Kenfig Nature Reserve

Kenfig lies on the Glamorgan coast, just a short distance from Porthcawl. Part of a huge dune system, which once stretched along the coast from the River Ogmore to the Gower peninsula; Kenfig and nearby Merthyr Mawr NNR are the largest remaining areas. Kenfig Pool, the largest freshwater lake in south Wales, lies at the heart of the reserve and is particularly valuable as a stopping off point for migrating birds.

Formerly the site of a thriving town and castle, the dunes at Kenfig extended during the thirteenth to the sixteenth centuries, finally engulfing the town and nearby farmland during a series of violent storms.

The only surviving evidence of the ancient borough is the castle keep which rises out of the dunes at the north east corner of the reserve.

Apart from the boardwalk to the bird hides, access to the dunes is along natural sandy paths which are undulating and soft.

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