Altitude 50m a.s.l
As a Train speeds by. © deepstar
Well worth combining with a trip to Ogmore as the tidal window can be quite restrictive.
A steep north facing slab of good quality limestone with some lovely water-worn pockets, slots and crack features, making the climbs possible. Unfortunately the run off during the winter means the base of the climbs have a coating of moss which requires a peel at the start of the season.
The east facing side of the quarry contains a series of steeper walls which should provide a decent winter (get there early if you want the sun) or cool summer evening venue.
From Junction 35 of the M4 follow the A473 to Bridgend. Several stretches of dual carriageway and roundaboouts lead to a oddly shaped traffic controlled roundabout, just after the McDonalds (joy), with the left turn signposted to Ogmore By Sea. Two options now present themselves....
Option A. Take the left turn and follow to St Brides Major (4km), just after Pant Quarry. The left hand turning, signposted Castle upon Alun, lies close to the entrance to the village and takes you, steeply, up a small hill. At an obvious dip in the road (1km) is a cross roads. Turn left here and park at the layby on the left (500m), opposite a telegraph pole.
Option B. Take this left turn and continue (1km) until a left turn is signposted to (Ewenny) Corntown, immediately after a river bridge.
Follow this road (1km) to a shop on the right (Ewenny/Corntown Stores), where a narrow road forks off up the hill on the right. Take this road over the crest of a slight hill. The road goes straight down (1km), to a solitary stone wall ringed house on the right. Take the narrow, and hard to spot, road on the right immediately after the house, and follow this to a ford. (Park here for the forbidden 5 min approach).
Cross the ford (sometimes deep) and continue (700m), passing under a bridge to reach a small parking space next to the river (telegraph pole, flow meter box and Glamorgan Naturalist Trust Plaque).
Now, from the layby.......Take the uphill footpath through the trees (100m) keeping a wall on your left to metal gate. 30m after passing through the metal gate take a faint path on the right which soon passes under a small rock escarpement to reach the top of the quarry after about 5 minutes walk. Descend through the trees a few metres back from the top of the crag to reach the base of the first routes.
Naughty way in from the ford is not worth taking, however....The direct approach from the large parking area immediately beyond the ford, crosses the railway line via some steep steps visible from the locked gate. The quarry is about 100m to the left along the rail track, just past an obvious rock cutting. The best place to hop over the fence would be just after the large W sign.One could then follow a faint path off left through the undergrowth past the badger's set. Of course, this access route is strictly forbidden and a hefty fine could ensue!
OS GR: SS 909 753 / 290912 (E), 175394 (N)
Nearest Post Code: CF32 0TL
Lat : 51.466967
|Visited on 14.05.2017 - amazing amount of work has gone into the quarry to make the routes viable - really worth a visit. Unfortunately the main slab was wet - but looks really good.|
evhall - 15/May/17