Southerndown Beach

At High Tide The Beach Is Totally Useless But At Other Times This Is A Huge Sandy Beach. Great For The Kids, Lots Of Rock Pools And Fossils - Though Keep Away From The Cliffs As They Can Fall At Any Time. If You Are Into Geology Then There Are Some Brilliant Faults And Deformation Folds At The Far (Eastern) End Of The Beach. Only Swim Between The Lifeguard Flags Though I Wouldn't Recommend It As The Water Is Fairly Dirty, Though It's Mostly Churned Up Sand And Mud. 

There Is Also The Remains Of Dunraven Castle Nearby. This Was Demolished By The Earl Of Dunraven About 30 Years Ago In A Fit Of Pique At The Local Council Who Wouldn't Let Him Develop It.

Location - 3 Miles South East Of Bridgend. 

Entry - Car-Parking Costs £1.50 Or Thereabouts For The Whole Day Though It Is Free During The Winter Months.

Check The Tides Before You Go As There Is NO Beach At High Tide. High Tide At Southerndown Is A Little Earlier Than At Newport. The Tidal Range Can Be Around 35 Feet So Don't Get Caught Out!!A Little Way Along Towards The North West Is Ogmore - A Little More Popular But With A Large Car-Park. You Can Walk From Southerndown To Ogmore And Back Again Along The Coastal Path. A Pleasant Walk In The Sun.
Don't Swim In The River At Ogmore As The Current Is Lethal - A Common Drowning Spot!