When Mark invited us to a day at the seaside how could we refuse??!!
21 of us assembled at Portobello House on a dry and bright day.
It was really nice to see Garry and Tilly come to say hello.As Garry is struggling with an injury at the moment, he walked just a little way with us before they had to turn back.
The rest of us continued up a lovely green valley, Pant Y Cwteri and onto the top giving us some great views on such a clear day.
We carried on beside the golf course making our way to St Brides Major.
This is a pretty little village which includes a lovely little duck pond.
We continued through fields and a really old woodland down to Southerndown beach where the waves were magnificent crashing spectacularly on the stoney beach.
As the scene was so bracingly beautiful Mark decided to alter his original plan of lunch in the walled garden of the nearby Dunraven Estate so we perched on the sea wall, taking in the splendid views whilst enjoying our lunches.
Afterwards Mark led us into the area where Dunraven House, now demolished, used to be.We walked through the old gardens and up to a great viewing area where we could see the cliffs and sea northwards and across to Devon.
We took a high path right on top of the cliffs and had a further panorama covering 360 degrees.
Then we slithered down a muddy bank made very slippery by the recent rain and back passed Southerndown beach and climbed up again onto high cliffs, again giving us some fantastic views.
We were now walking towards the main beach at Ogmore, and had great views further over to Porthcawl and Swansea and when we turned the corner to make our way directly back to the cars, the beautiful dune system at Marthyr Mawr came into view.
Soon we were back at the cars.
Quite a few people on this walk hadn't been to the Ogmore/Southerndown area before, so many thanks to Mark for choosing this particular spot and for introducing them to this fantastic bit of the Welsh coast and for reminding the rest of us, who did know the area, just how beautiful our coastline is.