Margam Sands or Morfa Beach is a 2½ mile long sandy beach which stretches from the Kenfig river to the harbour at Port Talbot. It is privately owned by the steel works which backs its north-western end. Despite the industrialisation it is good for surfing, kite-surfing and windsurfing - surf conditions best towards the high tide. The beach is mostly fine sand backed by a sea wall and dunes, and usually an unsightly tideline of assorted marine debris.
To reach it, take the road heading west (towards the sea) from junction 38 of the M4. Follow this road (which narrows to a lane) to Margam Moors level crossing where there is some parking space. It is advisable not to leave valuables in your car here. To access the beach, continue on foot across the railway and sidings (trains travel at up to 90mph along here) and follow the narrow lane for about a mile to the beach. It's not the most scenic of lanes, so it's best to bring a bike if possible. At the far end is a private car park and a landfill site; the path to the beach continuing between the two.
Dogs are allowed at all times. About 250 yards from the breakwater at the northern end of the beach are the remains of the SS Amazon, wrecked in 1908. The photo (above) was taken at mid tide.