Whether you like to laze on a golden beach, build sandcastles or go rockpooling, the Vale of Glamorgan has the perfect beach. The 14 mile stretch known as the Glamorgan Heritage Coast is particularly spectacular for its geological features, wildlife and seascapes. Learn more with the Glamorgan Heritage Coast AR App. Interestingly, the tidal range of 15 metres (49 ft) along our coastline is the second highest in the world (after the Bay of Fundy in Canada).
With fourteen varied beaches spread between Ogmore in the west to Penarth in the east, right next to Cardiff Bay, you’re bound to find one which suits you. Here are some suggestions:
Traditional seaside resort
Head to popular Whitmore Bay in Barry Island for a fun day out with absolutely everything you need – beach huts, amusements, cafés, an outdoor climbing wall and indoor attractions. Beach wheelchairs can be hired free of charge, giving more visitors the chance to get on to the sand. Walk easterly around the headland, and you’ll come to the smaller and quieter Jackson’s Bay.
Sand, rockpools and a castle
Choose the expansive Ogmore by Sea beach and you’ll always have plenty of space to build sandcastles, play games or enjoy a stroll. It also has rock pools and stretches of pebbles which are good for fossil hunting. There’s easy access from coastal car parks, and a short drive away is Ogmore Castle with stepping stones across the river.
Secluded spot with dramatic cliffs
The beach at Cwm Nash, also known as Monknash, can be reached by walking down a tree-lined track alongside Nash Brook. It is worth the effort: the rock formations are stunning, there are endless rock pools and, when the tide is out, the sand is golden. Always dramatic, and usually quiet.
Rugged shore and a lighthouse
The rocky shore at Nash Point has rugged cliffs topped with a majestic lighthouse. This stunning location is worth a visit, whether you fancy a stroll along the Wales Coast Path or are looking for some great rock pools. There’s an exciting range of wildlife including fulmers flying overhead and porpoises playing in the turbulent water.
This is just a small selection. To find your favourite, check out all our beaches.
Dog Friendly beaches
Fancy taking your dog along? No problem. Dogs are welcomed on all beaches of the Vale from October to the end of April each year, with lots allowing dogs all year round. For more info on where you can take your dogs and when, see here.