Southerndown

Glamorgan

Southerndown
© Geograph

Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Excellent

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Data provided by Natural Resources Wales

A beautiful west facing sand and pebble bay, otherwise known as Dunraven Bay, at the foot of cliffs on the Heritage Coast. Rural beach with spectacular views surrounded by farm land. Beach is rocky at high tide. Popular with surfers and canoeists.

Activities

The beach is used for bathing, surfing, canoeing and there are some good rockpools to explore and possibly some fossils in the pebbles. There are places to eat on the outskirts of Southerndown, near the beach.

Wildlife and Walks

Joined to the heritage coast path which leads to an interesting castle along the cliffs. Care should be taken when walking on the cliffs.

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 Excellent

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

This Weather Widget is provided by the Met Office

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 Southerndown

Toilets Toilets Shops Shops

Parking

 

Car park next to the beach - a fee applies.

Dog restrictions

 

Dogs not allowed May 1st to September 30th.

Beach cleaning

Beach cleaned daily.

Lifeguards

Yes.

Dates and times

Service provided by RLNI

Daily: 1st July - 3rd September 2017

Please ensure you read beach notice boards for any changes to lifeguard service. Please see safety tab for more information on beach safety.