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Place Category: Beaches
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.
No Dogs allowed on the beach between 1 May and 30 September.
Dunraven Bay Beach Weather Forecast
Light rain throughout the week, with temperatures falling to 16°C on Wednesday.Light rain in the morning.Today's Forecast
15->1927% 45% 14 mph
4:59 am 9:36 pmMostly cloudy throughout the day.Monday, Jun 26th
13->210% 32% 3 mph
5:00 am 9:36 pmLight rain starting in the evening.Tuesday, Jun 27th
14->2043% 90% 5 mph
5:00 am 9:36 pmLight rain throughout the day.Wednesday, Jun 28th
15->1684% 97% 3 mph
5:01 am 9:36 pmLight rain in the morning and afternoon.Thursday, Jun 29th
13->1675% 99% 10 mph
5:01 am 9:36 pmLight rain in the morning.Friday, Jun 30th
14->1755% 85% 16 mph
5:02 am 9:36 pmLight rain in the afternoon and overnight and breezy overnight.Saturday, Jul 1st
14->1822% 66% 11 mph
5:03 am 9:35 pmLight rain in the morning.Sunday, Jul 2nd
15->1938% 68% 14 mph
5:03 am 9:35 pm
Dunraven Bay Beach Tide Times
Dunraven Bay Beach Water quality
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.
Photos from around the surrounding area