Mawdlam lies near Kenfig, Bridgend County, on the south western corner of South Wales. In fact, it sits on the edge of the Kenfig nature reserve, the largest active sand dune system in Europe. The reserve abounds with wildlife, which can be watched via a boardwalk which leads to a 70-acre freshwater pool.
The remains of Kenfig Castle, under half a kilometre north of Mawdlam, is also well worth a visit. The castle was established during the 12th century by Robert, earl of Gloucester, and used as an administrative centre. During the 12th and 13th centuries it saw many invasions by the Welsh, but sadly from the 13th century onwards it was engulfed by the sand and began to decay.