Dunraven Bay Beach (aka Southerndown Beach)

Dunraven Bay beach, also known as Southerndown Beach after the small village nearby, is a sand and pebble beach popular with families and watersports (windsurfing, surfing and kayaks). The beach here is a west-facing beach on the Atlantic coast, off-shore winds from the East generate some good surf.

When the tide is out you have a great expanse of sand and there are many rock pools, a good place to look for fossils amongst the rocks.

You have a second beach to the South just over the headland that rarely has anyone on it, partly due to the steep steps down the cliffs. This second beach is one of the largest in Glamorgan but be careful as tide conditions can cut you off from the steps.

The headland is Witches Point, designated under SSSI for geological importance.

The beach due to its unspoilt scenery and remoteness has been used in films and TV series that include Doctor Who and Merlin.

Facilities include car parking, toilets and cafe and lifeguards in the summer.

Dunraven Bay Beach is a Blue Flag Beach
Dunraven Bay Beach is a Blue Flag Beach.

Dog Friendly Beach?

Dunraven Bay Beach has dog restrictions.
Dunraven Bay beach, No dogs allowed on the beach between 1 May and 30 September.

Why not check other beaches nearby as we have 13 beaches in Vale of Glamorgan, or check our list of Vale of Glamorgan Dog Friendly Beaches.

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Dunraven Bay Beach Water Quality

Water samples are taken at regular intervals during the bathing season and at the end of the season the water quality is classified as:
  - Excellent: the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest
  - Good: generally good water quality
  - Sufficient: meets minimum standards
  - Poor: You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.

7 Day Weather Forecast

Expect a temp in the range 6.1℃ to 6.3℃ with wind speed 8.6 m/sec (WNW)
Wednesday, Feb 01fair_night
Expect a temp in the range 6.2℃ to 6.7℃ with wind speed 11.4 m/sec (WNW)
Thursday, Feb 02cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 7.1℃ to 8.1℃ with wind speed 9.4 m/sec (W)
Friday, Feb 03cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 8.3℃ to 8.6℃ with wind speed 11 m/sec (W)
Saturday, Feb 04cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 7.6℃ to 8.4℃ with wind speed 6.2 m/sec (WSW)
Sunday, Feb 05fair_night
Expect a temp in the range 1.1℃ to 7.8℃ with wind speed 4.7 m/sec (NNW)
Monday, Feb 06partlycloudy_night
Expect a temp in the range -1.1℃ to 1℃ with wind speed 1.5 m/sec (N)

Southerndown weather forecast from Yr, delivered by the Norwegian Meteorological Institute and NRK

Dunraven Bay Beach Tide Times

Tide times are available at around 600 locations and the closest location to Dunraven Bay Beach is at Porthcawl 6.77 km (4.21 miles) away. Tides are displayed beneath for up to 7 days and we list both high and low water times along with the height. These times are not adjusted for BST.

Tue 31 Jan
   High Tide at 01:38 (Height 7.46m)
   Low Tide at 08:01 (Height 3.43m)
   High Tide at 14:18 (Height 7.53m)
   Low Tide at 20:36 (Height 3.38m)
Wed 01 Feb
   High Tide at 03:01 (Height 7.54m)
   Low Tide at 09:20 (Height 3.30m)
   High Tide at 15:36 (Height 7.67m)
   Low Tide at 21:45 (Height 3.15m)
Thu 02 Feb
   High Tide at 04:12 (Height 7.93m)
   Low Tide at 10:22 (Height 2.95m)
   High Tide at 16:39 (Height 8.03m)
   Low Tide at 22:38 (Height 2.78m)
Fri 03 Feb
   High Tide at 05:04 (Height 8.39m)
   Low Tide at 11:10 (Height 2.55m)
   High Tide at 17:27 (Height 8.43m)
   Low Tide at 23:22 (Height 2.40m)
Sat 04 Feb
   High Tide at 05:46 (Height 8.81m)
   Low Tide at 11:49 (Height 2.20m)
   High Tide at 18:06 (Height 8.77m)
   Low Tide at 23:58 (Height 2.08m)
Sun 05 Feb
   High Tide at 06:23 (Height 9.12m)
   Low Tide at 12:24 (Height 1.92m)
   High Tide at 18:42 (Height 9.02m)
Mon 06 Feb
   Low Tide at 00:32 (Height 1.84m)
   High Tide at 06:57 (Height 9.34m)
   Low Tide at 12:56 (Height 1.73m)
   High Tide at 19:15 (Height 9.17m)

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