Itinerary

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 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 one beach around Southerndown, 13 beaches in Vale of Glamorgan, or check our list of Vale of Glamorgan Dog Friendly Beaches.

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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

Today
Expect a temp in the range 13.2℃ to 15℃ with wind speed 4.7 m/sec (W)
Saturday, Jul 02
Expect a temp in the range 13.6℃ to 13.9℃ with wind speed 4.5 m/sec (SSW)
Sunday, Jul 03
Expect a temp in the range 13.8℃ to 14.4℃ with wind speed 5.3 m/sec (W)
Monday, Jul 04
Expect a temp in the range 12.8℃ to 13.9℃ with wind speed 5 m/sec (W)
Tuesday, Jul 05
Expect a temp in the range 11.1℃ to 12.7℃ with wind speed 2.8 m/sec (NW)
Wednesday, Jul 06
Expect a temp in the range 13.3℃ to 14.5℃ with wind speed 2.5 m/sec (NNW)
Thursday, Jul 07
Expect a temp in the range 13.7℃ to 15.3℃ with wind speed 3.8 m/sec (NNW)

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

Dunraven Bay Beach Tide Times

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