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Southerndown

Listed under Beaches in Wales, United Kingdom.

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A beautiful west facing sand and pebble bay at the foot of cliffs on the Heritage Coast, near Bridgend in the Vale of Glamorgan. This rural beach with spectacular coastal views, surrounded by farm land, is regularly recommended by MCS for its excellent water quality.

Southerndown is noted for the extensive honeycomb reefs extending along its shoreline, created from tubes of strongly cemented sand grains by the honeycomb worm Sabellaria alveolata, which are exposed a low tide. A local kiosk serves ice cream and refreshments, and the beach is extremely popular with local surfers and canoeists, occasionally joined by grey seals and basking sharks.

Written by  Thomas Bell.

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