• Ogmore and Merthyr Mawr

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This Circular Walk starts at Bridgend Railway Station (Grid Reference SS90751 79831) and offers several options the longest of which is about 9km (5.5 miles) long. This will take about 2½ to 3 hours to complete but allow a bit more time to enjoy the countryside and attractions like a riverside nature reserve and the remains of Ogmore Castle.

Riverside paths, woodlands and ancient stones are featured in this fascinating walk through the scenic beauty and history of the Merthyr Mawr area. Merthyr Mawr village is an outstanding collection of thatched cottages surrounded by meadows and woodlands. Stepping stones take you across the river to Ogmore Castle built by the Normans.

Limited parking is available at the railway station. However there are several Pay & Display Car Parks situated a short distance away.

Advice & Information

The going is easy although it may be wet in places. Remember to wear suitable clothes and good shoes/ boots and take food and drink with you and be prepared to get fit!

Always follow the Countryside Code and take care when crossing main roads especially the A48,  as this is a very busy, fast stretch of road. When you are walking on minor roads keep to the right and make use of verges whenever you can.

When walking the route try and look out for the Walk logo that will be situated on stiles, gates and posts along the route. Directional waymarks with yellow arrows will assist you as to which direction to walk in once you are on a public footpath. We also recommend you refer to the OS Explorer Map 151 Cardiff and Bridgend.

For further information about this walk,

to pass on your comments and  suggestions or to report any practical problems on any of the paths please contact the Rights of Way Section, Telephone 01656 643643 or by e-mail at rightsofway@bridgend.gov.uk

Countryside Code

Follow the Countryside Code wherever you go. You will get the best out of the countryside and help to maintain it now and for the future.

Public  Transport

For further information on bus times and service numbers telephone National Bus Enquiry number on 0870 6082608. Information regarding train times can be obtained via National Rail Enquiries on 08457 484950

Car Parking

There is parking provision at the following:

Bridgend Railway Station, Bridgend Recreation Centre and Bowls Hall. Parking Area near the swing bridge in Merthyr Mawr Village. You will also find several other pay and display car parks in Bridgend Town Centre.


To make a reservation or to obtain  information on accommodation visit Bridgendbites.com

For further general information about the Bridgend area you can contact us via e-mail at tourism@bridgend.gov.uk Alternatively, you can visit our website which is at www.bridgendbites.com



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