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Bridgend


Slow Ways linking Sarn and Bridgend (Wales), Maesteg, Pencoed, Pontycymer, Pyle, Tonyrefail

Wales / Bridgend / Sarn

Sarn’s six Slow Ways are 63% checked

Drawn: 6/6
reviewed: 5/6
verified: 2/6
and surveyed: 2/6

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Many Slow Ways have several route options. Some will be better than others, or good for different reasons.

Our goal is for each Slow Way to have at least one route that is verified and surveyed. To be verified – and get its snail badge – a route needs at least three positive reviews.

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Walk to Sarn from further afield

Slow Way Route To do
Maesteg—Sarn
Maesar one Pioneer me Distance 14km/9mi Ascent 270m Descent 341m
Maesteg—Sarn
Maesar two Review me Distance 12km/8mi Ascent - Descent -
Pyle—Sarn
Pylsar one

Double check Distance 9km/6mi Ascent 103m Descent 86m
Pyle—Sarn
Pylsar two Review me Distance 11km/7mi Ascent - Descent -
Sarn—Bridgend (Wales)
Sarbri one

Double check Distance 4km/3mi Ascent 71m Descent 43m
Sarn—Bridgend (Wales)
Sarbri two Enjoy me Distance 5km/3mi Ascent - Descent -
Sarn—Pencoed
Sarpen one

Double check Distance 7km/4mi Ascent 104m Descent 124m
Sarn—Pencoed
Sarpen two Enjoy me Distance 7km/4mi Ascent - Descent -
Sarn—Pontycymer
Sarpon one

Review me Distance 9km/6mi Ascent 50m Descent 147m
Sarn—Pontycymer
Sarpon two Review me Distance 9km/6mi Ascent - Descent -
Sarn—Tonyrefail
Sarton one Pioneer me Distance 15km/9mi Ascent 405m Descent 329m

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Collective progress

61% of Sarn’s six route options are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified

11/11

drawn

9/11

reviewed

5/11

surveyed

2/11

verified

4 people have contributed to Sarn’s Slow Ways

2 people have pledged to walk and review a route

5 people have surveyed a route in Sarn

74km out of 102km have been walked and reviewed

140km of reviews have been shared in Sarn

Latest Updates

Stuart Bain took this photo on Maesar two

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Leading a Ramblers group of 17 starting at Sarn, jumping on the train and walking back. Excellent route, excellent company and excellent weather! Photos: John Saunders...

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Stuart Bain surveyed Pylsar two

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Stuart Bain took this photo on Pylsar two

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Shortly after passing ASDA, the route goes off road and circles around Kenfig Hill rugby club and arrvies at the National Cycle Network (Route 4). The route enters Parc Slip and there is a memorial to an explosion in 1892 where 112 miners lost their lives. After the memorial the route goes north along the cycle path and ends up at the Parc Slip visitor centre where there is a café selling hot drinks and snacks....

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Pyle—Sarn

Stuart Bain added Pylsar two, a new walk from Pyle to Sarn

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The right of way close to Cefn Cribbwr junction is difficult to access and blocked in places. The path south of the memorial within Parc Slip is overgrown and there are better routes to take....

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Stuart Bain took this photo on Maesar two

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The route left Maesteg and followed an old tram road around the Garth into sleepy villages and then out of the Lynfi valley with a short climb up to Betws....

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Nice walk, mostly across common land which was a bit boggy in parts. No waymarking to speak of, so needed to keep an eye on the route....

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Paul Chilcott took this photo on Sarpen two

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After crossing the cattle grid at Pencoed to enter the common land, it seemed like a different world. There`s a nice green sward of grass to follow along the ridge for quite a way and then further on, the bracken had been cut to make a path, so it`s easy to navigate....

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Photo 1 - The boardwalk after crossing the dual carriageway at Sarn...

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Stuart Bain took this photo on Sarpen two

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Once on the ridge it’s easy walking and far reaching views across the region. So if it’s been raining in the previous week, be prepared with decent footwear....

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Stuart Bain surveyed Sarpen two

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Sarn—Pencoed

Stuart Bain added Sarpen two, a new walk from Sarn to Pencoed

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When doing this walk over common ground, the actual routes differ slightly to the OS map. There were paths on the map that don't really exist anymore. I've added SarPen Two to reflect the actual routes if you wish to walk it....

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It runs under the motorway and after a short stretch on a very quiet road, you follow the River Ogmore into Bridgend....

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Stuart Bain took this photo on Sarpon two

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The route is entirely on tarmac and flat (with the exception of of short slopes getting onto the path in Pontycwmer and joining Bryngarw park)....

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Stuart Bain surveyed Sarpon two

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As I struggled to find the right of way to continue into Brynmenyn, I wouldn't walk this route again and have created an alternative route (same distance) that includes a venture around Bryngarw park,...

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As most of the route is road based, I would have turned left at Penycae and walked up the pavement towards the shops and then right at the roundabout to Litchard Hill....

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If you don't know Sarn the best place to start is Sarn railway station where there is a free car park as well as an hourly train service between Maesteg and Bridgend (Cardiff). In wet weather some of the slats on the boardwalk can seem a bit spongy but it's quite safe. The whole path is shared with cycle users and is well used by locals....

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Stuart Bain took this photo on Maesar two

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At Shwt there is a bit of road walking but I didn’t see any cars and then through the woods. At Bettws there is a 100 metre section of narrow road walking with the cars whizzing by, so please take care. As you exit Bettws you go off road and enter the north entrance to Bryngarw country park....

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Stuart Bain surveyed Maesar two

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Maesteg—Sarn

Steve Dimmick pledged to walk Maesar two

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Maesteg—Sarn

Stuart Bain added Maesar two, a new walk from Maesteg to Sarn

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Sarn—Pontycymer

Stuart Bain added Sarpon two, a new walk from Sarn to Pontycymer

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For refreshments there's a cafe in Bryngarw Park (2km from Sarn) and The Charter (near the lakes at Blaengarw). Free car parking in Sarn at Ynysawdre Swimming Pool and in Pontycymer at the Life Centre or Blaengarw at Parc Calon Lan....

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Fortunately you don't have to walk alongside this busy road as there is a small access road running parallel that will take you up to the rugby ground. There is another busy road to cross via the pedestrian crossing and then you walk up through the town centre with shops, cafes and pubs....

Stuart Bain

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Stuart Bain surveyed Sarbri two

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Sarn—Bridgend (Wales)

Stuart Bain added Sarbri two, a new walk from Sarn to Bridgend (Wales)

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This route is 100% road based running through some fairly run down council estates so I didn't feel particularly comfortable walking the route and the scenery wasn't great....

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Maesteg—Sarn

Slow Ways added Maesar one, a new walk from Maesteg to Sarn

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Pyle—Sarn

Slow Ways added Pylsar one, a new walk from Pyle to Sarn

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Sarn—Bridgend (Wales)

Slow Ways added Sarbri one, a new walk from Sarn to Bridgend (Wales)

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Sarn—Pencoed

Slow Ways added Sarpen one, a new walk from Sarn to Pencoed

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Sarn—Pontycymer

Slow Ways added Sarpon one, a new walk from Sarn to Pontycymer

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Sarn—Tonyrefail

Slow Ways added Sarton one, a new walk from Sarn to Tonyrefail

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Sarn’s Slow Ways starting point

Grid ref

SS9013983532

Lat / Lon

51.53996° / -3.58552°

Easting / Northing

290,139E / 183,532N

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