Surf and camp

SWANSEA BAY, GLAM­OR­GAN Stuck in the of­fice on a sunny day? Chuck a surf­board in the car and head to the glo­ri­ous Gower af­ter work for some ocean ther­apy, says Sian Lewis

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Swansea Bay, Glam­or­gan

write this sit­ting at my desk at BBC Coun­try­file Mag­a­zine Tow­ers. The sun is stream­ing in through the win­dow and it’s hard not to wish my­self out­doors.

Work­ing 9-5 can be tough on the soul, es­pe­cially in sum­mer, but I’ve got a fail­safe sur­vival strat­egy – high­tail­ing it to the coast for a dip in the ocean as soon as the last bell goes.

For me, surf­ing is the most sat­is­fy­ing of mi­croad­ven­tures.

IAll you need is a board and a wet­suit and you can go from of­fice to sea swell in no time. Surf­ing clears your head, takes you to in­cred­i­ble open spa­ces and it’s fan­tas­tic fun, too. I can leave work in Bris­tol at five and be in the sea at seven, with hours of sun­shine left and noth­ing to do but catch a wave or two.

And there’s nowhere more glo­ri­ous to head to than Swansea Bay for an evening surf and then a sleep un­der can­vas next to the Celtic Sea.

WEL­COM­ING WA­TERS

Ar­riv­ing in Swansea Bay al­ways feels like es­cap­ing from real life – cross the Sev­ern and fly past the belch­ing steel works at Port Tal­bot and sud­denly you’re in chilled-out Mum­bles, where cosy cot­tages and ice-cream shops sit gaz­ing out at the sea.

I love to surf at Caswell Bay – it’s a friendly, safe beach for begin­ners and it’s in­cred­i­bly beau­ti­ful, too, shel­tered be­tween cliffs that glow gold with gorse flow­ers in late spring.

The first step on to the soft, sil­very sand makes me in­stantly for­get the work­ing day. There’s no bet­ter sight than watch­ing the sun turn the sand a rich um­ber and other surfers be­come sil­hou­ettes as they make their way to­wards the wa­ter with boards tucked un­der their arms.

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