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Gower - Swansea Bay - Sketty Lane

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General details:

If there is any swell on the bay, this is your best bet.

Tide gets very low - can be a long trek, make sure tide times are checked. Best ~1 hour before high tide. Only sailable 2hrs either side of HW.

Good for beginners because it's shallow for 400-500m

Water quality is a bit suspect.

OK for intermediates/advanced for mainly flat water.

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Directions to the right place:

Head to the first car park past the university and towards the Gower.

Click here for what I think is the location.

Sketty Lane car park is an option and well used. Also a little further east opposite Swansea RFC is another car park with access to the beach.

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How the winds work:

NE & SW - both cross shore & flat water.

W & E - good, too.

S & SE - pretty much onshore.

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Tidal conditions:

HW springs tend to occur around 07:00 - 08:00 (19:00 - 20:00). HW neaps around 13:00 (GMT). Large tidal range. Shallow beach. Sea goes out a long way leaving mud behind.

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Hazards:

Water used to be a bit suspect but no worse than any other urban area.

Should be Ok now [2006] as Swansea Bay Sewage works is on line with UV treatment. Still a large outfall though 500m off the beach behind County Hall. It is marked by a large bouy.

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Content supplied by Greg Taylor & . Anon contributor - Aug 2006.

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