Ogmore by Sea Beach
The beach hosts plenty of facilities perfect for a family day out.
There is lots to discover at Ogmore; find fossils along the beach and the craggy rocks, spotting wildlife on the River Ogmore, or take a walk and discover the haunted Norman Castle and the expansive sand dunes accross the river at Merthyr Mawr. The beach provides hours of fun for the family with golden sands and plenty of rock pools to keep little explorers entertained. And with car parking overlooking the beach, its a perfect place for that family picnic.
Ogmore has a strange geological story to tell, the cliffs and rock formations date back from the carboniferous period (290 – 360 million years ago) to the Jurassic period (145m – 208m years ago), but with about 140 million years missing in the middle! If you look along the cliffs, you will notice a dramatic change in the textures of the rocks between the layers; really cool if you know what you’re looking at!
The River Ogmore attracts a wealth of wildlife throughout the year. Salmon and sea trout run up river, as do mullet, flounder and bass in the lower tidal reaches. A wide variety of bird life can also be seen here.
The Merthyr Mawr sand dunes, across the River Ogmore are some of the largest in Europe and are home to a number of important plant life and insect species – over a third of all plant and insect life found in Wales can be found in the dunes! To reach them by foot from Ogmore by Sea, walk up to Ogmore Castle, cross the stepping stones, and return walking along the river side.
Facilities are available and ice cream and food vendors are located in the Car Park. Dogs are permitted on Ogmore By Sea beach throughout the year.