Skip to the content

Watersports

If the surf’s up then it’s time to head for Rest Bay in Porthcawl and a visit to the new Rest Bay Watersports Centre is a must! The centre overlooks the beautiful blue flag beach of Rest Bay which is one of Britain’s fastest growing surf destinations. 

The centre offers surf hire and year-round classes with the award-winning Porthcawl Surf School, as well as stand-up paddle board training.

White Water Rafting

Who a few years ago who would’ve thought the Welsh capital would rank as an activity break? The Cardiff International White Water course brings a mountain of adventure to Cardiff Bay. Kids and first-timers love it, yet pro paddlers rate it too because it condenses the rough-and-tumble of river rafting into an intense 254m run.

Golf

Discover the UK's hidden golf gems in stunning locations. Highlights include Royal Porthcawl Golf Club which is widely recognised as the best in Wales and its links course is set to rival any in the world.

Pyle and Kenfig, a course dramatically cut into the majestic dunes that line the Porthcawl coast is recognised with Golf Union of Wales Golf Club of the Year Award 2017. Southerndown Golf Course is the nearest championship links-style course to the Ryder Cup 2010 venue at Celtic Manor – less than an hour's drive away. Visit Golf Wales for further information.

Coastal Walks

The Wales Coast Path takes in stunning scenery spanning 870 miles, making it the largest continuous coastal path in the world and about 37 miles of this amazing path runs through the Glamorgan Heritage Coast.

From Gileston in the East to Porthcawl in the West, it's an invigorating route that takes in award winning beaches, dramatic cliffs and dunes, eye-catching castles and National Nature Reserves such as Kenfig National Nature Reserve

Along the route enjoy the thatched cottages and meadows of Merthyr Mawr village before crossing the iconic stepping stones to the dramatic ruins of Ogmore Castle.

For a bit more of a challenge, test your strength and endurance walking amongst the sand dunes at Merthyr Mawr, including one of the largest single dunes in Europe, known as 'The Big Dipper'!

A few more suggestions:

Porthcawl Seafront A new section of Route 88 runs along the seafront at Porthcawl - flat and safe.
Cardiff Bay Barrage Coast Path 6.2 mile: Circular trail around Cardiff Bay, via the Barrage and Pont y Werin which links Penarth Marina and the International Sports Village.
Ogmore by Sea Walk  8 miles: Wonderful natural views such as the Merthyr Mawr sand dunes, Dunraven Bay, Ogmore Castle, St. Bridget's Church and the walled gardens and ruins of Dunraven Castle.
Coast & Lighthouse Walk 4.5 Mikes: Spectacular, breathtaking views along the Glamorgan Heritage Coast with rural farmlands and the ancient woodlands of St Donat's Castle
Celtic Crosses & Coast Walk 3 Miles: The perfect route for those who enjoy a bit of history with their walk. The town of Llantwit Major has been a settlement for over 3000 years.
Park & Seaside Walk 7 Miles: From quiet coves to the bustling beaches of Barry, this trail offers walkers the opportunity to experience the Vale of Glamorgan's diverse coastline.
Coast & Pier Walk 5 Miles: This linear route offers wonderful insight into the tourism and maritime industries so important to the Vale of Glamorgan.
The Three Walks Dunraven Three stunning coastal and countryside walks around Dunraven on the magnificent Glamorgan Heritage Coast. 


Regional Inspiration

Alternatively, for more inspiration take a look at some of the coastal areas to explore: 

Bridgend Cardiff Bay Vale of Glamorgan