The Bwlch Continued

The Bwlch mountain is about 10 miles from the town of Bridgend at the head of the Ogmore Valley. Just follow the A461 road from J36 of the M4.

There are a couple of waterfalls on the left of the road on the way up, so keep your eyes peeled at the first tight bend you come to.

Once you reach the top of The Bwlch you will be greeted by sheep and possibly an ice cream van! If you climb to the top South facing hill from the car park, you will be able to see down the Ogmore Valley. Beyond that on a clear day, you can see all the way to the coast of Somerset and Devon.

Turn to the North and you will see Treochy and beyond that the mountains of the spectacular Brecon Beacons.

There are a number of walks across the top of the mountain. You will see many hang gliders and para gliders drifting over the valley on some days. Occasionally, if you are unlucky you might meet a motorbike scrambler disturbing the peace.

The mountain sides at the top of the Ogmore Valley have a fantastic golden light playing on them about an hour before sunset. It’s a great opportunity for photographers.

It can get windy up there, even on the warmest of days so take a jacket just in case. Some people feed the sheep in the car park. Not a great idea as they will surround you and/or your car, leaving a mess and possibly making it difficult to leave…..

Here is a photo of a clear mountain stream, just off the road on the right as you clear the last houses on the way up.Image

There are quite a few of these over the mountains. They all feed the River Ogmore which eventually finds its way to the sea at Ogmore By Sea.

This is the view from the stream looking West

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Hope you enjoyed the pictures. Pay a visit and take some yourself. You might bump into me there…. but you are more likely to bump into a sheep. It’s ok, they are friendly

You can see more photographs connected with this blog by clicking on’ more photos’ under the thumbnails on the right, which will take you to my Flickr page or click on this link to go direct to the Bwlch photos there:-

http://flic.kr/s/aHsjzPZ8ba

Until the next time, bye

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