Dunraven Bay beach, Southerndown, Vale of Glamorgan
  • About

    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 it’s 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 has dog restrictions. No Dogs allowed on the beach between 1 May and 30 September.

    Why not check other beaches nearby as we have one beach around Southerndown, 10 beaches in Vale of Glamorgan, or check our list of Vale of Glamorgan Dog Friendly Beaches.

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  • Water Quality

    Bathing 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.
  • Weather

    7-day Weather Forecast

    Light rain today and Friday, with temperatures peaking at 15°C on Thursday.

    Today's Forecast
     Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
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      7:38 am    4:23 pm
    Sunday, Nov 19th
     Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
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      7:40 am    4:22 pm

    Monday, Nov 20th
     Breezy until afternoon and overcast throughout the day.
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      7:42 am    4:20 pm
    Tuesday, Nov 21st
     Overcast throughout the day.
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      7:43 am    4:19 pm

    Wednesday, Nov 22nd
     Windy and mostly cloudy throughout the day.
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      7:45 am    4:18 pm
    Thursday, Nov 23rd
     Breezy in the morning and light rain overnight.
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      7:47 am    4:17 pm

    Friday, Nov 24th
     Windy throughout the day and light rain in the evening.
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      7:48 am    4:16 pm
    Saturday, Nov 25th
     Breezy in the morning and rain overnight.
       57%  63%   18 mph
      7:50 am    4:15 pm

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  • Reviews

    1 Review on “Dunraven Bay Beach”

    1. Anonymous Dunraven Bay Beach
      Overall Rating:

      Lovely family beach.
      When the tide is out the large sandy beach with clear water is perfect for families. when tide is in you loose the sand but there are large areas of flat rock to lay out on. parking is reasonable and easy. Toilets and cafe are available.

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