Southerndown and Dunraven Castle, 1st November

Due to recent significant rainfall causing concern regarding muddy footpaths, the recced walk was abandoned, in part, to avoid risk of slippin’ and slidin’!

Ten Wick Wanderers commenced the walk from All Saints Church Southerndown. The weather was bright and breezy; we set off in good spirits down the hill to Southerndown beach, then onward to the beautifully restored Dunraven walled gardens. The Gardens are popular with visitors and locals alike, providing a tranquil haven to sit and ponder within this historic site.

The group decided against coffee at this juncture; we walked on up through the fallen leaves of the woodland to arrive at the viewing point looking over to Nash point and the Bristol Channel. Fond memories of bringing their, now grown, children to the beach, were shared by some members of the group.

We left the viewing point to walk through to the site of Dunraven Castle, the location for several earlier fortifications. The first, it is said, to have been built in mid-12th century. (Wikipedia)

From this high point, overlooking Southerndown beach, and to the west, Porthcawl.  We then made a careful descent to the car park where we sat, in sunshine, to enjoy a coffee break before heading up from the bay to our waiting cars.