Porthcawl / Bridgend

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  1. andyman

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    Anyone been to Porthcawl,Bridgend. Is there any Motorhome parking close to the beach. Thinking of a few days at The Rest Hotel CL,anyone ben here or can suggest a quite site in the area.

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    Hi.
    We have been to the rest a few times this year ,overlooking the sea, but we always park away from the fence { golf} you will see what I meen ,there are a few campsites around Porthcawl I would not bother with Bridgend.:thumb:
     
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    Live just outside Bridgend. There are various bays/beaches around Porthcawl but parking doesn't tend to be a problem for the surfers' vans, so you should be OK.

    If you want to go into the town, assuming the following link works <http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&s...51.47734,-3.704184&spn=0.006087,0.013636&z=17>:

    1) The Eastern Promenade next to the fairground is where all the MHs congregate. Free parking. Overnighting is not allowed, but don't tell me the dozen or so vans I regularly see at 9/10am have only just turned up :Wink:.
    2) Failing that, the pay & display car park next to The Portway usually has plenty of space and no barriers.
    3) There are free parking spaces all along the road from Eastern Promenade all the way to Mallard Way, if you don't mind the walk, but the traffic can be busy and the width of the road means it's more for cars than MHs.

    I'm embarrased to admit that I cannot recall whether there's a time limit on the free parking, or whether the car park has a motorhome restriction.
     
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    At this point I should proudly jump to the defence of my local town....but to be honest Griffs has a point, unless you enjoy visiting declining towns that have lost a lot of their trade to out-of-town supermarkets and designer outlets :Sad:.
     
  5. Welsh girl

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    I thought they had banned the parking of motorhomes by the roadway beside the fairground as there was a lot of vans taking advantage and having large gas bottles and the like outside on the pavement so obviously living in them on the roadside and that the council had stopped all that? I agree with the comments that bridgend has gone downhill I lived there about 15 years ago and it was very different then , the mcarthur glen designer outlet at the outskirts and the nearby retail park had a lot to do with it, I lived there before all that was built and it was a nice little town, went back to visit last year and was shocked how downhill it had gone, ok they have a new bus station but the rest I say leave well alone but I have seen vans stopping at the rest bay CL never stayed myself I didnt have a MH then but it has got lovely views and a short walk to the beach where they do a lot of surfing and they have a big boot sale every sunday, dontr know how that works with the CL as the car park seems to be the CL with that being the main car park for the booters
     
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    Hi
    We have stayed at the Rest many times, nice walks and beaches, can get busy on nice days
    There is another little site we use just outside Newton Bay
    www.whitewheat , it is set a little out in the country but an easy walk to the beaches and has always been a nice peaceful spot:thumb:
    Worth a try
    Happy Daze
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    Porthcawl is a town in need of a face lift.:Sad:
    You,d be better off travelling an extra half hour
    or so to swansea and the gower,recommend port eynon.:thumb:

    Sean
     
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    Chris your link doesn't work - try this: http://www.whitewheat.co.uk/
    You been drinking too much red wine? :Laughing:
    Phil
     
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    Hi Phil
    I am suprised anything is working following all that Bardolino !:Rofl1:
    Hope to see you at Malvern ?
    Happy Daze
    Chrisboyo
     
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    Bridgend has a good Designer Retail Outlet Park:Smile:
     
  11. 1_man_and_his_dob(lo)

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    I think you're being very generous, or maybe living nearby on-and-off for most of my life has left me jaded :BigGrin:

    Having spent a couple of days camped near Weston-super-Mare recently, I couldn't help but think of Porthcawl as a mini-Weston, and not in a good way. Both became hugely popular at the same time and for the same reason. The only difference is that I might actually want to visit Porthcawl in the near future...even if it is to do my recycling hardhat
     
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    Try Barry.

    Lovely spot at the Knap close to Barry Island. Free parking and overnight accepted. Lots of fishermen and surfers.
     
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    Since the weather was so nice yesterday....and there was time before the footy started....I popped down to Porthcawl to check my facts.

    Bearing in mind it was about 10:15am when I took these by the Eastern Promenade:

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    and the signs on all the lamp posts prohibit caravans and motorhomes between 11pm - 7am, then clearly this lot all turned up in the previous few hours.....and some of them set up levelling blocks....hmmm :Wink:

    But the good news is that you can park during the day - there are markings on the road that presumably you're meant to stay within width-wise, but they're not very generous and hopefully not enforced. For example, further round the lighthouse towards Rest Bay:

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    As you can see, I can fit the Doblo, but there was a T4 panel conversion further round that was overhanging. I would be concerned about losing wing mirrors or worse.

    If all else fails, there's the ever-busy car park:

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    :Laughing:
     
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    Many thanks Neil
     

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