Holidays, Travel

South Wales beaches – Merthyr Mawr

Merthyr Mawr Beach

We were planning to spend our third day of beaches at Trecco Bay. But as we stood trying to figure out which side of the bay was better on a murky day there appeared to be a stretch of sunshine in the distance. We worked out logistics and decided it was Merthyr Mawr beach. I haven’t been to Merthyr Mawr since I was a child, but it is renowned for its sand dunes. Merthyr Mawr BeachWe found our way across to the car park next to the Dunes and from there just followed the signs to the beach.

As a warning it is quite a way to the beach, to get there you get to experience the most fantastic sand dunes (the second highest in Europe). A sledge would be ideal and it’s definitely worth breaking the journey up a little.Merthyr Mawr Sand dunesE at Merthyr Mawr Sand DunesWhen we did eventually reach the beach, it didn’t have the same awe as the sand dunes. It’s a very odd beach with the sand seemingly bouncing a little as you walk along it, a very odd sensation. Horses on Merthyr Mawr beachBut at the top you have a little of the sandiness of the sand dunes which makes it great for relaxing. The horses cantering across the beach create a little more excitement for the little people, and a sight I’ve not seen before.

You can see across to Ogmore,  another favourite beach of ours. And if I’m honest, it’s probably the beach we’ll return to, Merthyr Mawr is definitely about the Dunes.Overlooking OgmoreIn saying all that, of course we had a fantastic day. The best company, a bit of body-boarding, a picnic, and some dune jumping. Perfect.Twins at Merthyr Mawr Beach Merthyr Mawr One learning point for the day- you can’t walk across to Ogmore Beach readily. Especially with the tide coming in. But there you go, lesson learned along with a bit of an adventure.

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