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. . . this site

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Holidays are precious - we don't get enough of them, and when we do get that elusive combination of fine weather and time off work, it's time to head for the beach! But which one? On a hot day you don't want to spend hours driving to a different beach, only to find it really isn't up to much. In this guide I've been around every beach on the entire coast of Wales, Somerset and the Wirral (Cheshire), taking photographs and exploring so that you can find your perfect beach first time. I've tried, as much as possible, to take the photographs on sunny days with a low tide. There's more beach information here than almost any other site. It's been a difficult job, but someone had to do it.

. . . other sites : the good, the bad and the terrible

There are many other beach guides out there. The official guides are good, but rarely say anything negative about a beach and won't tell you about the quiet secluded coves where access or parking may be tricky. The unofficial sites fall into two categories: those which have visited the beaches concerned and those which haven't. The former are usually quite good, offering important local knowledge, but sites written by people who've never actually visited the beaches (which I call para-sites) are extremely unreliable, and I am amazed at how much incorrect and inaccurate information is spread via such sites. These sites frequently use images of the WRONG beach; state that a beach is popular for swimming and has lifeguards when it's dangerous and doesn't have lifeguards; get beaches with similar names mixed up; state that a beach is easily accessible when it's not; state that there are fees for parking when there never have been - I could go on! I often inform these sites of their errors, but most simply aren't interested and don't care.

When using any beach guide, ask yourself "Has the author actually been there, or simply reworked information and images from elsewhere?" If the latter, then AVOID that site. It WILL be unreliable and full of mis-information!

. . . the beaches

Coast

I have tried to include every beach which fits the following criteria:
a). They have a name
b). They are accessible (ie I've been able to get to them)
c). They are not so small, muddy or rocky as to be of no interest.
As far as I know I have listed every beach from Somerset to Cheshire. If you know of any I've missed, please let me know.

. . . me

Beach Lifeguard

I have lived most of my life near to the coast, in South-east Wales, west Wales and Dorset and know most of the beaches very well. I have worked for nine summer seasons on west Wales beaches as a lifeguard, and have surfed at most of the surf beaches.

. . . anything wrong?

One of the difficulties of writing websites like this, is that different browsers behave differently, and these days it is necessary to allow for a wide range of different screen sizes - from mobiles which can be about 300 pixels wide to desktop monitors which can be around 2400 pixels. If anything doesn't look right on your device, please let me know. It would help if you include your screen width (which is pixels). I also make frequent changes to the site, so there will inevitably be times when I mess it up. Once again, please let me know if anything looks wrong or doesn't work properly. Use the Contact Form or email me on bridle17@hotmail.com.

. . . beach lifeguarding - the reality!

A wet day at Lifeguard HQA wet day at Lifeguard HQ

Although Beach Lifeguarding may seem a good job for the summer (especially if you work in a stuffy office), it's not quite all sun and fun. Lifeguards have to be on duty every day throughout the summer and that means many days sat inside the lifeguard station just watching the rain coming down. Regular training is also part of the job, usually done before or after work. Spending an hour or two in the sea doing training on a cold, windy or wet day is not always that appealing, especially if you've been sitting at the tideline for most of the day.

When hot weather arrives it's always a bonus, although a sudden spell of strong sun at the start of the season when you're out all day means you get a bit cooked!

. . . copyright

With the one exception of Cribach Bay, all the beach images on this site are my own, and may not be used elsewhere without permission. I am however usually willing to allow free use of an image for purposes other than another beach guide, so if you like one, please ask. If you like my CSS buttons, feel free to copy the code.

. . . advice

I am usually happy to offer advice if you're looking for anything particular, but please don't ask me questions which are best directed to the local council, or moan about the beaches or the activities of people using them. Use the Contact Form below.