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Sunrise : 06:30
Sunset  : 20:07

Porth Padrig (White Lady Bay)

Porth Padrig

A narrow lane leads from the village of Llanbadrig to a free parking area next to St Patrick's church on the clifftop. Porth Padrig beach is a walk of about 300 yards back along the lane and down a public footpath. The shore is mostly sand and rocks, with the quartzite sea stack known as the White Lady in the centre of the bay. To the left of the access path (facing the sea) is a small tunnel which is about 30 yards in length and can be explored with the aid of a torch. This was a trial adit in search of iron ore, but none was found.

The car park has a stone picnic table, information board and cycle parking. Next to the car park an ornate kissing gate leads to the National Trust's Llanbadrig property on the headland which is adjacent to the church. At the rear of the churchyard, a stone stile leads to St Patrick's cave, where the saint allegedly sheltered after being shipwrecked on Middle Mouse island (Ynys Badrig).

The 'White Lady' is named after Ladi Wen - a figure from Celtic mythology whose ghost is said to haunt Ogmore Castle near Bridgend.

The beach at low tide
The beach at low tide
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