Merthyr Mawr Sand Dunes
Merthyr Mawr Sand Dunes
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Jade P
24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Lovely place to visit with beautiful views and nice walks along the beach on the sand dunes. Plenty of parking. Well worth a visit.
Written May 31, 2024
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Tried and tested traveller
United Kingdom36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Wonderful place, if your a walker you can walk to Porthcawl.

Dunes are some of the highest in Europe and kids love them.

Huge parking, great for Motorhome’s, horses, horse boxes etc
Written March 16, 2024
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Huwsie
Valletta, Malta78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
I've been going to and enjoying Merthyr Mawr since I passed my driving test back in 1978.
Visitors beware - as with all sand dunes, there is sand. You may experience some sand contamination of your clothes and shoes and maybe your car.
Used to take my sons there as they were growing up.. endless fun with a sledge coming down the dunes and they also have nothing but fond memories of MM.
I see some comments here about it being a gay cruising / dogging area - that's news to me. I have never seen / encountered anything in 45 years of visiting... and I'm sure I have walked every single path right down to Ogmore Beach.
Parking is now aggressively controlled by NPRC's. It's expensive, and extortionate for failure to comply / overstaying - but that's just like everything else in Wales. Enjoy it before the Tourism Tax is imposed!
Written August 14, 2023
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rh0dri80
Worcester, UK11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
These are very extensive sand dunes and a rare ecosystem. They extend inland a couple of miles. Some of the dunes are bordering on hills. The sand sledging if the sand conditions are right, not too dry or too wet. A small knights castle at Candleston. Its a hard walk across to Newton sands but worth it.
Written February 2, 2023
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Ray P
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Lovely place with ruins of candleston Castle, sand dunes where they filmed some of Lawrence of Arabia. U can sleigh down the dunes kids love it
Written November 2, 2022
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Cath S
Bridgend, UK28 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
Amazing walks and beautiful scenery. The car park could definitely do with being a bit cheaper though. Whilst not as expensive as Ogmore by Sea costal car park, its still not great
Written September 14, 2022
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travellerkMidlands
Solihull, UK1,008 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
It was a hot day so the walk was a little hard but it was worth it. Because of other reviews I was careful about the car park but it actually gave me a ticket saying it was free for one day. There were plenty of markers to the beach but somehow we got a bit lost coming back. There was hardly any litter and it was peaceful.
Written June 18, 2022
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Valleys chick
Wales, UK306 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Family
My partner and I decided to take our young son to Merthyr Mawr Sand Dunes. We paid for car parking and set off on our journey to the beach. There were some lovely walks with great views, including a walk along the sand dunes to a beautiful sandy beach. The beach was clean and spacious, but a little secluded. We felt safe because there were lots of people around. The beach would make a great picnic spot in the warmer months. Whilst at the beach we got talking to a local man who told us about the pretty village of Merthyr Mawr (lots of chocolate box cottages), the history of the medieval church and Candleston Castle. He also explained that there are a number of walks and in the summer we are planning to bring a picnic and to walk along the river across the stepping stones to Ogmore Castle. This is a great place for families seeking a cheap day out.
Written April 18, 2022
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Siân H
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
The car park is a joke. We went there to take the dogs for a walk and didn't see any signs to pay for the car parking . If we had seen them we would have paid . I have now received a fine of £60 !!! which is extortionate , they have a camera that photos your car when you go in and when you leave. The car park is not clearly marked and the fee is completely un justified.
Written October 25, 2021
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Son
30 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021 • Solo
Paid for 2 hours car parking, even displayed the receipt in the window. Overstayed by half an hour as I got lost on my way back, (no marked paths through the dunes). Got a letter with a £ 100 !!! fine in the mail today. Unbelievable that Merthyr Mawr estate or Bridgend County council employ companies like Local Parking Security LTD that are clearly designed to rip people off in a place of recreation! The fine money will obviously not end up supporting nature reservation but with a dodgy company. 👎👎👎 The dunes are great of course, but this carelessness of the ppl running the reserve absolutely spoiled it for me!
Written October 6, 2021
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