double bedroom. Laundry service. Access to stunning N.G.S approved garden. Please see our entry under Cowbridge guest houses.

Llantwit Major Self Catering
Lougher Moor Country Cottages E2

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Bryn-y-Ddafad, Welsh St Donats, Vale of Glamorgan Cowbridge CF71 7ST % (01446) 774451 ; enquiries@bydd.co.uk 4 www.bydd.co.uk

Tastefully converted barns with beamed ceilings and beautifully furnished to a very high standard including lovely new bathrooms. Set in secluded grounds with tranquil wildlife area and private nature trail including a lake which is home to moorhens, coots, ducks and during the summer months a variety of butterflies, dragon flies and also a visiting kingfisher. A great location for exploring the area, with its wealth of places to see and to suit all tastes. An afternoon tea tray is provided to welcome you to Lougher Moor for the start of your holiday.

Windmill Farm Cottages

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Converted farm buildings offering quality accommodation with panoramic views adjacent to our working farm. Quiet rural location with fishing, golf and leisure facilities close by. Convenient for junctions 34/35 of the M4. 20 minutes from central Cardiff and 10 minutes from the market town of Cowbridge.

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Windmill Farm, Llansannor, Nr Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan CF71 7TF % (01446) 772470 ; enquiries@windmillfarm.co.uk 4 www.windmillfarm.co.uk

Morfa Lane, Llantwit Major, Vale of Glamorgan CF61 2YT % (01446) 796988 ; enq@loughermoor.co.uk 4 www.loughermoor.co.uk

Llantwit Major Self Catering
Fossil Cottage D2 Oak Lodge E2
An ideal base to explore the beautiful Vale of Glamorgan. Set in a quiet location only 1 mile from the Glamorgan Heritage Coast and historical town of Llantwit Major. Comfortably furnished with well equipped kitchen, flat screen TV/DVD player. Private garden. More than a holiday let, Fossil Cottage is home from home. Comfortable and relaxing it’s the perfect place to stay. Set within the Heritage Coast countryside. Easy walking distance to the beach and our local pub which serves good food. We are just 11 miles from junction 35 of the M4 motorway. Well placed for Cardiff and Swansea and the historic towns and villages of South Wales. Sorry no pets.

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No of Units: 1 (sleeps 4) Weekly rate: from £295 - £495 Rate per unit for 3 nights: from £210 to £275 Open: 1-12

Woodside Hamlet, Llantwit Major Vale of Glamorgan CF61 1BD % (01446) 750974 Mobile: 07516 844535 ; jmedwards50@sky.com 4 www.oaklodgellantwit.co.uk

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The Wagon House D2
The Wagon House is a converted farm barn in a peaceful rural setting on a working farm. Stone walls and original beams. Comfortably and beautifully furnished. Situated on the Heritage Coast and just five minutes walk to the beach. Nearby is the historical St Donats castle and many other places of interest.

Penarth Self Catering
Marconi Holiday Village
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Rate per unit for 3 nights: From £180 low season, from £220 high season Open: 1-12

Village House, Marcross, Llantwit Major, Vale of Glamorgan CF61 1ZG % (01656) 890218 ; wagon.house@hotmail.co.uk 4 www.wagonhouse.co.uk

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Five individual cottages accommodating 2 – 6 people set around a courtyard. Perfect for couples or groups of up to 20 people. A Welsh speaking family farm set within the Heritage Coast, eco friendly renovations, contemporary oak kitchens, lime wash finishes and handcrafted beds. Included in your stay is the under floor heating, luxury cotton bed linen, towels, deep filled duvets, antique Welsh blankets and free Wi-Fi. New for 2012 – six unique wooden chalets sleeping 4-30 people overlooking our mystical valley!
No of Units: 6, (sleeps 4-6) Weekly rate: from £240 low season to £380 high season. Rate per unit for 3 nights: from £275 low season and from £300 high season Open: 3-12

Lavernock Point, Ford Road, Penarth Vale of Glamorgan CF64 5XQ % (029) 2070 7310 Mobile: 07584 513756 ; steve@lavernockpoint.com 4 www.lavernockpoint.com

Porthcawl Self Catering
Dan-y-Graig Farm Cottage B4
Relax and unwind in comfort and fabulous surroundings – take a well earned break at Dan-y-Graig Farm Cottage; perfect for a wonderful short break or holiday.The cottage lies with a ten-minute walk from the village of Newton which has a two mile stretch of beach and a vast expanse of stunning sand dunes. This is also part of the Heritage Coast and offers miles of walking and is ideal for those looking for activities such as cycling, horse riding and golf.

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No of Units: 1 Each Unit sleeps: 3 Weekly Rate from: £300 (Low Season) Weekly Rate per unit from: £450 (High Season) Open: 1-12

Rosedew Farm, Beach Road, Llantwit Major, Vale of Glamorgan CF61 1PZ % (01446) 793002 Mobile: 0773 943 8696 ; davies@farmersbarns.co.uk 4 www.farmersbarns.co.uk

Elder Drive, Porthcawl. CF36 5RH % (01656) 771989 Mobile: 07896616192 ; green1354man@live.co.uk 4 www.danygraigfarmcottage.co.uk/

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Porthcawl Self Catering
Teach Eireann B4 Ty-Hapus
Awaiting Grading

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Teach Eireann is a Self Catering Bungalow set in a cul-de-sac 500yds from the beautiful beach of Porthcawl. It’s ideal for small groups and family breaks, sleeping up to six in three bedrooms. Short breaks are catered for to suit golfing, fishing, horse-riding parties, all available locally. Surfing is available on Porthcawl beach or Rest Bay, a short distance away. Trecco Bay Caravan Park is within walking distance so don’t be disappointed if you can’t stay with friends, stay here and enjoy all the fun.

Spacious well-equipped 5 bedroomed house, furnished to a high standard with a new kitchen and separate dining room. Just 4 miles from J37/M4 and only 500 metres from a lifeguarded beach. Only a few minutes walk from numerous shops, restaurants, pubs and free parking. Close by is Rest Bay, surfers and golfers welcome.

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New Road, Porthcawl. CF36 5DD % : (01452) 721431 or 721635 Mobile: 07738064378 ; tyhapusporthcawl@gmail.com 4 www.ty-hapus.com

Vale Countryside Self Catering
The Granary and Coach House B4 Hafod Lodge G4
The ideal place to relax in comfort. Tastefully converted from traditional farm buildings and located on a working dairy farm. The Granary and Coach House are furnished and equipped to a high standard offering spacious accommodation for up to 8 people in the Coach House and 6 people in The Granary. Conveniently situated near the M4 close to golf courses, heritage coast, castles and many places of interest. The Coach House is particularly suitable for the disabled visitor. Please contact us for details. Wireless internet connection in all cottages.

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Tytanglwyst Farm, Pyle, Bridgend, CF33 4SA % (01656) 745635 or (01656) 740224 7 (01656) 745635 ; info@tytanglwystholidaycottages.co.uk 4 www.tytanglwystholidaycottages.co.uk

On the doorstep of Cardiff, this luxury private lodge in the grounds of 17th Century castle has an outdoor heated gated pool for the safety of children, for guests sole use with picturesque gardens. Situated in the country, yet only 2 minutes from junction 34 of the M4 and 15 minutes from Cardiff city centre. 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, large fully equipped kitchen, beamed lounge with open fireplace. Large heated conservatory. Close to a championship golf course and health spa, cycle routes, quad biking and walking footpaths.

Ty Tanglwyst Farm Holiday Cottages

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Swallow and Ivy Cottages both offer a high standard of accommodation and comfort, tastefully furnished and fully equipped with central heating and wood burning stoves. Convenient to M4 (Junction 37), half hour to Cardiff or Swansea, 3 miles to the seaside town of Porthcawl. Situated on a working dairy farm where you are welcome to see the cows being milked or take a walk in our ancient woodland. Wireless internet connection in all cottages.

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Hensol Castle, Hensol, Vale of Glamorgan CF72 8JX % (01443) 493000 7 (01443) 405700 Mobile: 07779 614643 ; info@fore-corners.co.uk 4 www.fore-corners.co.uk

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Vale Countryside Self Catering
Parc Coed Machen Country Cottages H4
Enjoy peaceful rural surroundings at our lovely cottages situated in a courtyard of converted farm buildings. Four 2 bedroom cottages and one 3 bedroom house all identically equipped, kitchens with dishwasher and microwave, living areas fully furnished with TV, Freeview and DVD. Bathrooms with bath and shower. Nearest rural self-catering cottages to Cardiff City, Millennium Stadium and Millennium Centre. Level 3 disabled category. Convenient for junction 34 of the M4.

Llantwit Major Caravan & Camping
Acorn Camping and Caravanning E3
We are a small peaceful family owned rural site situated on the Heritage Coast surrounded by farmland. We have a modern amenity building, children’s indoor and outdoor play area and a shop with takeaway. We are a family orientated site and operate a quiet time between 11pm and 7am. Holiday static caravans available for sale.

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No of Units: 5 (each sleeps 2 to 6) Short breaks 2 nights minimum Weekly rate: from £390 Low Season rate on application to £540 High Season Open: 1-12

Heol St-y-Nyll, St Brides Super Ely, Nr Cardiff, Vale of Glamorgan CF5 6EZ % (01446) 760684 / 760612 7 (01446) 760289 ; prtrivett@hotmail.com 4 www.parccoedmachen.co.uk

Tents: x40 – from £11.50 per night Touring Pitches: x 45 – from £15.50 per night Open: 1st February 30th November

Ham Lane South, Llantwit Major, Vale of Glamorgan CF61 1RP % (01446) 794024 ; info@acorncamping.co.uk 4 www.acorncamping.co.uk

Porthcawl Caravan & Camping
Sutton Mawr Farm Cottage & Railway Carriage
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Trecco Bay Holiday Park

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Delightful ground floor cottage in beautiful rural setting. Living room with sofa bed and cosy fire, fully fitted kitchen with washing machine, bathroom/shower main and twin bedrooms all with televisions. Own private garden. Very stylish with every comfort. Also romantically restored railway carriage ‘Gypsy Rose’ with cosy double cabin bed and electric wood burning stove. Close to M4, Barry, Cowbridge, Cardiff and Penarth. Free Wi-Fi. Please also see our entry under Vale Countryside farmhouses.

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Open: 1-12 Short breaks available please contact for information

Sutton Mawr, Weycock Road, Barry, Vale of Glamorgan CF62 3AA Mobile: 07971 865963 % (01446) 749549 ; victoriaj1@sky.com 4 www.suttonmawrfarm.co.uk

Cowbridge Caravan & Camping
Llandow Caravan & Camping Park D3
‘A top 100 UK Park’ set in the heart of the Vale. Only 3 miles from the Heritage Coast and 20 mins from Cardiff. Clean, heated facilities with unlimited hot showers, childrens play area, shop and free Wi-Fi! Caravan storage and seasonal pitches also available.

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Llandow, Nr Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan CF71 7PB % (01446) 794527 7 (01446) 796460 ; info@llandowcaravanpark.com 4 www.llandowcaravanpark.com

Porthcawl, CF36 5NG % (08443) 353750 ; via www.parkdean.com

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Wales Coast Path
Discover the shape of a nation
Wales’s newest attraction will be open in Spring 2012
Fancy an 870 mile stroll? The Wales Coast Path is your answer, stretching continuously from near Chester in the north to Chepstow in the south. The Path is for everyone and gives you a chance to explore any part of coastal Wales, to meet the locals and enjoy the fresh air and scenery. Consider this your invitation to step out and enjoy our new national endeavour, even if you don’t walk the whole thing!
CARDIGAN FISHGUARD HOLYHEAD LLANDUDNO RHYL FLINT BANGOR CAERNARFON CHESTER

NEFYN ABERSOCH ABERDARON BARMOUTH

PORTHMADOG
HARLECH

ABERDOVEY

ABERYSTWYTH

ABERAERON

ST DAVID’S CARMARTHEN PEMBROKE TENBY LLANELLI SWANSEA CHEPSTOW NEWPORT PORTHCAWL

Work to create the Wales Coast Path is co-ordinated by the Countryside Council for Wales and delivered on the ground by local authorities. It is funded by the Welsh Government, the European Regional Development Fund and the coastal local authorities. For further information: www.ccw.gov.uk

CARDIFF BARRY ISLAND

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take your pick
The Glamorgan Heritage Coast and Countryside is one of the Holiday Areas within Wales. Here are the others, each area has its own distinct character. The Isle of Anglesey Tel 01248 713177 or 01407 762622 email: tourism@anglesey.gov.uk www.visitanglesey.co.uk Llandudno and Colwyn Bay Tel: 01492 876413 Email: llandudnotic@conwy.gov.uk www.visitllandudno.org.uk Rhyl and Prestatyn Tel 01745 344515/355068 email: rhyl.tic@denbighshire.gov.uk www.rhyl-prestatyn.co.uk The North Wales Borderlands Tel 01978 292015 email: tourism@wrexham.gov.uk www.northwalesborderlands.co.uk Snowdonia Mountains and Coast / Eryri Mynyddoedd a Môr Tel 01341 281485 (24hr) email: tourism@gwynedd.gov.uk www.visitsnowdonia.info Mid Wales and the Brecon Beacons Tel 01597 825748 email: tourism@powys.gov.uk www.exploremidwales.com Ceredigion – Cardigan Bay Tel 01970 612125 email: brochure@ceredigion.gov.uk www.tourism.ceredigion.gov.uk Pembrokeshire Tel 0844 888 5115 email: tourism@pembrokeshire.gov.uk www.visitpembrokeshire.com Carmarthenshire – Carmarthen Bay Tel 01267 231557 email: marketing@carmarthenshire.gov.uk www.discovercarmarthenshire.com Swansea Bay, Mumbles, Gower, Afan and the Vale of Neath Tel 01792 468321 email: tourism@swansea.gov.uk www.visitswanseabay.com The Valleys Heart and Soul of Wales Tel 029 2088 0011 email: tourism@caerphilly.gov.uk www.thevalleys.co.uk Cardiff, Capital of Wales Tel 08701 211258 email: visitor@cardiff.gov.uk www.visitcardiff.com The Wye Valley and Vale of Usk Tel 01633 644842 email: tourism@monmouthshire.gov.uk www.visitwyevalley.com ACTIVITIES FOR ALL Wales is the UK’s activity capital. Find out more with the help of these FREE action-packed guides and take a look at the websites. Fishing www.fishing.visitwales.com Golf Wales www.golfasitshouldbe.com

For FREE copies of any THREE Holiday Area brochures please tick the appropriate boxes and send to: Visit Wales, Dept G18, PO Box 1, Cardiff CF24 2XN The Isle of Anglesey Llandudno & Colwyn Bay Rhyl & Prestatyn The North Wales Borderlands Snowdonia Mountains & Coast/Eryri Mynyddoedd a Môr Mid Wales & the Brecon Beacons Ceredigion – Cardigan Bay Pembrokeshire Carmarthenshire – Carmarthen Bay Swansea Bay, Mumbles, Gower, Afan & the Vale of Neath The Valleys - Heart and Soul of Wales, Capital of Wales Cardiff Wye Valley & Vale of Usk

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easily accessible
This special part of Southern Wales is easy to get to. Did you know that it is only just over two hours from London to Cardiff or Bridgend by rail, coach or car. It is the same story from Britain’s major airports with speedy road and rail links. Better still you can fly direct to Cardiff Airport.
Traveline Cymru Traveline Cymru provides an all Wales information service. Tel: 0871 2002233 www.travelinecymru.info By Coach National Express provides a nation-wide network of express bus services to Cardiff and Bridgend and daily express services from the main UK airports. For further information contact: Tel: National Express Go By Coach 08717 818181 www.nationalexpress.com By Train London Paddington to Cardiff – just 2 hours (with connections to Barry and Penarth) London Paddington to Bridgend 2 hours 30 minutes (with connections to Maesteg) www.nationalrail.co.uk Tel: National Rail Enquiries 08457 484950 (Local call rates apply) Via the Channel Tunnel Eurostar Tel: Eurostar 08705 186186 www.eurostar.com Eurotunnel Tel: Reservations 08705 353535 www.eurotunnel.com By Sea Services operating across the Irish Sea • Dublin to Holyhead/Rosslare to Fishguard Irish Ferries Tel: UK Reservations 08705 171717 www.irishferries.com • Dun Laoghaire/Dublin to Holyhead/ Rosslare to Fishguard Stena Line Tel: 08705 707070 www.stenaline.co.uk By Air Cardiff Airport is the perfect arrival point for visitors to Wales. Situated in the heart of the Vale A92 M90 of Glamorgan and just 19km from Wales’ capital GLASGOW city, Cardiff Airport provides easy access to/from EDINBURGH M8 all parts of the country. A rail link connects A74 Cardiff Airport to Cardiff Central and Bridgend. A1(M) Trains run in each direction every hour, with M6 onward connections possible to other destinations on the rail network. M62 Hull For further information: Holyhead MANCHESTER Tel: 01446 711111 www.cwlfly.com M6 M1 A5 By Car BIRMINGHAM A487 The M4 motorway brings motorists Fishguard M5 Pembroke right to the doorstep of Wales’ capital M4 M1 CARDIFF Swansea Harwich M25 and the Heritage Coast. Look for BRISTOL Heritage Coast LONDON M4 junction numbers 33 through to 37. M2 A36
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The Barn at West Farm Cinema and Cafe

TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRES The expert and welcoming staff at Tourist Information Centres around the area are there to ensure that you get the most from your visit. They offer independent assistance with the planning of routes and the booking of accommodation. You will find information on places to visit and events as well as unusual momentoes of Wales. All centres offer an independent, local and national accommodation booking service, for which a small charge is made - indeed, any Tourist Information Centre in England or Scotland is also able to book accommodation in Wales for you. Look out for this sign, the sign of a warm Welsh welcome and a quality information service. Tourist Information Centres are usually open daily between 10.00 and 17.30 please telephone to check. Open All Year
Bridgend Tourist Information Centre at Bridgend Designer Outlet, The Derwen, Bridgend CF32 9SU Tel: (01656) 654906 Fax: (01656) 646523 Email: bridgendtic@bridgend.gov.uk Cardiff International Airport (Self service) Arrivals Hall Tel: (01446) 747171 Porthcawl Old Police Station, John Street, Porthcawl, CF36 3DT Tel: (01656) 786639 Fax: (01656) 782387 Email: porthcawltic@bridgend.gov.uk Seasonal (In winter telephone calls only) Barry Island The Promenade, The Triangle, Barry Island, CF62 5TQ Tel: (01446) 747171 Email: barrytic@valeofglamorgan.gov.uk Penarth Penarth Pier, The Esplanade, Penarth, CF64 3AU Tel: (029) 2070 8849 Email: penarthtic@valeofglamorgan.gov.uk

London For visitors in London wanting to go to Wales, the London Visit Wales Centre will be happy to help. Visit Britain, Thames Tower, Black’s Road, London. W6 9EL Tel: (08701) 211251 Bridgend County Borough Council Countryside & Tourism, Civic Offices, Angel Street, Bridgend. CF31 4WB Tel: (01656) 815332 Monday – Friday Tel: (01656) 654906 Weekends Email: tourism@bridgend.gov.uk Website: www.bridgendbites.com
Cyngor Bwrdeistref Sirol County Borough Council

Vale of Glamorgan Tourism Unit, Dock Office, Barry Docks, Barry, CF63 4RT Tel: (01446) 747171 Email: tourism@valeofglamorgan.gov.uk Website: www.VisitTheVale.com

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