Southerndown is a quiet seaside resort on the south coast of Wales. It is situated in the county of the Vale of Glamorgan, with Bridgend 5 miles to the north west, Cardiff 24 miles to the east, and Cardiff International Airport 15 miles south east.
There are three beaches at Southerndown, separated by rocky headlands. The most northerly beach, Dunraven Beach, is a west-facing beach and surfers appreciate the good-quality surf, helped by the warming effects of the Gulf Stream. On the headland is the ruined Dunraven Castle.
The two other beaches, which are reached by stone steps, stretch all the way down the coast to Nash Point near Llantwit Major. The two beaches on the southern section are Traeth Mawr and Traeth Bach.
Between the three of them the beaches are great places to visit. Dunraven beach for the family, as it has wide stretches of sand, lots of rock pools and a small café; the others beaches with rocks, pebbles, and dramatic cliffs are popular with anglers, groups of geologists and fossil collectors, …oh and not forgetting the many photographers who wish to capture the dramatic rock formations.
Several walks radiate out from the village. The Ogwr Ridgway Walk and the Valeways Millennium Heritage Trail meet up at Southerndown as they thread their way through the village en-route from St Brides Major, and along the coast to Monknash, Marcross and St Donat's.
If all this walking gives you a thirst there is always the Three Golden Cups public house and restaurant in the village for fine ales and good food.