Beaches in South & West Wales

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JV Uberkuppler
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Mon Nov 01, 2004 12:39 pm

Beaches from East to West

Please add info on South & West Wales Beaches here in this post.

This way people looking for info will find it as it will be near the top.

Thanks in advance Jason

EAST

Barry
- Barry Island
- Cold Knap
Ogmore
Porthcawl
- Newton
- Coney
- Rest bay
Scar
Aberavon
Swansea Bay
Oxwich Bay
Port Eynon
Llangenneth
Broughton
Whitford Point
Bury Port
Pembrey
Pendine Sands
Saundersfoot
Tenby
- North Beach
- South Beach
Fresh West
Newgale
Whitesands

WEST going North a bit towards the end
please add more not sure of the order of the West Wales beaches
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Mon Nov 01, 2004 12:46 pm

Rest Bay Web Cam from the lifeguard hut.
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(source : BBC) at the current view you can only see the area that is for surfers. kitesurfing is to the right of this pic

Info for Rest bay:
Rest bay is an excellent place to kitesurf. On a NW it is cross shore from the right. This is my favourite direction. can be classic when a big swell comes in.
SW is the norm here! onshore with a little bit of cross.
There is a sign on the slipway wall, please read before you go to the water. Please set up as far to the right/west as possible.

The SWWKC have place a big RED mark on the wall behind the beach. could the kitesurfers please stick to the right/west side of this in the busy summer months and when there are other water users such as surfers/swimmers etc..

It is not possible to kitesurf at high tide due to the rocks.

(If anyone thinks this info is not right please tell me and I will change it)
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swancvs
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Location: Newgale mostly, Tenby South, sometimes

Mon Nov 01, 2004 1:14 pm

Hard to get further West, northerly really.

Up from FreshWest.

Newgale, top beach, everything from flat water up to massive surf, works from a SSE round to the West up to a NNW. Just respect the surf, you know it gets big! and those kites get awful clean if they go throught the rinse cycle... so do you if you follow them!

Further North,

Whitesands

not as big as Newgale but still doable but a winter/out-of season beach. In the summer there are too many tourists to play here safely. If you do go out watch out for dirty air as the cliffs are very tall and they tend to interfere with the quality of the wind flow.

Enjoy.
swancvs
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Location: Newgale mostly, Tenby South, sometimes

Tue Nov 02, 2004 12:03 pm

Beautiful Pembrokeshire beach, at 2 miles of playground. All that we ask is that you use common sense and keep out of the main tourist area by their car parks. Stick to the North end of the beach where Big Blue teach or rig and launch between the south car park and where the windsurfer/surfer/kitesurfer fraternity hang out.

Keep your eye for other kiters and follow suit.

Enjoy!


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Tue Nov 09, 2004 10:22 am

which bouys /weather stations do I look at on xcweather to find what the wind is going in gower?
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gaffer
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Mon Nov 15, 2004 8:53 am

Broughton
Situated at the Northwest tip of the Gower. Access is via the caravan park at Broughton Farm. From the car park it’s a short walk to the beach through the caravan site. Don’t be tempted to park amongst the caravans as the farmer will spot you and likes to block your car in with his tractor. There’s a small seasonal shop on the caravan site.
Mainly sand beach with small sand banks and some shallow tidal lagoons. As the tide drops back there are numerous small patches of rocks exposed by the shifting sands to watch out for. The estuary to the north is renowned for its fast flowing tides so don’t venture out too far. Fairly sheltered from the swell but when there is waves they wrap round into the bay nicely and can peel all the way across the bay on a good day.


Llangennith
Situated at the western tip of the Gower Peninsula. Access to the centre of the beach is via a short walk over the dunes from the car park at Hillend Caravan site. There is a small seasonal shop and a café.
A large flat hard sand beach with a small pebble bank bordering the dunes. The centre of the beach is popular with surfers and the bucket and spade brigade. On busy days it’s best to walk further north past the stream, or south past the caravan site for a quieter launch spot. This beach picks up the most swell in the area so be prepared to deal with lots of white water



Oxwich Bay
Situated on the southern side of the Gower Peninsula, a large curved bay with easy access at the western end with parking right on the beach. Snack kiosks in the car park and a shop near the entrance to the car park. The Oxwich Bay Hotel overlooks the beach and serves food and drink, it makes a nice retreat for a bored wife or girlfriend while you are out on the water.
Large flat hard sand beach with no rocks or submerged hazards. Only the largest winter swells make it round to this sheltered bay, so the worst you’ll usually have to deal with is local wind chop. Popular with jetskis, motor boats and holidaymakers in the summer so when it’s busy walk along the beach to find some space to rig up and launch.


Swansea Bay
About an hour's drive from the second Severn Bridge, M4 J42 head for city centre.Best spot to head for is near the St Helens Rugby ground. Lots at sand at the high tide area but as the tide drops back there is lots of mud to deal with. You are near the heart of the city so there’s plenty of amenities close by
Swansea Bay is the most sheltered bay in the area and gets little or no swell. The main drawback of Swansea Bay is the large tidal range, which makes it a long muddy walk to the water at low tide. This bay used to have a bad reputation for water purity, but since the new advanced treatment plant has opened, the water is very clean (but still a bit murky).



Aberavon
About a 55-minute drive from the second Severn Bridge, There’s a garage with shop nearby and good chip shop on the prom.
2 miles of beach with flat hard packed sand, kitesurfing is permitted from the car park at the very western end of the prom. One of the most popular beaches in the area for kitesurfing, the close proximity of a steel works, chemical plant and council estate keeps most of the tourists away. Kitesurf in the permitted zone only. (West of the carpark)


Porthcawl – Rest Bay.
About a 50-minute drive from the second Severn Bridge, leave the M4 at J37. Head towards Porthcawl then follow signs for Nottage/Rest Bay. Pay and Display car park overlooking the beach, with a kite surfer friendly café
Picks up the swell so getting past the white water can sometimes be a problem when it’s onshore. Lots of hard sand as the tide drops back, but to be avoided 2 hours either side of high tide due to the rocks. Very popular beach with surfers and holidaymakers so beware of the crowds. Kitesurfing restricted to the Western end of the beach,



Porthcawl – Coney Beach
About a 50-minute drive from the second Severn Bridge, leave the M4 at J37. Head towards Porthcawl head towards the fun fair. There is a car park near the high tide inn overlooking the beach. With plenty of places to get food and drink close by.
Medium sized sandy beach flanked on one side by a sea wall and rocks on the other. Flat sand in between with no rocks. Being adjacent to the funfair it gets busy in the summer with donkey rides etc.
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Fri Dec 10, 2004 6:44 pm

JV, check out the beach info template in the kite workshop area. If you think you could use it for your beach info threads then get admin to give you the permissions to be able to edit the beach info thread and you can copy and paste!

In fact, ADMIN, can you make those template posts editable by all so anyone can hit edit and then copy and paste the text into a new thread? As long as you don't make all my posts editable by all then it's OK.
JV Uberkuppler
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Fri Dec 10, 2004 7:02 pm

Yeah will do

Nice one!
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Sat Sep 24, 2005 2:44 pm

Be ok at low tide wouldn't it? Surfers permitting of course.
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Fri Nov 17, 2006 8:19 am

This is what I have to put-up with, 'Billy-No-Mates'. I use Newport when the break at Newgale is big or I just need less action.

Dinas Head in the background is due west and so protects the bay from a lot of Atlantic swell. Unfortunately it also creates a gusty condition until the wind moves a little more north.

Works west to north west.

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Managed to get the kite in this time.

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Tue Nov 28, 2006 8:36 am

Another Jewel in North Pembrokeshire, needs to be carefully 'risk-assessed' and will only work in a NNW and on a low tide. On this tiny beach you would always need assistance for launch/land and someone with a mobile phone whilst you are out in the bay.

I very rarely ride here because I can't get all those conditions together.

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Tue Apr 12, 2011 1:33 pm

JV Uberkuppler wrote:Rest Bay Web Cam from the lifeguard hut.
Image
(source : BBC) at the current view you can only see the area that is for surfers. kitesurfing is to the right of this pic

Info for Rest bay:
Rest bay is an excellent place to kitesurf. On a NW it is cross shore from the right. This is my favourite direction. can be classic when a big swell comes in.
SW is the norm here! onshore with a little bit of cross.
There is a sign on the slipway wall, please read before you go to the water. Please set up as far to the right/west as possible.

The SWWKC have place a big RED mark on the wall behind the beach. could the kitesurfers please stick to the right/west side of this in the busy summer months and when there are other water users such as surfers/swimmers etc..

It is not possible to kitesurf at high tide due to the rocks.

There are now also signs on the pay and display meters and again on the lifeguard slipway.
Please, Please, Please respect these guidelines and keep up the far right hand side of the beach in front of the golf club! Especially with the weather now warming up and so many people using the beach inc the many surfers when the surf is half decent.
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