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Fantastic fossils on a Sunday afternoon

Winter is well and truly on its’ way. We decided to make the most of a dry Sunday afternoon and went for a blowy walk at Ogmore beach in the Vale of Glamorgan. Hats, scarfs and warm coats came out of the cupboard for the first outing of the year, and we wrapped up warm against the driving wind and rain.

We wanted to go slightly off the normal well-trodden path,and so we parked at a smaller car park in between the main beach and Southerdown. After a short downhill walk, we came upon rocky cliffs that  can be scaled down to a real rock hopping experience along a magnificent unspoiled coastline. A bit of care of awareness is needed while scrambling down. Our mission was to find fossils and driftwood for our ever-growing collection.

Hundreds of amazing fossils are dotted on each and every boulder underfoot,  as you make your way down the beach. Fantastic swirls, beautiful patterns and obvious images of a life-form from millenniums long-past are etched in the rocks along this stretch of coastline. Just be aware that the cliffs are too fragile to start chipping away, and the turning tide is really fast. If you think of taking a small snapshot of these stunning sights home with you, the best way way is to get down close to the shale and take away bits of rocks that have already eroded.

Just some of the brilliant examples of the fossilized treasures that we found…

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The cliff views are simply stunning. This environment is almost prehistoric.

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A good tip would be to always check out the tide times before heading to any beach, especially at Ogmore.  You could easily get immersed in the environment and have to suddenly escape from an incoming tide which could prove very tricky because of the rocky uphill terrain on this beach.

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So for my little adventurer, Ogmore beach is the best destination for an easy Sunday outing. And a good beach is really important in life.