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Kenfig National Nature Reserve, Bridgend

Categories: Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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4.1/5 based on 140 reviews on the web
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  • Lovely area to walk the dogs and let the children run around for an hour. The walk to the beach is longer than I remembered and the children (3 & 5) were worn out on the way back. Could do with more d...  read more »
  • I travelled here with my wife with a view to taking some wildlife photos. Unfortunately we were very badly disappointed in that there were no directions to anything from the car park. i very much doub...  read more »
  • Beautiful spot but totally spoilt by the amount of dog mess left by dog owners, I have a dog and pick up his mess but I was taken aback by the amount of dog mess left , awfull if visiting with childre...  read more »
  • This was a favourite place to visit growing up and is a regular destination even now. The dunes are storm deposited and wind blown sands from the Bristol Channel. The grasses and vegetation are a relatively recent addition to stabilise dune movement and the result is that this reserve is an SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) for the flora and fauna it contains.. For the casual visitor it is a labyrinth of pathways between the dunes, a large pool (which sits along the original route of the River Kenfig until the onset of the sands), grasslands, wetlands and some lovely unspoiled beach. It is regularly attended by birdwatchers (there are hides around the pool and the more distant wetlands area is a haven for herons, swans and other waterfowl), runners, dog walkers, families, horse riders and basically anyone who wants to get out into the countryside. If you want to take the 30 minute trek to Sker Beach (45 minutes if you have young kids), remember that the only toilet facilities are at the visitor centre. Make sure to take drinks too. Don't worry if you get lost. Nearly all paths run East-west and converge on the car park. Just pick a distant point and head towards it and you'll be fine. No need for hiking boots. Flat shoes are a must though. Due to the sand, wheelchair access is not really feasible, but there is a raised timber causeway which allows at least partial access. Sites of interest to some, include an abandoned RAF observation tower near the estuary of Afon Cynffig (and its wetlands area), the wreck of the Altmark is also nearby. At the north end of Morfa beach can be found the wreck of the MV Amazon, some sections of Mulberry Harbour and a sunken Centaur Tank. At the south end of the beach can be found occasional bits of wreckage from the SS Samtampa. I have read one story (which I don't believe) that U.S. Troops buried 3 broken down Sherman Tanks in the dunes too.
  • Great place for walking and bird watching. Lovely and peaceful lovely views
  • A lovely little area, free of rubbish but not dog poo. A lo of geocaches down there too.
  • Great out door space popular with walkers and dog lovers.
  • Great place for a long or short walk
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