Wales has many castles most of which are in ruin.
This year I was hoping to visit many of these castles but the Covid19 lockdown this year may well mean that this might have to be put on the back burner for a while but last year I visited the ruin of Ogmore castle.
The building of Ogmore Castle was started in the early 12th century and looks to have been started around 1106, however, this would seem to pre-date the Norman conquest of the area. It is noted that the Manor and Castle were given to William de Londres, one of the legendary Twelve Knights of Glamorgan, by Robert Fitzhamon, the Norman conqueror of Glamorgan in 1116.
In the 13th century, the castle was extended with another level added to the main building.
Ogmore castle is situated near the coastal village of Ogmore-by-Sea. The river that runs close to the castle is the Eweny River which flows through Eweny Village and near its priory on it's way to the sea.
The larger Ogmore river which gives its name to the area is also close to the site running slightly north-west of the castle before joining with the "Eweny" before reaching the sea.
The river is tidal and perhaps the most famous feature of this castle site is the stepping stones that cross the river at the castle allowing access to the small picturesque area of Merthyr Mawr which has it's own Candleston Castle (a future post no doubt).
The "stepping stones" however disapear all too quickly as the tide comes in.