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Kenfig Sands (Sker Beach)

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Kenfig Sands

Kenfig Sands (known locally as Sker beach) is a 2 mile long sandy beach reaching from Sker Point to the Kenfig River at the northern end. This section of the beach seems to attract naturists. Beyond the river, the sandy beach continues northwards as Margam Sands.

The beach has a shingle bank for most of its length and is backed by the dunes of Kenfig nature reserve. A visitor centre for the reserve is located at Kenfig village where there is plenty of free parking, cycle stands and some picnic tables. The beach is approximately a mile away and there are many paths and possible routes, some of which become impassable or boggy so it's a good idea to try to follow the marked rights-of-way. Alternative access is along the coastal path from Rest Bay. A lifeguard station is manned by volunteer lifeguards during weekends and bank holidays in the summer. Dogs are allowed at all times. Surf conditions here are best on a rising (but not high) tide, and the surf is fairly consistent with (usually) bigger, cleaner waves and more space than Rest Bay. It's preferred by experienced surfers and there can be strong rips, especially near the point so it's not for novices.

From the northern endFrom the northern end
On the tidelineOn the tideline
From the northern end
From the northern end
On the tideline
On the tideline
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