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Sunday , 3rd April 2016

DESCRIPTION: Merthyr Mawr Sand Dunes are the second largest of its kind in Europe and a designated site of Special Scientific Interest due its many fascinating plants, insects, birds and fungii, some of which are nationally rare and unusual. This walk will lead us through this remarkable landscape of undulating grassy dunes near the mouth of the River Ogmore before reaching the long sand and rock beach known as Newton Bay or Black Rock Beach. From here, with sweeping views across the Bristol Channel, we'll head east along the stretch of beach and coastal path toward Newton near Porthcawl before returning via a slightly differing route.

WALK DETAILS

Date: Sunday 3rd April

Start point: Merthyr Mawr Car Park

Time: 9.15 am meet for 9.30 start

Duration: 6 miles / 3 hrs (approx)

Terrain: Sand dunes, beach, coastal path Kit: Comfortable weather-appropriate clothing, walking boots/walking trainers, walking poles (optional - some spares available), drink and snack

Charity: Wales Air Ambulance http://www.walesairambulance.com/

Suggested donation: £10

Other Info: Car parking fee £3, toilet facilities, dog friendly, no refreshments available so please bring your own

ADDRESS: Car park at Merthyr Mawr Sand Dunes (nearest postcode for Sat Navs is Merthyr Mawr Village CF32 0LS)

DIRECTIONS: the car park is a bit tricky to find if you haven't been there before so here's some directions you may find useful: - If heading west on M4, leave motorway at Junction 35 and take first exit toward Bridgend (4th exit if heading east) - Cross next 2 roundabouts following Bridgend/Porthcawl A473 signs - At next roundabout take 2nd exit (ignoring small retail park entrance) - Cross over next roundabout with carwash on your left - At next roundabout take 1st exit (B4265 Llantwit Major/B4524 Ogmore-by-sea) - Turn right after Ewenny Pottery onto New Inn Rd - Continue on this road until you reach a left turn (sign in grass says 'Chapel Barn Office Units'). Take this left turn leading you to the quaint thatched cottages of Merthyr Mawr village - Once in the village continue in a westerly direction along Merthyr Mawr Road, passing the village church on your right-hand side, for a distance of around two miles until you come to the main car park

Please note that Welsh Women Walking (WWW) cannot be held responsible for any loss, injury or damage caused on a walk or on the journey to and from each walking venue, however caused. Walkers should note that hill walking and outdoor activities in general can be dangerous pastimes and WWW has no control over the condition of the terrain to be walked on. Each participant on a walk voluntarily assumes the risk of participating in the walk and accepts responsibility for their own actions and involvement. Each participant should therefore familiarise themselves with navigation and walking techniques suitable for the standard of walk chosen and be suitably equipped to ensure their own safety at all times.

Merthyr Mawr & Newton Beach Walk

Our goal is to promote walking as a means of wellbeing for women

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