Ogmore-by-sea, Vale of Glamorgan, south Wales
A brisk - nay, chuffing freezing - Boxing Day beach walk
(Photos © urban75, 26th December 2008)
Last Christmas we took a trip up the valley to Nant-y-moel and Ogmore Vale, but this year we visited Ogmore-by-Sea (or Aberogwr in Welsh), a small seaside village, some 3 miles from Bridgend and 20 miles west of Cardiff.
Situated at the mouth of the River Ogmore, the river divides the Ogmore beach to the south and the dunes of Merthyr Mawr to the north.
The west-facing beach and coast has seen many shipwrecks as a result of the strong south-westerly winds from the Atlantic, with many falling victim to Tusker Rock, a reef a short distance from the shore totally covered at high tide.
The area used to be notorious for organised shipwrecking, with lanterns used on land to lure passing ships on to the rocks.
Looking over Ogmore By Sea.
There was a bitter wind blowing across the sands.
The beach was busy with Boxing Day walkers.
The wind was blowing spray over the waves.
Walkers, Ogmore-by-sea beach.
A sort of coral thing made from sand.
Despite the temperatures being in the minus, there was one hardy surfer battling the waves.
Looking north across the mouth of the River Ogmore.
Looking east up the River Ogmore.
Red warning flag for bathers.
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