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“Great walk”

Kenfig National Nature Reserve
Ranked #5 of 27 things to do in Bridgend
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 4 August 2014

Took the dog and I don't mean the mrs before anybody says anything the lake cooled the dog down great walk

1  Thank phil19692013
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Reviewed 26 July 2014

I have lived in the area all my life but never tire of the beauty and tranquillity that is Kenfig. The ruined castle, the rare flora, the pool, the sand dunes, the walk to sker beach, the view of the steel works all make Kenfig so special. Fabulous to visit in the Summer but the Winter walks are something else.

2  Thank angela c
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Reviewed 21 July 2014

Growing up in the area, I take this place for granted, but I've spent many an hour playing as a child and walking to and from sker beach and around the pool as an adult. its a lovely place to get away from the world for a bit.
Only gripes are caused by inconsiderate visitors leaving rubbish and not cleaning up behind their dogs. But that's not the nature reserves fault.

Thank Sparkyripper
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Reviewed 10 June 2014

fab views all round got the steel works but at night even that looks beautiful, hard to imagine but give it a try, walk as far as Sker beach really is a lovely place to chill and relax take a picnic when the weather is good. worth a visit

Thank Heather J
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Reviewed 5 June 2014

Sker beach is where I love to surf and this is a very chilled out place to go. I started surfing here about three years ago when I happened upon it by accident and this place has yielded some great surf in recent years. Sker beach is a three mile long sandy and pebble beach which is situated in Bridgend County. Sker rocks is at the south end and Kenfig River is at the north end, in which it is backed by shingle and dunes, behind which is the Kenfig nature reserve, a site of special scientific interest.
It is a fairly exposed beach and point break that has pretty consistent surf which can work at any time of the year. The surf works best during offshore winds from the east. Clean groundswells prevail and the ideal swell direction is from the southwest. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights with good surf at all stages of the tide.
Being approximately twenty minutes from the M4 you will find Kenfig nature reserve visitor centre at Kenfig village, which has plenty of free parking. From here it is about a mile walk to the beach. There is a lifeguard station but this is usually not manned except during the height of the summer time. Surf conditions here are best on a rising tide, and the surf is fairly consistent, with both left and right-handers. There can sometimes be break waves but it has a good swell direction and wind direction when there is a low and mid tide.
People often have a bad opinion of Sker beach for some reason? I have read some cynical comments, if you can decipher the poor English and equally bad grammar. Nobody uses Sker beach with the over rated Rest Bay Porthcawl nearby, but this can be a little too overcrowded on times. I often find that overcrowding increases stress and reduces enjoyment. But Sker has none of these issues. This beach is one of the most unappreciated beaches in Wales. It has no tourist, no pretend surfers and no overcrowding. At the end of the day surfing is about Freedom, and Sker has plenty of this. The beach is both clean and usually deserted. Yes there is a twenty minute walk from the car park, but the walk is wonderful and peacefull. As a general rule of thumb if you are at the car park at low tide then by the time you get to the sea then the waves will be just approaching their best.
There are a few hazards to be aware of, including a dangerous rip tide, particularly around Sker point and a medium undertow, there is also a submerged muscle bed to avoid and some sharp rocks, so be careful. There is some pollution but Port Talbot steel works has cleaned up its act in recent years and it is nowhere near as bad as some places. This spot works when the sea is clean with two to three foot waves so it is defiantly worth the trip. Even on a Saturday and Sunday I usually never seen anyone else and the waves will be better than rest bay.
Fun particularly in the summer time Sker beach is a really is a lovely place to surf on NE offshore winds. Who needs all the rest of the overcrowded South Wales coastline? This is a great place to surf if you are a true surfer one who likes exploration and adventure. You get the backdrop of Port Talbot Steel works, which is interesting and industrially beautiful. I have been sitting on the board about fifteen meters from the shore at sunset just waiting for a good wave and realise that this place is like a little piece of paradise. At dawn on dusk it is a wonderful place.
But turning up and expecting consistently good surf is not enough, there has to be dedication to this beach. Generally if Rest Bay is looking very good then Sker will be awesome. People just don’t make the trek and pass the sad queue jumping pretend surfers of rest bay. Free car parking, friendly locals (including myself) and wonderful scenery you will literally love Sker beach.
RIP to Colin – always searching for the perfect wave at Sker.

33  Thank DrDanielThomas
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