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Historical Walking Trails

Coast Path 2012

There is no better area in which to enjoy learning about history while walking in breathtaking scenery. Bridgend is dotted with villages and communities with a fascinating heritage, many set in scenic locations high in the mountains or close to the coast. The area is blessed with three beautiful valleys, the Garw, Ogmore and Llynfi which empty into the sea between Ogmore-by-Sea and Merthyr Mawr sand dunes. There are three castles - Coity, Newcastle and Dunraven - to visit and an industrial heritage of ironworks and coal mining perfectly preserved within  spacious new landscaped parks.

Just some of the historic places that can be reached on foot are:

Brynmenyn: at the entrance to the Garw Valley, one of the few villages in the area still retaining the original rail track, with plans for it to be used as a steam service up the Garw Valley.

Coychurch: The church of St Crallo at Coychurch dates from the late 13th Century  and has been described as 'The Cathedral of the Vale'. 

Ewenny: At  Ewenny, the Priory and Church founded by Norman nobleman Maurice de Londres in 1141 is widely regarded as one of the finest fortified religious buildings in Britain.

Llangynwyd: The pretty hilltop village Llangynwyd is one of the jewels of the area  with an imposing Tall-Towered Churchand, an ancient thatched inn Yr Hen Dre (The Old House) reputed to be the oldest inn in South Wales.

Llangeinor: The entire village of Llangeinorin the Garw Valley is now protected as part of a conservation area and it was here, at Tyn Ton Farm  that 18th Century  philosopher and financial genius Richard Price was born. (see Legends).

Pontycymmer:  The top of the Garw Valley was the location for the Sarah Sugarman film "Very Annie Mary" starring Jonathon Pryce and Ioan Grufydd. A Dram stands in a landscaped spot beside the A4064 in memory of miners who lost their lives in local colliery disasters, including the 1899 accident at Lluest Colliery whose victims included 13 year old Huw Davies.

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