Beach voted top spot for rockpooling in UK
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.