South Wales and Gower

Introduction

Times of high water

Porthcawl: High water is 50 minutes before high water at Port Of Bristol (avonmouth)

Swansea: High water is 5 minutes after high water at Milford Haven

River Loughor at Pen-clawdd: High water is 15 minutes after high water at Milford Haven

Word Head: High water is 5 minutes after high water at Milford Haven

Tidal streams

Nash Point: The east south-east going stream begins at 5 hours and 35 minutes after high water at Port Of Bristol (avonmouth). The west north-west going stream begins at 35 minutes before high water at Port Of Bristol (avonmouth). The flow reaches a speed of 5 knots at springs. Large overfalls may form on the east-going tide.

Off Tusker Rock: The east south-east going stream begins at 5 hours and 30 minutes after high water at Port Of Bristol (avonmouth). The west north-west going stream begins at 30 minutes before high water at Port Of Bristol (avonmouth). The east south-east going stream reaches a speed of 2.4 knots at springs. The west north-west going stream reaches a speed of 2.8 knots at springs.

Off Port Talbot: The east south-east going stream begins at 5 hours and 10 minutes after high water at Milford Haven. The west north-west going stream begins at 30 minutes before high water at Milford Haven. The flow reaches a speed of 0.5 knots at springs.

Mumbles Head: Offshore: The east north-east going stream begins at 6 hours before high water at Milford Haven. The west south-west going stream begins at 30 minutes after high water at Milford Haven. The east north-east going stream reaches a speed of 1.4 knots at springs. The west south-west going stream reaches a speed of 1.6 knots at springs. Closer inshore, the south-going flow can reach 4 knots and runs from 3 hours before high water at Milford Haven until 6 before high water at Milford Haven. The east going flow runs for the remainder of the time, likely reaching 2.5 knots.

West side of Swansea Bay: The tidal stream here flows south starting 3 hours before high water at Milford Haven reaching a maximum speed of 1 knots at springs. The flow continues for 9 hours.

Pwlldu Head: The east going stream begins at 6 hours before high water at Milford Haven. The west going stream begins at 30 minutes after high water at Milford Haven. The flow reaches a speed of 2.5 knots at springs.

Port Eynon and Oxwich Point: The east going stream begins at 6 hours before high water at Milford Haven. The west going stream begins at 15 minutes after high water at Milford Haven. The flow reaches a speed of 3 knots at springs. Conditions can be rough off Port Eynon Point. The west-going flow sweeps around Oxwich Bay, turning south-east at the point, where it meets the main west-going flow, causing turbulence.

River Loughor near Whiteford Point: The east south-east going stream begins at 5 hours and 50 minutes before high water at Milford Haven. The west north-west going stream begins at 10 minutes after high water at Milford Haven. The flow reaches a speed of 3 knots at springs. An area of rough water can form at Whiteford point when the west going tide meets wind from the west or south.

River Loughor near Burry Port: The north north-east going stream begins at 5 hours and 20 minutes before high water at Milford Haven. The south south-west going stream begins at 15 minutes after high water at Milford Haven. The north north-east going stream reaches a speed of 2 knots at springs. The south south-west going stream reaches a speed of 4 knots at springs. It is likely that the north-going flow at this point in the channel corresponds to the main in-going (east-going) flow in the river.

South side of Worms Head: The east going stream begins at 6 hours before high water at Milford Haven. The west going stream begins at at high water at Milford Haven. The flow reaches a speed of 2.5 knots at springs.

Rhossili Bay: The tidal stream here flows south south-west starting 5 hours and 30 minutes after high water at Milford Haven. The stream is not strong.

To the north west of Worms Head: The east south-east going stream begins at 5 hours and 10 minutes after high water at Milford Haven. The west north-west going stream begins at 10 minutes before high water at Milford Haven. The east south-east going stream reaches a speed of 1 knots at springs. The west north-west going stream reaches a speed of 1.5 knots at springs.

Notes

Pembrey Range: Information from the range control: 01554 890420 or 01554 891224.

Pendine range: Information on firing times is available from 01994 453243 or 08700 100942. A forecast of activity is on the Qinetiq website.

Access/Egress

Llantwit Major Col-huw: (SS 957 674) g Large car park by the beach.

Dunraven Bay: (SS 885 731) g Reasonably sized beach car park.

Ogmore by Sea: (SS 861 752) g Plentiful car parking by the beach.

Porthcawl Newton Beach: (SS 838 769) g Reasonably sized car park by the beach.

Porthcawl Rest Bay: (SS 804 781) g Large car park set back from the beach. It may be possible to drop boats at the disabled parking area closer to the beach.

Port Talbot: (SS 740 901) g Lots of parking near the beach.

Mumbles Knab: (SS 626 876) g Car park near boat park with slipway.

Langland: (SS 605 874) g Large car parks by beach.

Caswell: (SS 593 877) g Large car park close to beach. Carry may be long at low water.

Pen-clawdd: (SS 545 959) g Large car park near a tidal creek - access around the time of high water.

Oxwich Bay: (SS 503 864) g Large pay car park by popular beach.

Horton: (SS 474 855) g Pay and display car park 100 m carry through the dunes to the beach.

Port Eynon: (SS 469 851) g Large car park near the beach.

Broughton bay: (SS 418 930) g Paid car park at the north end of the caravan site - carry boats 400 m through the site to the beach.

Llangennith Hillend: (SS 412 908) g Large car park 200 m from the beach.

Pendine: (SN 235 079) g Car park just north of a ramp onto the beach. The carry to the water may be a long one at low tide.

Suggested trips

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