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General details:

Not sailable at HW, although it's a long walk at low tide.

The car park charges £1.20 for the day (May 2003). Although I've not sailed here, I'd suggest there are two "best places" to park:

  • As close to the river as possible so you can use the slipway (though it's the furthest distance to the water from here), or
  • as far away from the river as possible: The water's edge is closer here, but it's a scramble down the shingle bank, there are more rocks, and the rising tide will stop sailing earlier here than by the slipway.

Although the car park is huge, there aren't actually all that many places to park as most of it is grassy areas (good for rigging) on which you're not allowed to park. Maybe this changes in summer.

There can be some good waves when there's a swell running; launch off the ramp /or rivermouth and sail across the inlet to the beach on the right hand side .

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Directions to the right place:

Take the A4524 from Bridgend, following signs for Ogmore-by-Sea. As the road bends round to the right going into the village, turn right down the hill, signposted to the beach.

Click here for map.

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How the winds work:

N or S winds give good wave sailing conditions if there's a swell.

I'd guess that SSE & S offer the best potential for wave sailing.

SW - WSW pretty much dead onshore. I suspect there may be some large, mushy waves in this direction if there's any swell coming up the Bristol Channel.

NW - not a bad spot in a NW wind which works well at this location, probalbly the only direction most locals would sail here.

For an up-to-the-minute forecast for this area, take a look here.

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Tidal conditions:

Huge tidal range - around 11m on the biggest spring tides.

HW springs tend to occur around 08:00 - 09:00. HW neaps between 13:00 - 15:30.

Tides are a problem here: Although the current is no worse than other beaches, the safe sailing range is limited.

There are lots of big exposed rocks at certain states of the tide and the only real safe option is for about 2hrs either side of low water. Lose track of the time and you have nowhere to come back in and land.

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Hazards:

Rocks as the tide comes in. The beach disappears quickly on a rising tide leaving no landing spot. The only safe option is around low water.

Be careful of the current in the river mouth on the outgoing tide: This can easily pull your feet from under you.

Received quote: "Personally dont think the water is all that clean here usually lots of gunk floating around in river mouth area, and passing the sewage works driving in leaves you with little confidence. "

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Facilities:

Large car park.

Toilets

Mobile snack bar.

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B&B's / campsites

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Pubs and eateries

Nothing much close by. The nearest junk food shop is back onto the main A road where theres a choice of a McDonalds/KFC.

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Content supplied by and anon contributor (Jun '03) - many thanks

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