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Knave Beach

Knave Beach

On the eastern side of The Knave promontory is a rocky bay about 200 yards wide. The limestone rocks tend to be jagged and there is hardly any sand, but it's a popular surf spot because of its reef break, which works best around low tide with a small swell. Reaching the shore involves a steep descent down one of two gullies from the coastal path.

Also of interest here are two caves : Ogof Wyntog and Ogof Ffynon Wyntog. The latter usually begins with a sump, but this can dry out in summer leading to a cave over ¼ mile long (not suitable for amateur exploration). Just a few yards to the seaward, Ogof Wyntog is approximately 100 yards long and has two entrances. The upper entrance is low and some crawling / wriggling is necessary to get through, but after a few yards it opens out into a larger chamber. Another short crawl leads to a further chamber with two passages. The one to the left leads down to the larger of the two sea caves beneath. Access or egress via this cave is possible for about 2 hours either side of low tide.

A short distance up the cliffs east of the beach is a rock arch, just big enough to sit under, with views out to sea. Continuing east, but descending again, some small caves are reached, the second of which is known as Deborah's Hole and is about 10 yards long. The last of these small caves is Ogof Asgwrn Mochyn.

Parking is available on Pilton Green Common (Grid Ref: SS446871 / Lat : 51.5608°N, Lon : 4.2421°W), from where a footpath leads across several fields to the coastal path. The path ahead leads to Foxhole Slade, and the Knave is about 600 yards to the west.

Caves and reef break
Caves and reef break
Inside Ogof Wyntog
Inside Ogof Wyntog
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