Merthyr Mawr Warren, 4th April

Five of us set off from WVH by cars to Merthyr Mawr village and parked by the suspension bridge over the river Ogwr and admired the view across to Ogmore Castle ruins. Despite a damp start the weather remained dry as we set off in good spirits along the road out of the village down to Merthyr Mawr Warren. Along the way, with the birds singing loudly, we noticed various wild flowers which Graham was able to name for us, and admired the sheep with their lambs in the fields.

Merthyr Mawr Warren is part of a National Nature Reserve with miles of sandunes including the Big Dipper, the highest dune in Wales and definitely not on our agenda for today’s walk, so we headed up from the car park along a sandy trail admiring the carpets of white anemones under the woodland areas either side before turning back to the car park to check out Candleston Castle ruins, a 14th century fortified Manor House.

We retraced our footsteps back into the village to have a look at St Teilos church and the Celtic stones. As a funeral was about to take place there, we were only able to see the Celtic stones which are displayed behind the church. We continued past some of the thatched cottages and turned left to have a wander up to Home Farm and admire Grahams favourite gate at its entrance and the 2 donkeys and horse in the field opposite.

We returned to the car park for a photo and then headed off for coffee at Ewenny Garden Centre, and all enjoyed revisiting this picturesque area which is on our doorstep.