Circular walk from St Brides Major around Ogmore common, 25th October

Parking after the cattle grid going out of St Brides, six of us set off up the lane opposite passed the Scout Hall, up the hill to Ogmore common and straight on following the boundary of Pant Quarry. We stopped to look over into the large void left from quarrying and Graham informed us that the stone they quarried was carboniferous limestone.

We continued on route to the far end by the 15th green of Southerndown Golf Club to admire the view over Merthyr Mawr and Porthcawl. Turning left we followed the path and boundary of the golf course stopping for a refreshment break before carrying onto the top of the valley with the remains of the Pant Mari Flanders house and well.

Turning left up to Heol-Y-Mynydd flocks of Canada Geese were flying in formation down to the Ogmore estuary making their wonderful honking sounds. There have been hundreds of them this autumn and I saw the first ones arrive in August; it will not be long before they fly off to warmer places. 

We then turned left and followed the foot path through some fields and over two stone styles passing Tynycaia Farm and joined the drive and road down passed St Bridget’s church into the village and back to the cars.                                                          

After a wet start the sun came out and we all enjoyed the beautiful views that you get from different parts of the walk over the Bristol Channel and Vale, a total of 3½ miles. We had all done this walk before, but we all agreed that it was worth revisiting.