About . . .
. . . this site
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? You don't want to spend hours driving on a hot day 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
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. Even these don't always get it right - I have had to correct the Visit Pembrokeshire website a few times. 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. Some of the worst mistakes to be found on these sites include : stating a beach is popular for swimming and has lifeguards when it's dangerous and there aren't lifeguards; getting beaches with similar names mixed up; stating a beach is easily accessible when it's not; using images of the wrong beach; stating that there are fees for parking when there never have been - I could go on!
If a site uses images taken from elsewhere (and often in poor weather) then AVOID that site. It will be unreliable!
. . . the beaches
I have tried to include every beach which fits the following criteria:
. . . me
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 also 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
. . . beach lifeguarding - the reality!
A 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, every photograph on the Beach pages of this site is my own, and may not be used elsewhere without permission. I am usually willing to allow free use of an image for purposes other than another beach guide, so if you like one please ask.
. . . finally
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