"Sittin' on the dock of the bay"

Southerndown Beach

The bay faces south west towards the Bristol Channel, measuring approximately 1 kilometre on a low tide, narrowing to approximately 200 metres at high tide. The beach is sandy, with a shingle bank at the high tide mark, backed by steep sandstone cliffs. The village of Southerndown is located north of the bay. The coast waters and coastal belt is listed as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, confirming the high conservation status of the Area.

Beach type: Sand & pebbles

Nearest town: Bridgend

Local authority: Vale of Glamorgan Council

OS Grid Reference: SS884728


Marine Conservation Society Recommended

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Things to see and do near Southerndown Beach

  • Sadie and Franks (3m)
  • Ewenny Pottery (3m)
  • Merthyr Mawr Sand Dunes (3m)
  • Claypits Pottery (4m)
  • Bridgend Recreation Centre (4m)
  • JumpINGym (4m)
  • Once Upon A Playtime (5m)
  • South Wales Karting Centre (5m)

Tourist Information

Tourist Information Centre
Old Police Station
John Street
Porthcawl Brigend
CF36 3DT

Phone 01656 786 639
Email porthcawltic@bridgend.gov.uk

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Weather and Tides

Forecast for Saturday 21 April


Chance of rain 0%
Max temp. 10°C
(feels like 9°C)
Wind 1mph, gusting to 4mph.
Pressure 1021
Humidity 83%
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Chance of rain 5%
Max temp. 13°C
(feels like 12°C)
Wind 2mph, gusting to 4mph.
Pressure 1021
Humidity 73%
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Air Quality


Chance of rain 34%
Max temp. 16°C
(feels like 15°C)
Wind 3mph, gusting to 4mph.
Pressure 1019
Humidity 76%
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Chance of rain 2%
Max temp. 20°C
(feels like 18°C)
Wind 3mph, gusting to 5mph.
Pressure 1016
Humidity 69%
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Chance of rain 1%
Max temp. 17°C
(feels like 15°C)
Wind 3mph, gusting to 5mph.
Pressure 1014
Humidity 72%
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Chance of rain 1%
Max temp. 14°C
(feels like 13°C)
Wind 2mph, gusting to 3mph.
Pressure 1014
Humidity 82%
UV Index n/a
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Low Tide
04:29 BST
(03:29 GMT)
High Tide
10:53 BST
(09:53 GMT)
Low Tide
16:50 BST
(15:50 GMT)
High Tide
23:13 BST
(22:13 GMT)

Important! Tide times are for the nearest measurement point and may not be accurate for this location. You should not rely on these times for anything other than a broad indication of when the tide will be at its highest or lowest.

In particular, these tide times are not suitable for navigational use. Accurate tide forecasts require complex calculations and detailed local information. If you intend to engage in any activity for which tidal information is important for safety reasons (including sailing, powerboating, diving, and surfing) then you should obtain professional data.

Five Day Weather and Tides

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Tell us what you think about Southerndown Beach

A beautiful west facing sand and pebble bay at the foot of cliffs on the Heritage Coast. Rural beach with spectacular views surrounded by farm land. Local kiosk serves ice cream and refreshments. Beach is rocky at high tide. Popular with surfers and caneoists.

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