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Southerndown Beach

by sanjuro66 Online Now Mar 17, 2013 at 9:23 PM

Hello all. I'm a "Doctor Who" fan and wanted to visit Southerndown Beach (famous scene with David Tennant and Billie Piper). Can one traverse to this beach on foot from Bridgend or are there motorways that would create a walking hazard?

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    Re: Southerndown Beach

    by leics Online Now Mar 18, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    gives location info.

    The M4 passes to the north of Bridgend, so will not be a problem. But UK motorways are never the only way to get from A to B: there are always alternative routes on smaller roads.

    Have a look at the very detailed Ordnance Survey map of the area here:


    Put in Southerndown Beach and select the 'Southerndown Road, St Brides' option which appears. To get full detail, click the 'leisure' button top right of the map.

    Zoom in for details of public footpaths, land use, contours etc on the route from Bridgend, Some roads will not have footpaths (sidewalks) so will require care (walk facing oncoming traffic).

    You will be able to buy the actual map from bookshops etc when you are in theBridgend area.

    But there is a bus service Bridgend>Southerndown...the 145 on the link below...which may well be a better option:

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    Re: Southerndown Beach

    by aaaarrgh Online Now Mar 24, 2013 at 7:05 PM

    I'm sure it's possible. The river valley to Ogmore is pleasant and has a castle en-route! The UK is quite geared up for walking in comparison with many other countries. There are many rights-of-way for people on foot. As Leics says, it will help to have a large scale (1:25000) Ordinance Survey map with the footpaths indicated.
    If you're quite fit and used to walking, you could continue along the coastal path to Llantwit Major, where there is a railway station to take you back to Bridgend. You'll go past a lighthouse, another castle and many more splendid beaches on the way.

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