Beach voted top spot for rock­pool­ing in UK

Glamorgan Gazette - - Your Views -

A SOUTH Wales beach has been named the best UK spot for rock­pool­ing this au­tumn by a pop­u­lar web­site.

Rec­om­men­dat i o n s from blog­gers and par­ents who use the Day Out With The Kids web­site have put Dun­raven Bay, South­ern­down, Vale of Glam­or­gan, in the top 50 au­tumn ac­tiv­i­ties along­side places which are the best for see­ing animals and best for a rainy day.

The rocky beach near Brid­gend was cho­sen be­cause it is shel­tered and pro­vides a safe rock­pool­ing en­vi­ron­ment for all, a spokes­woman said.

She said the rec­om­men­da­tions had all been based on per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence of the beach on the 14-mile Glam­or­gan Her­itage Coast, which stretches from Aberthaw to Porth­cawl.

Day Out With The Kids has been around for 10 years and helps fam­i­lies to get out and about more. Ac­cord­ing to its web­site, more than 17 mil­lion ex­plor­ers use it each year.

The spokes­woman said: “Rock­pool­ing is an in­cred­i­bly pop­u­lar ac­tiv­ity over the sum­mer, but it re­ally comes to life in au­tumn. Beaches are gen­er­ally qui­eter in the au­tumn months, al­low­ing fam­i­lies to get a re­ally good look at all the amaz­ing crea­tures in the rock­pools in a more re­laxed at­mos­phere.

“We are de­lighted to name Dun­raven Bay as the best place in the UK to go rock­pool­ing this au­tumn as rec­om­mended by our com­mu­nity, with this spot be­ing par­tic­u­larly safe and shel­tered for kids.”

The Vale of Glam­or­gan Coun­cil’s web­site states that the dra­matic cliffs at Dun­raven Bay were used as a trad­ing post in the iron age and then the Ro­mans built a fort there.

Dun­raven Cas­tle, a manor house, also stood on the cliffs and was owned by the Earls of Dun­raven. It was de­mol­ished in the 1960s.

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