Explore local heritage, charming community culture and breathtaking natural beauty - spend a day exploring Ogmore Valley with the NEW Heritage hub and trail.
Following recent renovations for The Memorial Hall, previously untouched documents, photos and historic articles have been transformed into a route spanning the length of the scenic valley. Walk or cycle the route to discover local history, cultural sites and the flora and fauna that call Ogmore their home.
Starting at the peak, discover one of South-Wales' photography hotspots, the Bwlch Pass on the head of Ogmore Vale otherwise known as Cwm Ogwr in Welsh. Dominated by the Bwlch Mountain, the roller-coaster hairpin road is a popular spot for sweeping views and fresh air.
Nestled below the Bwlch are the villages of Nantymoel, and Ogmore Vale, which was the first village in Wales to have electric street lighting and whose Gwalia grocery stores have been rebuilt at the St Fagans National Museum of History. Once centres of industry, both villages now nestle in superb countryside with excellent walking.
Wander from the village of Nant-y-Moel downwards through Princetown towards the fast flowing waters of Ogmore river.
When passing through Princetown...
As you continue the weaving walk through the valley, keep an eye out for the famous federation stone, an important memorial site for the miners of the valley. Look to the skies for the chance to spot British birds of prey such as the Red Kite and Peregrine Falcon which soar far above the upper reaches of the Ogmore River.
Did you know?
Local areas, Braich-yr-hydd means 'the mountain spur of the stag' and much like 'Carn-yr-hyddod' and 'Ton-yr-hyddod' all refer to the past presence of Red Deer in the area.
As you descend into the base of the valley, journey through Pantyrawel past the iconic Grade II listed finger post towards the meeting point of River Ogmore and Ogwr Fach. Cross the Pont y Frithwaun Bridges, three crossing points, one of which dates back to 16th century and was one of the original two roads across the area.
Pit-stop suggestion… The Black Mill Riverside Cafe
Have a bite to eat at Blackmill, an eco-conscious cosy cafe nestled in the heart of the picturesque village. Sample fresh organic produce in home-made breakfasts, light lunches and decadent cakes. Ideally located adjacent to the River Ogmore, sit back and indulge
Pit-stop suggestion… Llangeinor Arms
Take a rest from your adventure with a traditional pub lunch at the Llangeinor Arms, a short walk or drive from Blackmill. Soak up the panoramic views of the valleys and village below with a refreshing drink on the garden terrace. Also set in the midst of the Llangeinor conservation area, St Cein is the parish church of Llangeinor, a Norman-built church situated on an early 6th century Christian heritage site.
From the valley's foot...
Explore Bryngarw House and surrounding Bryngarw Country Park at the foot of the Valley. With over 100 acres of protected land to explore, choose from native woodlands, formal gardens and family-friendly play areas to stretch your legs.
Pit-stop suggestion… Cedars Tearoom
Grab a warming hot-drink in the comfort of Cedars Tearoom, serving seasonal products that are fresh and local. Situated in the heart of Bryngarw Country Park, surrounded by natural woodland and an abundance of wildlife