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Southerndown Headland Ramble

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Southerndown Headland Ramble
Author: melanzana, Published: 03 Feb 2017 Walk Rating:star1 Southerndown Headland Ramble Walking Guide star1 Southerndown Headland Ramble Walking Guide star1 Southerndown Headland Ramble Walking Guide star1 Southerndown Headland Ramble Walking Guide star0 Southerndown Headland Ramble Walking Guide
Glamorgan, Ogmore Southerndown
Walk Type: Coastal
Southerndown Headland Ramble
Length: 2 miles,  Difficulty: boot Southerndown Headland Ramble Walking Guide boot Southerndown Headland Ramble Walking Guide boot Southerndown Headland Ramble Walking Guide
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A 2 mile circular walk from Southerndown in Glamorgan. The walk goes up from the car park, through the abandoned gardens of the long demolished Dunraven Castle and on for magnificent views of the Glamorgan costal cliffs and glorious beaches. Return via the headland path for more beautiful views of the Somerset coast and Dunraven Bay and across to Porthcawl. There is an iron age hill fort, round house platforms and pillow mounds (remains of medieval rabbit warrens) to see on the headland.

This is a lovely ramble, but children and dogs need careful monitoring as these are steep high cliffs and mostly unfenced. If it has been raining then parts of the route get muddy and slippery underfoot so walking boots are advised. There is one very steep but short section up to the top of the headland so a reasonable level of fitness is required. The beaches are full of people when it's sunny but beware the notorious rip tides so if you do choose to swim, do so between the flags when lifesavers are out. There are public toilets in the car park at the start of the walk. Allow 1 hour.

Take the Bridgend Pencoed exit from the M4 and follow the A473. Take the B4265 to Ewenny and then the B4524 to Ogmore and on to Southerndown. Turn right at the junction just before the Three Golden Cups pub (onto Beach Road) and follow the road for about half a mile to the dead end which is Dunraven Bay. Parking options are on the top before the gate entrance and walk down, or pay the Dunraven Estate parking fees. Both are very busy in summer and not much difference in price. Nearest post code CF32 ORT.

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Walk Sections

Start to Garden Door
Start to Garden Door

Start point: 51.4461 lat, -3.6054 long
End point: 51.4445 lat, -3.6014 long

From the bottom bay car park, walk up the tarmac road, passing the top car park on your left. After 50 yards turn right through the door gate in a wall. This leads you into the castle gardens. The volunteer maintained gardens of the castle were built in 1803 and are quite atmospheric.

Garden Door to Kissing Gate
Garden Door to Kissing Gate

Start point: 51.4445 lat, -3.6014 long
End point: 51.4415 lat, -3.5973 long

Walk through the gardens, exit at the far end and continue up the road and onto the grassy start of the cliff walk. Go through a tall kissing gate and onto the cliff path (with the sea on your right) for wonderful views. Climb on to the top and stroll as far as you fancy then retrace your steps back through the kissing gate for the next section of your walk.

Kissing gate to Picnic Bench Turn
Kissing gate to Picnic Bench Turn

Start point: 51.4415 lat, -3.5973 long
End point: 51.4426 lat, -3.5987 long

Walk back down the hill to reach the picnic bench and take the path immediately opposite the bench onto the headland cliff path (with the sea on your left).

Picnic Bench Turn to Rusty Gate
Picnic Bench Turn to Rusty Gate

Start point: 51.4426 lat, -3.5987 long
End point: 51.4417 lat, -3.6035 long

After 50 yards you will see a small gate with steps on your left. Go through the gate and up some steps to access the headland path (with the sea on your left) and then go through another rusty gate onto the main headland.

Rusty Gate to Top of Headland
Rusty Gate to Top of Headland

Start point: 51.4417 lat, -3.6035 long
End point: 51.4426 lat, -3.6034 long

Once you are through the gate the headland stretches before you. NOTE: There are no fences so take care. Walk on to the cliffs for great views and then up a short but steep section to reach the top of the headland.

Top of Headland to End
Top of Headland to End

Start point: 51.4444 lat, -3.6042 long
End point: 51.4462 lat, -3.6054 long

From the top of the headland you can see back to the car park as well as access miles of beaches. Continue with the sea on your left and there are pillow mounds (medieval rabbit warren) and roundhouse platforms to be seen as you drop down to a meandering stream. You can return to the car park either back across the pebbly beach or down the road.

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The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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