Bridgend (Wales)Pencoed

Bripen one
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Distance

8km/5mi

Ascent

168m

Descent

161m

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This is a Slow Ways route connecting Bridgend (Wales) and Pencoed.

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This is a Slow Ways route connecting Bridgend (Wales) and Pencoed.

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Problems reported -  Safety (1)

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Bridgend (Wales)
Grid RefSS9075879851
Lat / Lon 51.50700° / -3.57545°
Easting / Northing290,758E / 179,851N
What3Wordsfollow.junior.exile
Pencoed
Grid RefSS9594881629
Lat / Lon 51.52396° / -3.50122°
Easting / Northing295,948E / 181,629N
What3Wordshazelnuts.lush.nature

Bripen One's land is

Pasture 37.8%
Urban 62.2%

Data: Corine Land Cover (CLC) 2018

Review


Black Squirrel

23 Jul 2021

This is a walk of two parts. Firstly, walking through Bridgend to Brackla is easy on well defined paths sometimes shared with cyclists. Path can be quite steep in places. From Brackla onwards the route becomes more problematic for a variety of reasons.

At Princess Way, a simpler route can taken through an underpass. The track alongside Brackla Primary School has been remade and simplified. Keep straight on to Brackla Way and turn right . Avoid the temptation to use another underpass at this point. There is a small shopping centre with supermarket, newsagents and other shops adjacent to the roundabout.

After crossing Channel View for the first time the path narrows and steepens, eventually entering an open grass area. Keeping to the left hand side, approach Channel View for the second time where there is a flight of steps down to the road. To avoid the steps walk around Channel View.

Problems arise at Heol Simonston. Approaching the roundabout, the path bears right through trees and emerges on a wide verge at Heol Simonston, which can often be very busy with fast moving traffic. The lane opposite which crosses to Bryn Road has two entrances both of which can be accessed only by walking a short distance along Heol Simonston and then crossing the road. Both crossings have poor sight lines and are in my opinion dangerous.

The route then leads along high banked lanes with no footpath or verge, until reaching the entrance to Coed y Mwstwr. Some traffic can be met and caution should be observed. The route then takes the driveway to Coed y Mwstwr then on to a farm track, field and into woods. There are stiles at the entrance and exit to the woods. After exiting the wood, descend field to another stile in tree line at bottom. Continue descending an unpromising line through next field towards the M4 to find another stile hidden at the bottom to the right. Turn right and follow the roar of the traffic across steeply sloping ground, to find another hidden stile, then steeply down on difficult ground and steps to find subway under M4. Footpath under subway is good, then cross playing fields into Pencoed village. Walk on pavements to station.

In these latter stages, there are 5 stiles in all, steep ground through farmland in some places difficult for wheelers, and steps to negotiate. Path in woodland was boggy even on the hot day when I walked it. Some sheep in fields and evidence of cattle in one field. Competent map-reading necessary in places. In countryside, paths look to be infrequently used.

Pencoed is a small village with a pub, a couple of cafes and supermarkets. The railway station has services to Bridgend and Swansea to the west and Cardiff to the east.

Alternatively from Brackla, narrow path through trees parallel to Heol Simonston, crossing Tremains Road. Under railway bridge on narrow footpath, then left into Coychurch village. Continue through village to join footpath along the A473. Follow this until old Coychurch road branches off left. Follow this into Pencoed village and station. Likely to be busy but good pavements from Coychurch and flat.


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