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Bridgend is historically a part of the Vale of Glamorgan, and lies halfway between Cardiff and Swansea. Situated on the River Ogmore, it is part of the Glamorgan Heritage Coast and Countryside. This offers 14 miles of spectacular coastline stretching from Aberthaw to Porthcawl in the west, and is only a very short drive from Bridgend. You can drive out to walks along the Heritage Coast Path to see most of the area’s beaches, numerous species of rare birds and the otherworldly sand dunes at Merthyr Mawr.
Further inland is the Brecon Beacons, with its Neolithic and Bronze and Iron Age history, and to the north is the Gower Peninsula, the UK’s first designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Both are less than an hour’s drive from Bridgend.
While there are good public transport links in the area, by far the quickest and easiest way to get around is by car.
You can use Expedia to arrange your car rental before you fly and pick up your car from one of several car rental desks at the airport.
With the M4 motorway barely a mile from the town centre, you can travel much further afield if you wish, though it’s unlikely you’ll want to leave behind the delights of Bridgend and its surrounding area.
Hiring a car is a great way to make the most of your stay in Bridgend, and to enjoy the spectacular countryside around it.