Aberafan

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Aberafan
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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Good

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Data provided by Natural Resources Wales

North of Port Talbot harbour, this is a sandy beach, which is popular with surfers.

Activities

The surfing can be really good but also dangerous at high tide. Beginners should surf on a dropping tide and avoid the southern area, near the breakwater.

Wildlife and Walks

Margam Country Park and Castle is nearby. Kenfig National Nature Reserve is to the south of the beach.

What's tested here?

Water samples are taken at this designated bathing water by Natural Resources Wales, during the bathing season, 15th May to 30th September.
Find out more about designated bathing waters.

High levels of bacteria in the water can indicate pollution from sewage treatment works or polluted rain water draining from the land.
Where does pollution comes from and how can you help?

Water quality can be reduced for up to 72 hours after heavy rain. Look out for temporary signs at the beach and on our website.

Annual classification

2017 Good

What does this mean?

At the end of every bathing season the water quality is classified as either:

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.

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Data provided by Natural Resources Wales
More information about potential pollution sources and improvement plans.

Weather

There is currently no weather forecast for this beach.

Click here to visit the Met Office website to search for a nearby location

Tide times

Potential hazards at this beach

Strong currents Strong currents
Large breaking waves Large breaking waves
Tidal cut-off Tidal cut-off
Deep shelving beach Deep shelving beach

Lifeguarded locations - top five safety tips

Non-lifeguarded locations For those who can’t make it to a lifeguarded beach

For more information visit rnli.org.uk.

Facilities at Aberafan

Food Food Shops Shops Slipway Slipway

Parking

 

There is parking near the beach.

Dog restrictions

 

There are seasonal restrictions at Aberavon: https://www.npt.gov.uk/PDF/DogExclusionZone.pdf

Beach cleaning

No current information

Lifeguards

None.