Porthcawl is home to some of South Wales' greatest adventure highlights. From riding the closest consistent waves to London, to fatbiking over Europe's second highest dunes, here are five ways to enjoy an active adventure in Porthcawl - and finish your summer with bang.
Make a splash in the closest surf beach to London
Some of the best watersports opportunities in Wales can be found right here in Bridgend County. Head to the epic shores of Rest Bay beach, where you can surf hire your own kayak, or have a go at stand up paddle boarding. Watersports newcomers can learn to surf with Porthcawl Surf School, Cressey's Surf Academy and Adventures Wales. /SearchItemDetails.aspx?Id=265080
Explore the Glamorgan Heritage Coast
This is the mighty Glamorgan Heritage Coast, which stretches for 14 miles between Aberthaw and Newton, and is fringed with delightful towns, small villages and miles of footpaths and country lanes that are ideal for scenic and cultural explorers. Walk from Porthcawl along the coast to to take in the limestone cliffs whilst discovering the tempting rock pools, head to Ogmore to explore the ancient castle ruins and stepping stones, or discover mighty sand dunes and thatched cottages at Merthyr Mawr. /wales-coast-path.aspx
Climb the second highest sand dunes Europe
You might not think it, but we are home to the second highest dunes in Europe, including the towering 'Big Dipper', a natural marvel that may be a tough climb but the resulting epic coastal views are more than worth it! And for a truly epic experience Porthcawl Bike Hire now offer the opportunity to take families on a unique fatbiking adventure across the dunes - a dare devil's way to take in views of the coast! For gentler sand dune experience, discover the wildlife at Kenfig national Nature Reserve. http://porthcawlbikehire.co.uk/
Discover white sandy beaches
Wales is home to more Blue Flag beaches per mile than anywhere else in Britain and Bridgend is no expception with Rest Bay and Trecco Bay both holding Blue Flag staus. We're definitely not short of epic shores. Whether you're after the calm golden expanses of Rest Bay or the eye-catching pink marble pebbles of Pink Bay - Bridgend County is a truly bold and beautiful landscape. Sandy Bay is just a short walk from Porthcawl town centre while Trecco Bay has great facilities for family adventurers. If you've got a four-legged friend head to Newton Bay, which is open for dogs all year-round. /2016/6/29/bridgend-county%27s-best-beaches.aspx
Ride the waves with an immersive surf experience
Porthcawl is hosting an array of seascape events this summer, from giant performance whales to streetside comedy shows. Step on a surfboard and immerse yourself in a panoramic experience of Rest Bay with the town's brand new immersion room launching this Autumn. Take in the views, ride the waves and gain first hand experience of what it feels like to surf in Porthcawl.Launching soon.