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Southerndown Beach

Bridgend, Bro Morgannwg / the Vale of Glamorgan

A beautiful west facing sand and pebble bay at the foot of cliffs on the Heritage Coast. Rural beach with spectacular views surrounded by farm land. Local kiosk serves ice cream and refreshments. Beach is rocky at high tide. Popular with surfers and caneoists.

Beach Type

Sand & pebbles


Toilets and a heritage coast centre


Some good rockpools to explore or looking for fossils in the pebbles

Nature and Wildlife

Joined to the heritage coast path which leads to an interesting castle along the cliffs. Care should be taken when walking on the cliffs.

Water Quality




Cleaning and Litter

The beach is cleaned daily by the rangers.


Dogs are banned during summer.

Awards and Recommendations

Marine Conservation Society Recommended

Tourist Information

Glamorgan Heritage Coast Centre 01656 880157


Nearest town: Bridgend
County: Bro Morgannwg / the Vale of Glamorgan
Latitude/Longitude: 51.4436, -3.60599
Postcode: CF32 0RT
(postcode is for sat-nav purposes only, and may not represent the actual address of the beach)


M4. junction 35. Take the A48 towards Bridgend then follow the B4524 towards St Brides Major and then Southerndown.

Public Transport

A bus service is available to Southerndown.

Nearest Railway Stations

Bridgend (Approx. 5 miles away)
Wildmill (Approx. 5 miles away)
Llantwit Major (Approx. 6 miles away)
Sarn (Approx. 7 miles away)
Pencoed (Approx. 7 miles away)

Important! Distances are as the crow (or seagull) flies. Road distances may be considerably longer, especially at estuary locations.


car park next to the beach. a fee applies. This can get busy when an overflow is availbale a short walk away.

Nearby Car Parks

Southerndown Beach, Southerndown (Unknown stay).
About 0.2 miles away
Cymlau (Pwll y Maer), Southerndown (Unknown stay).
About 0.5 miles away
West Farm, Ogmore-by-Sea (Unknown stay).
About 0.8 miles away
Brig-y-Don, Ogmore-by-Sea (Unknown stay).
About 1.4 miles away
Rivermouth, Ogmore-by-Sea (Unknown stay).
About 2.2 miles away
New Mill Farm, Monknash (Unknown stay).
About 2.5 miles away
Candleston Castle, Merthyr Mawr (Unknown stay).
About 2.8 miles away
Trecco Bay, Porthcawl (Unknown stay).
About 3.8 miles away
Leisure Pool, Bridgend (Long stay).
About 4.2 miles away
Five Bells Road, Bridgend (Long stay).
About 4.2 miles away

Accomodation Links

Hotels and Guest Houses in Bridgend