Based around the Ogmore river, a visit to Bridgend County will take you through the historic county of Glamorgan which occupies the Llynfi, Garw and Ogmore valleys. Its three main towns being Bridgend with its newly created walkway along the River Ogmore. Maesteg, a former mining town which lies at the northernmost end of the Llynfi Valley and Porthcawl, a seaside resort on the south coast of Wales with many hotels and guest houses boasting some of the cleanest beaches in South Wales.
The main rivers are:
Ewenny River a small river with a length of ten miles, which forms the border between the counties of Bridgend and the Vale of Glamorgan.
River Garw, which runs for about 12 miles, from its source in the hills above Blaengarw.
River Llynfi, from its source north of Maesteg runs for 10 miles and flows southwards through the Llynfi Valley.
River Ogmore, always popular with anglers which starts at the Gilfach Goch and Ogmore Vale area running past Bridgend and Ogmore.
There are many beaches in the county, the main ones being:
Coney Beach, a small amusement park in Porthcawl and in operation since 1920.
Kenfig Sands, a National Nature Reserve which is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
Rest Bay, a sandy Blue Flag beach which is situated in the west of Porthcawl being very popular for surfing and water sports.
Sandy Bay in Porthcawl, which hosts the ever popular Christmas morning swim, is a large sheltered and sandy beach with the water quality being rated as excellent.
Trecco Bay, which is a large sandy and rocky Blue Flag beach, with the Trecco Bay holiday park being situated alongside the beach.
Candleston Castle, 14th Century fortified manor house south west of Merthyr Mawr.
Coity Castle, Norman castle ruins that stand in the Community of Coity Higher.
Newcastle Castle, a ruin overlooking the town centre of Bridgend, Newcastle Hill was constructed in 1106.
Ogmore Castle, which is situated on the east bank of the River Ogmore and south bank of the River Ewenny, with Cowbridge being situated nearby.