Kenfig Nature Reserve
A lovely coastal walk around this national nature reserve near Porthcawl, Bridgend. The site includes expansive sand dunes and the Kenfig Pool, Glamorgan's largest lake. It's a great place for wildlife with many water loving birds visiting the lake. Look out for Golden Plovers, Tufted Duck and Gadwalls from the bird hides positioned around the water.
The handy visitor centre has lots of information on the flora and fauna you can expect to see on your walk. This includes pretty wildflowers such as Pyramidal Orchid and Early Marsh-orchid.
The walk starts at the car park and visitor centre. From here you can pick up sandy paths taking you past the pool to Kenfig Sands by the sea. There's great views across Swansea Bay, the Gower, Margam Sands and down to Port Talbot's industrial area.
More trails then take you from the beach across Kenfig Burrows, returning to the pool and the car park.
To extend your walking in the area you could pick up the Wales Coast Path and try our Porthcawl Coastal Walk. This will take you to the Merthyr Mawr Nature Reserve where you can climb the 'Big Dipper', the highest sand dune in Wales.
Just to the north of the reserve you will find Margam Country Park. The park includes the magnificent Margam Castle, an 18th Century Orangery with ornamental gardens and a Deer Park, all set within 1000 acres of beautiful countryside.