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The Bridgend Valleys have splendid landscapes, walking and myths.

The head of Ogmore Vale (Cwm Ogwr in Welsh) is dominated by the Bwlch mountain. The road leading up to the Bwlch brings you to a junction from which you get a wonderful panorama overlooking the Rhondda Fawr valley to the east, the Afan valley to the west, the Brecon Beacons to the north, and down past the Ogmore valley itself and over the channel to Somerset to the south.

Nestled below the Bwlch are the villages of Nantymoel, where the 1949 Ealing comedy "Run for your Money" was partly filmed as was the Oscar nominated Welsh film, "Solomon and Gaenor" 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. The Ogmore valley offers a wonderful glimpse into how the valleys of South Wales looked before industrialisation.

Area Highlights

  • Cycling

    The Ogmore Valley is part of a brilliant cycle route across south Wales, following Route 884 and then joining the Bwlch road.

  • Bwlch Pass

    During the Depression of the 1920s and 30s, one relief scheme was to build hairpin roads out of the hitherto dead-end Valleys, both to bring some work to the area and open the various valleys out. Ever since, this roller-coaster of a road out of the Rhondda has been a popular excursion, for views, fresh air and an ice cream at the top.