Tipis at Ogmore by Sea, Vale of Glamorgan, South Wales
Our Tipis (Teepees or Tepees) at Ogmore are situated in the shadows of the 12th Century Ogmore Castle, just yards from Ogmore Riding School, a beautiful village pub and the thatched cottage that is Judith's and Eric's tea rooms. The panoramic photo above being the view from where the tipis are situated.
Please note: Any music and noise levels must be kept to a minimum in order to respect our neighbours.
The whole area around the Ogmore is of outstanding beauty with plenty to do and see. There are so many beautiful sights here that it is hard to know where to start, so in order of distance from the tipi's here we go. Alternatively if you would a quick look take a look at this gallery page.
The castle was in use until the 19th Century for a range of purposes, including a court of justice and a prison, but is now a substantial set of remains and local landmark. Click here for the story of Ogmore Castle.
52 stepping-stones lead across the ford of the Ewenny and Ogmore rivers to the pretty village of Merthyr Mawr. Local legend has it that they were laid for a love-sick girl who lived in the castle. Her lover lived across the river, and their meetings were impeded by tides and floods. Apparently the stones served their purpose - the lovers married in 1233.
Ogmore Farm Horse Riding
A two hour trek meanders from the yard twice a day, traversing rivers, beach and high sand dunes. The farm is set in beautiful surroundings, under the silent presence of imposing Ogmore Castle. Bookings can be made http://www.rideonthebeach.co.uk
Ogmore Farm tea Rooms
Just across the lane from the tipis you will find the tea rooms run by Judith and Eric. Teas, afternoon cakes and daily homemade specials are available here. Breakfast can be arranged here in advance as Judith will source the products from local farm shop. This building was the original Farmhouse until a just a few years ago.
The Pelican Pub
Just across the road from the teepees is a friendly country pub locally known as the Peli although officially named The Pelican in Her Piety. A cracking place to have a good drink that also offers some of the best food in the area. Live music is often on on a Friday or Saturday night. http://www.pelicanpub.co.uk
Southerndown Golf Club
Sitting above the tipis is Southerndown Golf course. This is a links-style course who's unique terrains make it one of the driest courses in Wales, with year round golf for both members and visitors. Please check their term before you come http://www.southerndowngolfclub.com
From the tipis go across the stepping stones on the river Ewenny and then over the Swinging Bridge into the beautiful village of Merthyr Mawr with its thatched cottages. As you walk through Merthyr Mawr towards the dunes you will see amazing wildlife, a beautiful church and depending on the season strawberry fields that you can pay to pick.
There are two castles, Ogmore Castle which is on site and Candleston Castle. A pleasant walk away to the west of the tipis, Candleston Castle can be found at the entrance to the Merthyr Mawr Warren, the highest sand dune slacks in Europe. To get to this castle from the tipis walk through Merthyr Mawr village as described above.
Ogmore By Sea Beach
Follow the river east for about a mile and a half, a really nice warlock along the rivers flood planes or above on a high tide. Ogmore beach is a large sandy beach ideal for sunbathing, swimming and surfing.. In the peak months there are Ice Cream Vans for refreshments at the car park. On a low tide lok out for tusker rock about a mile out from the beach, also on these low tides the various different bays along this coast merge, so you can walk throughHardy's bay and even onto Southerndown without leaving the beach.
On low tide you can get to this beach by crossing the river from Ogmore Beach. (Please be careful as there are strong currents here) Once on Newton Beach you can walk to Porthcawl fairly easily.