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General Information

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Quick links:  Accommodation     Airport     Bus Service     Cinemas     Community Transport     Dogs on the beach     Heritage Coast     Hospitals     Library      Local Papers     Places of Interest     Public Transport     Radio Stations     Seasonal Cruises     Summer Algae     Surf Reports     Tide Times     Train Stations     Vale of Glamorgan Walks     Villages and Towns Nearby   

Accommodation See our Businesses page for local establishments.    Back to top

Visit Visit Wales website

Public Transport:  Links in left column.  Back to top 

The bus service is be run jointly by the Vale of Glamorgan Council and New Adventure Travel.  A daily hourly service number 303 runs from Monday to Saturday from Bridgend to Barry via Ewenny, Ogmore-by-Sea (shop/post office) Southerndown (Three Golden Cups) St. Brides Major (Farmers Arms) and return.  Other villages included on the journey are: Wick, Broughton, Llantwit Major, Monknash, Marcross and St. Donats, Boverton, Eglwys Brewis, St. Athan, East Aberthaw and Rhoose. 

A two-hourly service will operate on Sundays and Bank Holidays running from Bridgend to Barry via Ewenny, Ogmore-by-Sea, Southerndown, Wick, St. Donat's, Llantwit Major, St. Athan and Rhoose. 

Visit Vale of Glamorgan Council bus time tables and routes page Ring 02920 442040 or visit New Adventure Travel website for more details. 

There is a train station in Llantwit Major (local route) and in Bridgend (Swansea to Paddington, London, line) which both connect with Cardiff. 

Cardiff Airport has flights to domestic (eg Glasgow) continental (eg Amsterdam) and international (eg Orlando) destinations. 

Greenlinks is a community transport scheme run by the Vale of Glamorgan Council for residents and groups in the rural Vale (serving approximately ten villages and towns) to enable them to visit doctors, dentists, community facilities and local events for example.  This is a membership-based service with volunteer drivers and the trip needs to be pre-booked.  Ring 0800 2941113 or visit the Vale of Glamorgan Council website.  From Monday, 3rd December, 2012 a regular weekly service (excluding Bank Holidays and others) from Llantwit Major to Bridgend via St. Brides Major was introduced. 

Heritage Coast:     Back to top 

Heritage Coast Wardens regularly pick litter from the beaches and surrounding countryside along the 14 miles of coastline.  Other groups and organisations also undertake this task every few months or so, usually at Ogmore-by-Sea.  The Marine Conservation Society holds an annual Beachwatch Big Weekend (third weekend in September) when volunteers undertake beach clean-ups and litter surveys are carried out.  Apart from the rubbish that is unfortunately left by visitors, twice a day the tide deposits flotsam and jetsam on the shoreline.  The Bristol Channel is a busy shipping lane and many items washed overboard are then broken up by the action of the waves and the rocks.  Many streams flow into the River Ogmore on the journey to the sea and any debris picked up along the way ends up in the estuary and then on the beaches.  All this makes it a never-ending task to keep the coastline clean.  Visit Keep Wales Tidy website

Unfortunately, people flush items such as disposable nappies and wet wipes down toilets and pour substances such as oil and fat down sinks which can lead to sewer blockages and potential escape of sewage into the environment and water courses affecting wildlife, fish, plants and, ultimately, themselves.  Visit Welsh Water / Dwr Cymru website 

In the summer months when it is particularly hot, there can be an overgrowth of algae which forms a creamy white froth and brown lumpy material in sea water that is very often mistaken for pollution or sewage.  The algae may cause mild skin irritation and should not be swallowed but is not known to be harmful; it is commonly of the species chaetoceros and phaeocystis If you observe any oil slicks or pollution (ie not algae) this can be reported to Environment Agency Wales on free-phone 0800 807060. 

Some of the more unusual finds washed onto our shores by severe storms were two rare Kemp's ridley turtles, found at Llantwit Major beach in December 2011 and January 2012.  This species nests on beaches in Mexico! 

Blue Flag flying at Dunraven Bay, Southerndown, in 2005 which was awarded for clean water and easily accessible beach

Blue Flag flying at Dunraven Bay, Southerndown, in 2005 which was awarded for clean water and easily accessible beach. In 2012, Southerndown won the Seaside Award and Ogmore achieved the Green Coast Award from Keep Wales Tidy. In 2013, Southerndown won the Green Coast Award. 

Dogs are banned from Southerndown beach, Dunraven Bay, from 1st May to 30th September.  See our page with more information from the Vale Council 

For tide times, surf reports, etc use link in left column for Bridgend Council or Weather from the BBC (then choose coast & sea) or visit surfing sites (see our Clubs/Organisations page for local groups, use link in right hand column).  Tide tables are also published in local papers and are available from local fishing tackle and marine stores, as well as tourist information offices and often at the beach, usually as GMT.  Visit Marine Conservation link for the Good Beach Guide

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The Waverley (the last sea-going paddle steamer) and the historic ship Balmoral, sail from Porthcawl Harbour, Barry, Penarth Pier and other locations on the South Wales coast.  Visit Waverley Excursions website

Vale of Glamorgan Walks   Back to top

See our Clubs/Organisations page for local walking and Ramblers groups, use link in right hand column.   

Nearby Villages & Towns and Other Places of Interest:  See our Arts, Crafts & Local Produce page and Businesses page, use links in right hand column.   Back to top

Visit Wick, Vale of Glamorgan, website 
Visit Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl website
Visit Dyffryn Gardens website

Visit Brecon Beacons website (Look out for information on seasonal bus service organised by the National Park Authority and partly funded by Bridgend County Borough Council)

Visit Penderyn Welsh Whiskey website 
Visit Barry Tourist Railway website for information on the museum and vintage trains that operate on special occasions and Bank Holidays between Barry Island Station and Barry Waterfront. 

Cinemas:     Back to top

There is an Odeon Cinema near Junction 36 of the M4 at Sarn, Bridgend; the Theatre Royal is in Barry; and the Apollo Cinema is on Aberavon Seafront, Port Talbot. 

Radio Stations:     Back to top

As well as the national broadcasters, we receive Real Radio, Swansea Sound and Red Dragon FM.  Visit Bridge FM website our local (Bridgend) radio station. 

Local Papers     Back to top

Visit The Glamorgan Gazette and The Echo website
Visit The Gem website

Hospitals:     Back to top

For Princess of Wales Hospital (Bridgend), Neath Port Talbot Hospital and Swansea Hospitals, use ABM Health Board link in left hand column.  For University Hospital of Wales (Cardiff) and Barry Hospital, use Cardiff and Vale Health Board link.  For more information and to find a doctor or dentist etc use Health of Wales Information Service link.  For an emergency chemist call NHS Direct on 0845 4647.  Back to top

Library      Back to top

A local community library service manned and run by volunteers is held on Saturdays from 10.00 am to 12.00 noon and on Wednesdays from 3.30 pm until 6.00 pm in St. Brides Major Church Hall. 

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