Barry island’s Whitmore Bay is a stunning sandy beach, which makes a fun day out for any family. This award winning, Blue Flag standard beach is a gem of the South Wales coastline and has attracted visitors since the 1870’s. Its Blue Flag status ensures the beach and ocean has a high-water quality, is safe and provides lifeguards during certain times, and promotes sustainable development1. Its coast and ocean environment are perfect for a swim and digging and building sandcastles in the golden sand.
Brace the chilly ocean waves for a swim or go rock pooling and discover a vibrant marine community, including limpets, crabs and sea anemones. A short walk up the limestone headland leads to a beautiful view of the wider Severn Estuary. There are also plenty of places to enjoy coffee or an ice cream to refuel after walking around the beach and headland. For fans of the hit TV show Gavin and Stacey, Barry Island Pleasure Park is located nearby, and you may be able to spot a picture of Nessa somewhere near the beachfront! Recent restoration has added a rainbow of colour, with 24 bright beach huts positioned right on the beach front, and a climbing wall perfect for kids to explore. Beach wheelchairs are also available on loan for easier accessibility.
During the high season (May – September) the beach is dog-free. Outside of the high season (October – April), make the most of those wet days and bring your dog for a beach run.
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Litter Picking Tips:
Find out how you can help keep your local beaches and coastline for everyone to enjoy while protecting the special features of the Severn Estuary.
- Stick to public rights of way and avoid trampling sensitive habitats like saltmarsh and reefs of Sabellaria (honeycomb tubeworm).
- Leave natural materials behind and don’t take any rocks plants or other items home.
- Avoid disturbing wildlife.
- Keep your dog under effective control to protect wildlife by avoiding disturbance along the coast, especially where birds are feeding, breeding and resting.
- Check tide times and weather forecasts before you visit the coast.
For more information take a look at the ASERA Good Practice Guidelines