Last Alteration: Sunday 13 April 2014

Southerndown Beach

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51°26'46"-03°36'29" show decimal

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Southerndown Beach
Ogmore Vale, Bridgend, Wales

The Southern Down Beach is the second largest sandy beach on the coast of South Wales outside of Barry. It also has the second largest tidal range in the world.

How to get here:

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Road: M4 - Exit the M4 at junction 35, and then follow the A473 towards Bridgend. When you reach the roundabout with the A48, continue west (2nd exit), then turn left at the next roundabout onto the B4265 (Ewenny Road). Follow this to St Brides Major, then turn right onto the B4524 (Bull Hill). When you reach Southerndown turn left onto Beach Road and follow this to the car park. (3.5 miles, 16m) +

Parking Details

Car Park

 

Access: publicStatus: recognisableNorth by cliff

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Photograph taken: 21st July 2008 by Chuck Foster

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Army of Ghosts
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Filmed: 16 Jan 2006
Rocks in the beach.

 

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Photograph taken: 21st July 2008 by Scott Frankton

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Army of Ghosts
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Filmed: 16 Jan 2006
Rose on the rocks.

 

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Photograph taken: 21st July 2008 by Chuck Foster

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Army of Ghosts
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Filmed: 16 Jan 2006
Rose gazes off into the distance.

Doomsday
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Filmed: 16 Jan 2006
Rose gazes off into the distance.

 

 

Access: publicStatus: recognisableEast Beach

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«prev photo next photo»Photograph taken: 21st July 2008 by Chuck Foster

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Doomsday
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Filmed: 16 Jan 2006
Rose meets the Doctor's hologram in Norway.

Journey's End
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Filmed: 5 Mar 2008
The TARDIS returns to the parallel world.

Journey's End
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Filmed: 5 Mar 2008
The Doctor and Donna at Bad Wolf Bay.

 

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Photograph taken: 21st July 2008 by Chuck Foster

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Doomsday
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Filmed: 16 Jan 2006
Rose stands on some rocks, remembering the past.

 

 

Access: publicStatus: recognisableWest Beach

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«prev photo next photo»Photograph taken: 21st July 2008 by Chuck Foster

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Doomsday
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Filmed: 16 Jan 2006
Rose waits to see what happens on the beach.

Journey's End
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Filmed: 5 Mar 2008
Rose and and Doctor watch the TARDIS depart.

 

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Photograph taken: 21st August 2011 by Dave Edwards

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The Time of Angels
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Filmed: 20-21 Jul 2009
The crash site

 

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Photograph taken: 21st August 2011 by Dave Edwards

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The Time of Angels
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Filmed: 20-21 Jul 2009
The crash site

 

 

Access: publicStatus: recognisableAbove Beach

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Photograph taken: 17th October 2007 by "MacDawn"

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Doomsday
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Filmed: 16 Jan 2006
Camille runs to comfort Rose.

 

Filming locations still to be verified/photographed:

Army of GhostsScreen Shot
Filmed: 16 Jan 2006
"Alien planet"

Other nearby locations:

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Coed Y Wallas (Delta and the Bannermen). Road (~4 miles, 9m) : Head west along Beach Road, then turn right onto the B4524 towards St Brides Major. At the village, turn right onto Wick Road and, then turn left. Head straight across the crossroads, and then turn left onto Heol Y Stepsau, and follow this to the ford. Parking roadside, near ford

Additional locations as the crow flies:

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Merthyr Mawr Warren (Adam, Lost In Time, The Doctor, The Widow And The Wardrobe, Doctor Who Series Seven Part 2): 2.42 miles.

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Ogmore Farm (Exit Wounds): 2.45 miles.

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Merthyr Mawr House (The Snowmen, Deep Breath): 3.01 miles.

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Coney Beach (Adam): 4.38 miles.

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George Street (Doctor Who Series 8 Filming): 4.40 miles.

Filming Reports:

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22 Feb 2012: Album - Photos from filming on the beach for Dinosaurs on a Spaceship

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20 Jul 2009: Album: Scott Frankton - Report and photos from filming on the beach for day one of The Time of Angels

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20 Jul 2009: YouTube: Scott Frankton - Video of Matt Smith's first day, for The Time of Angels

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20 Jul 2009: Album: Who is Matt Smith website - Photos from filming for day one of The Time of Angels

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20 Jul 2009: Album: Who is Matt Smith website - More photos from filming for day one of The Time of Angels

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21 Jul 2009: Album: Who is Matt Smith website - Photos from filming for day two of The Time of Angels

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5 Mar 2008: Album: "tomlou" - Photos from filming on the beach for Journey's End

In the News:

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23 Feb 2012: The Sun - "Life's a beach for Doctor Matt and Who friends"

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20 Jul 2009: Holy Moly - "Doctor No Longer Private"

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20 Jul 2009: The Sun - "Filming begins on new Who"

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20 Jul 2009: The Daily Mail - "Welcome to your new job: Matt Smith begins filming as the new Doctor Who"

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20 Jul 2009: The Metro - "Revealed: First look at new Doctor Who costume"

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20 Jul 2009: SFX - "Doctor Who on the beach"

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20 Jul 2009: Rex Features - "'Dr. Who' filming at Dunraven Bay near Bridgend, Wales, Britain - 20 Jul 2009"

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20 Jul 2009: The London Paper - "New Doctor Who Matt Smith reveals costume"

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20 Jul 2009: Digital Spy - "Exclusive: **** returns to Doctor Who" (guest star spoiler)

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21 Jul 2009: The Daily Mail - "Doctor Who is human after all: Matt Smith clutches hot water bottle to keeps warm during filming"

Other show-related mentions for the location:

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BBC Wales Doctor Who Locations - Photos from filming for Army of Ghosts.

Further links about the location:

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BBC Wales - Southerndown Beach

Also seen in:

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Ironclad - The opening scenes with King John on the beach were filmed here.

Related Stories

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Army of Ghosts [16 Jan 2006]: Rose recalls witnessing an alien landscape with the Doctor.

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Doomsday [16 Jan 2006]: Rose and the Doctor meet for the last time.

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Journey's End [5 Mar 2008]: The Doctor drops off Rose and new family back at Bad Wolf Bay

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The Time of Angels [20-21 Jul 2009]: The TARDIS lands on Alfava Metraxis

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Dinosaurs on a Spaceship [22 Feb 2012]: Power Generators (beach)

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The Bells of Saint John [11 Oct 2012]: The monastery on the clifftop

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