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DOES THIS LOOK LIKE FUN OR WHAT?-

We can confirm that it's an absolute scream!!!

This is our new group activity and its available to book now.

 

WHAT IS IT?

Its a stand-up paddle board that floats up to 8 adults or 10 kids. We're calling it our MegaSUP!

If you have a bigger group then no problem, we have plenty of ideas and games that keep everyone engaged even when they're not on the board. 

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HOW LONG IS A SESSION?

About 2 and half hours.

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

1 MASSIVE board!

Wetsuit, Buoyancy Aid, Helmet and paddle for everyone

Structured tuition and full safety briefings from a qualified lifeguard

A laugh a minute

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WHERE DO THE SESSIONS RUN?

We use venues that suit your needs. We can do river and canal trips, flatwater sea sessions or surfing sessions. 

Whatever you want to get from session, whether its pure adrenaline, team building or just trying something new, then we will suggest the best venue for you and your group.

 

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HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

This depends on the size of your group, prices start from £175

HOW DO I BOOK?

If you've got this far, congratulations, you won't regret it!

E-mail us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  and we'll send you a booking form and all the information you need.

CANT' WAIT TO LAUGH WITH YOU UNTIL OUR SIDES HURT!!

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On the 29th July yet another tragic drowning occured at this Gower Beauty spot.

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/man-dies-trying-rescue-child-9544706

Three Cliffs Bay is next to be covered on our Gower beach blog but we thought it far more important to re-publish our blog on rip currents before that. 

Whilst we wouldn't like to presume exactly what happened at this incident, its sounds very likely that a rip current was involved.

 The rivermouth at Three Cliffs Bay is a classic example of a rip current. We hope the following information helps you to recognise or escape from one should you be unfortunate enough not to spot it before you get in the water.

A Picture paints a thousand words;

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Signs of rips can be ; Brown water, foam on the surface, debris floating, water surface is different from the rest of the beach (e.g flat when everywhere else has waves, rippled when everywhere else is flat)

So, what is a rip current?

Rip currents are generally caused by water leaving the beach (maybe out from a river, after a big wave or after the tide has pushed the water up and over a sand bank) and its trying to get back to sea level by the easiest way possible i.e the easiest way down the slope, similar to way a river acts. This action of heading back down the slope causes a current in a direction that may not be predicted by the unaware.

The problem is that these slopes on the beach are very subtle and often not visible in the sand by the naked eye but the volume of water that finds their path down them is so great that their effect can be like a river running out to sea. Not many people can swim or paddle their boards against a river/rip current for long without getting exhausted and that's why they are so dangerous.

How do I know if I'm caught in a rip?

Whenever you are in the sea you should keep a constant check on where you are in relation to the beach. If you find that you are paddling or swimming in one direction but not seeming to get anywhere then you may be in a rip current and you need to make a new plan before you don't have any energy left.

What are my options if I'm in a rip current?

As always in an emergency situation, you MUST STAY CALM.

Panic wastes energy, loss of energy leads to poor swimming/paddling technique and not making the right decisions.

Once you understand that you are in a rip current then the following graphic explains your options. 

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 Swim sideways to the current, the strength of the rip current will weaken further from the shore. The vast majority of rip currents will completely dissipate less than 100m from the shore.

The main points are, STAY CALM, don't try to fight against the rip current, take time to reasses, save energy and do something different than swimming/paddling directly against it.

How often do rip currents occur?

Rips can be present permanently or for medium or very short times on any beach. ALWAYS BE AWARE OF YOUR POSITION RELATIVE TO THE SHORE.

What causes a permenant rip?

A river mouth is an example of a permanent rip current. Its got a slope that channels water out to sea! 

Structures such as rock projections, groynes, drainage pipes or piers often have channels to their sides that provide an easy escape route for water off the beach. These structures are easy to spot and so the rip currents should be easy to avoid if you're aware.

How do I spot a short term rip?

Short term rips (Flash Rips) are more likely in stormy, heavy surf with long sets of waves that increase the volume of water above sea level. This, by nature, increases the volume of water that could suddenly flow down a slope on the beach therefore creating a rip.

If you're in the water at the time it happens, you may not be able spot it forming. Sorry to sound like a broken record but......ALWAYS BE AWARE OF YOUR POSITION RELATIVE TO THE SHORE and if you realise that you are not getting to where you are trying to get to then you may be in a rip. Stay calm and swim/paddle sideways to the current.

Where can I get more information?

Coastguard, lifeguards, local surfers, surf schools, outdoor activity companies and many more, if you're not sure then its better to ask. If you still aren't sure then its wise to give it a miss altogether.

The ocean is a wonderful playground that gives us fantastic experiences and we want to encourage everyone to get in there as often as possible. Its a sad fact however that people get killed in it every year as it can be an extremely hazardous environment. 

BE AWARE-STAY SAFE-HAVE FUN

Another local favourite and hidden gem (at least at high tide).

The beautifully named Pobbles has everything that the seclusion seeker, hiker and adventurer could want. How can one bay cater for all of these? Simple! This is a cove, beach and super bay all in one and all in 6 hours.............Unique is the only word for it and there certainly isn't another like it on Gower. 

Actually, there may be one similar but you'll have to wait for a much later blog to discover the other one!

So here is Pobbles in all its schizophrenic glory.

HIGH TIDE

 

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 As classic a cove as you could find, steep dune backdrop, easy angled cliffs, pebble ridge at the top and golden sand to the sea. This is the time for the seclusion seeker and sunbather as this stage of tide provides you with the most shelter from the prevailing south westerly sea breeze. For anyone who likes fishing, then this is the time to head to the top of the cliffs in summer months for good mackerel fishing.

 

 MID TIDE

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 At mid tide, the bay reveals exploring opportunites aplenty with easy scrambling and a number of small and interestingly formed sea caves to the east end. It also becomes possible to reach the bottom of the first graded rock climbs in the area at the west end of the beach. As the sand drys then you can claim exclusive use of your very own minicove where the kids will find sandy pools that get ever warmer as the sun works its magic!

 

LOW TIDE

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And there she is! On bigger low tides the 'super bay' that is Pobbles, Threecliffs and Oxwich Bay is born.( If you want to know more about terms likes 'big low tides and 'small high tides' then look out for a future blog that explains all). 

At low tide, the climbing areas of Shirecombe to the East and the classic Three Cliffs become the climbers oyster. . The walker can enjoy a seemingly never ending stretch of soft, yellow sand. 

There's great spear fishing below Shirecombe and.......Shhhhhhh! don't tell anyone we told you but there's also good bass fishing in the bay as the tide pushes back over the sand.

JUST A FEW MORE THINGS

Is there any surf at Pobbles at any stage of tide? Well, the bay gets plenty of swell but it rarely shows any quality of shape or power. You can have some fun but nothing here for the serious surfer  sorry!

How do you get there at high tide?

Park in Southgate and walk down the side of the golf course or park in Parkmill and walk up and over the dunes from Three Cliffs side.

HAPPY POBBLING!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We're humbled, proud and extremely grateful to have won this award in our first year on TripAdvisor.

Humbled because its all down to our lovely visitors leaving reviews as a kind thank you for our service.

Proud because we must be achieving our aim of providing first class adventures to everyone who comes to see us.

Grateful because without these amazing reviews we wouldn't have the opportunity to boast about it in this blog!!!!

 

Seriously, a massive thank you to all of our visitors that have embraced the RipNRock family and given their time to praise us, promote us and recommend us to the world. 

Without such strong support , we  wouldn't be thriving as a small, family business.

 

THANKYOU!!

Sunset Photo Competition

Post 26 February 2015 By Sally Haines In Other

Having been amazed by some of the winter sunsets we've seen recently we decided we want to see your pictures of the ones that you've seen.

As an incentive we thought we would offer a prize for our favourite that we receive - a voucher for 4 people to come on an adventure of their choice with us.

All you have to do is like our facebook page and send us your best shot with a date and location of when it was shot- SIMPLE!!

For inspiration, check out our best effort from this winter -

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When we asked our 'RIPNROCK family' (Facebook friends, Twitter and Instagram followers, e-mail friends and relatives) to nominate us for the Swansea Bay Tourism Awards we would have been over the moon to be selected as finalists in a category. Imagine our surprise and delight when we were informed that we had been shortlisted for TWO awards!

Best New Business & Best Activity Provider

Tickets were duely ordered and we arranged to share a table with our friends and partners at http://www.pittoncross.co.uk/ campsite who were also hoping for an award in the campsite section. The day was quickly upon us and posh frocks and suits were adorned.

Feeling very pleased at having got this far and that anything else would be a bonus we had an added surprise, on arrival at the http://www.swansea.gov.uk/brangwynhall and collecting a programme we discovered that we had in fact been shortlisted for THREE awards!! The unexpected new comer was for 'Best Visitor Experience'.

The odds for success suddenly felt in our favour and little butterflies for what might be began to flutter.

The Brangwyn hall looked amazing:

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The food was lovely, the company fun and interesting and, after coffee, the main event began. Many happy people feeling proud of themselves, their staff and their combined achievements as the various awards were presented. 

A full list of the finalists can be found here http://www.swanseabaytourismawards.co.uk/finalists2014.php but at the time of writing, no winners list had been published.

Our categories were near to the end and the wait was almost too much to bear! But when they came, we were ecstatic with our success;

High Commendations in the Best New Business and Best Visitor Experience categories.

Here's a picture of Company Director Sally Haines and proud husband and RIPNROCK instructor Dave collecting one of the awards

 

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Our success is in no small part due to the support that we've recieved from all of our customers, the reviews they've left and the recommendations that they've made to help us improve at every turn. We'd like to express our heartfelt thanks to them and our close friends and family who have been tremendous from the very start. 

THANKYOU EVERYONE!!!!

Aaaah Foxhole! (If its Rock Climbing you want go to the bottom of this post)

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"There's no beach here"

"There are better beaches just over ......[there]"

"What are RipnRock on about?"

All fair comments but those who are in the know cherish this little cove, its inaccessibility, temporary qualities and very, VERY quiet nature. When you go at low tide(only), this little bay shows off the charms that are so magnetic to the locals.

 Fox Hole

 The sand is always wet, comfortable spaces are few. BUT its' a short walk from the National Trust car park in the village of Southgate and will give you an up close and personal experience of the tremendous rock formations that you wouldn't see from the cliff top.

Kids will love the adventure too. A steep but smooth walk down will open up a safe rock scramble on to the sand and immediately on to ever-changing rockpool heaven - Don't forget the nets!

Once you've found a favoured spot here, which will change every time you visit, you'll soon be drawn to all its crooks and nannys and the overpowering wish to explore them. Having said that, on a hot Summer afternoon, don't feel guilt if you just want to smuggly sunbathe knowing that you are in a select crowd who have found this little piece of heaven that will only last for a couple of hours.

The highlight of exploration around here would have to be the cave of Minchin Hole alt, to the East, which has an immense prehistoric relevance http://www.explore-gower.co.uk/explore/gower-history/gower-caves/minchin-hole-southgate. This description highlights the extinct and rare fauna of the area and where else will you find the evidence of caveman, Roman era and Dark ages folk making their home during times of trouble and plenty. We would ask you to tread carefully though and stick to already worn routes, these things can never be replaced. This, of course, is why we won't give an exact description of its location- seek and yee shall find.

Further away is Bacon Hole and the  video here will give you an idea of how such an important place in history can soon be upset by too much human traffic http://www.megalithic.co.uk/article.php?sid=4453. Pretty cool though eh?!

This area is a stronghold of the previously at risk Chough  alt, a relative of the crow, with impressive red legs and curved bill. Once you tune in to their distinctive call and appearence you'll think they must be commonplace but please be "chuffed" if you see or hear them because their future is still in jeopardy due to intensive farming practises.

 So; something for the chill out merchant, family, geologist, historian and birder but what about the adventure enthusiast?

This is THE place for sport (with bolts in-situ) climbing on Gower. The crag that bears the same name as the bay is likely to be the most visited sports crag on Gower, it boasts routes from 3+ to the hardest climb on Gower (at the time of writing) at 8b. Its got easy access and a non-tidal position. The only Topo we could find  http://www.sportsclimbs.co.uk/mainpages/gower/Fox%20Hole%20Topo.htm doesn't include the easiest climbs to the west but buying the http://www.ukclimbing.com/gear/review.php?id=5153 will help you locate them for sure. Bon chance rock monkeys!!

We hope you enjoyed our post on this special place, please like us on Facebook, follow on Twitter or enjoy our images on Instagram

 

 

A serious subject that we feel its our duty to inform you about. On Sunday 27th October 2014 at Mawgan Porth beach in Cornwall three people lost their lives in a rip current (sometimes misleadingly called a riptide). http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2808627/Three-surfers-die-getting-difficulty-water-Cornish-coastal-beauty-spot.html

There are at least 8 definitions of the word 'Rip' in the dictionary but we're only concerned with the definitions that relate to the incident and to us here at RipnRock.

rip 1(raltp)

v. rippedrip·pingrips
v.tr.
1. To cut, tear apart, or tear away roughly : to rip a wave apart with amazing turns on a surfboard

rip 2(raltp)

n.
1. A stretch of water in a river, estuary, or tidal channel made rough by waves meeting an opposing current.
2. A rip current.

So that's the origins of our name cleared up but the second definition doesn't help you to know exactly what a rip current is or, more importantly, how to recognise or escape from one should you be unfortunate enough not to spot it before you get in the water.

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Signs of rips can be ; Brown water, foam on the surface, debris floating, water surface is different from the rest of the beach (e.g flat when everywhere else has waves, rippled when everywhere else is flat)

 

So, what is a rip current?

Rip currents are generally caused by water leaving the beach (maybe after a big wave or after the tide has pushed the water up and over a sand bank) and its trying to get back to sea level by the easiest way possible i.e the easiest way down the slope, similar to way a river acts. This action of heading back down the slope causes a current in a direction that may not be predicted by the unaware.

The problem is that these slopes on the beach are very subtle and often not visible in the sand by the naked eye but the volume of water that finds their path down them is so great that their effect can be like a river running out to sea. Not many people can swim or paddle their boards against a river/rip current for long without getting exhausted and that's why they are so dangerous.

How do I know if I'm caught in a rip?

Whenever you are in the sea you should keep a constant check on where you are in relation to the beach. If you find that you are paddling or swimming in one direction but not seeming to get anywhere then you may be in a rip current and you need to make a new plan before you don't have any energy left.

What are my options if I'm in a rip current?

As always in an emergency situation, you MUST STAY CALM.

Panic wastes energy, loss of energy leads to poor swimming/paddling technique and not making the right decisions.

Once you understand that you are in a rip current then the following graphic explains your options. Hover over for text.

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 Swim sideways to the current, the strength of the rip current often weakens further from the shore.

The main points are, STAY CALM, don't try to fight against the rip current, take time to reasses, save energy and do something different than swimming/paddling directly against it.

How often do rip currents occur?

Rips can be present permanently or for medium or very short times on any beach. ALWAYS BE AWARE OF YOUR POSITION RELATIVE TO THE SHORE.

What causes a permenant rip?

A river mouth is an example of a permanent rip current. Its got a slope that channels water out to sea! 

Structures such as rock projections, groynes, drainage pipes or piers often have channels to their sides that provide an easy escape route for water off the beach. These structures are easy to spot and so the rip currents should be easy to avoid if you're aware.

How do I spot a short term rip?

Short term rips (Flash Rips) are more likely in stormy, heavy surf with long sets of waves that increase the volume of water above sea level. This, by nature, increases the volume of water that could suddenly flow down a slope on the beach therefore creating a rip.

If you're in the water at the time it happens, you may not be able spot it forming. Sorry to sound like a broken record but......ALWAYS BE AWARE OF YOUR POSITION RELATIVE TO THE SHORE and if you realise that you are not getting to where you are trying to get to then you may be in a rip. Stay calm and swim/paddle sideways to the current.

Where can I get more information?

Coastguard, lifeguards, local surfers, surf schools, outdoor activity companies and many more, if you're not sure then its better to ask. If you still aren't sure then its wise to give it a miss altogether.

The ocean is a wonderful playground that gives us fantastic experiences and we want to encourage everyone to get in there as often as possible. Its a sad fact however that people get killed in it every year as it can be an extremely hazardous environment. 

BE AWARE-STAY SAFE-HAVE FUN

Wow! What a brilliant few days we've had last week and this, we've been blessed with mild temperatures and plenty of rain which can only mean one thing. .......

GORGE WALKING AND CANYONING!

We were over the moon to see some people returning to us for a second time. Its such a compliment to us to know that we must have done something right the first time for folks to be booking back for more fun!

Even Finn (he's got a paragraph on our team page) hooked up with an old canine friend!

With more warm weather to come http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2636432 if you're staying in Swansea, South Wales or Gower we can't think of a reason not to give us a bell and add a little bit of RipnRock to your half term too!

Check out a few of the images of the last few activities and if you need any more persuasion  to pick up the phone then read this lovely Trip Advisor review we were left by Martin about his family fun with us :-)

Catch You soon!! 

http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowUserReviews-g186466-d6474871-r235484391-RipNRock-Swansea_Swansea_County_Southern_Wales_Wales.html#REVIEWS

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Besides the politics, it's a place that takes your breath away. If you're shrouded in mist then the ominous feeling of isolation and exposure from the moorland around can make you feel that you're truly in a wilderness. If you're lucky enough to be here on a clear day then then you'll see the Black Mountain to the North and to the south you can see the south and north coasts of your ultimate goal- The Gower Peninsula.

Having given your first marker a friendly pat, head east for 400m to the road and then SSW on a well marked and worn trail, if you start to go steeply down, hill as many have, then you're heading too far east, follow the trail!

This leads to a mountain road, be sure to shout 'Allez! Allez!' to the hardcore cyclists who use this as a training ground.

As the forestry on the right approaches you'll be glad to get off the tarmac and reconnnect with the land again, follow your nose and don't be distracted by track junctions in the woods. Soon enough you'll be rewarded by a view of the Upper Lliw resevoiralt . This was opened in 1892 to provide water for Swansea and will provide you with a place for a well earned break and a cup of coffee watching the bird life. If you're travelling light and not carrying a flask don't worry, a cafe on the lower resevoir might be open!

Cross the dam and follow the valley southwards and as you get the first glimpse of the lower LLiw resevoir (opened in 1863) don't miss your opportunity to descend to a lower lakeside path, via a style, instead of following the access road. At the southern end of the this lovely lake is the cafe and toilets- which may come as some relief.

Cross the damn and descend through pleasant countryside and fields into the village of Felindre which has the http://www.shepherdsinn.co.uk/  if you're in need of some liquid refreshment or a light bite. About 1km of road walking follows before turning off SE towards Gelli-wern Isaf farm and (at the time of writing) numerous signs against a proposed renewable energy project. These couple of kilometres can be tricky to navigate due to a lack of signs and a never ending number of fence lines that seem to be set to confuse, the best hint we have for you is to keep the stream to your right and not too far away and as soon as you see buildings, head towards them, they'll take you onto the road and into Pontlliw via the road and on towards Gorseinon and Gowerton.

Ok, Its honesty time. We're not fans of the next section but we can see that some may be endeared to its dubious merits. The down sides? Road walking, built up areas, traffic, litter and the post industrial landcsape. Merits? The post industrial landscape from the tin plate, steel processing and mining eras also the sense of continuity as you cross the River Lliw a couple of times toward the end of the section in Gowerton PLUS the excitement of entering one of the 'Gateways to Gower'! Other than these, we cannot get inspired to tell you more sorry but feelfree to research via these wikipedia links;

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gowerton

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gorseinon

Relatively simple map work and signposting  should soon see you  getting onto the cycle path where this first section of the Gower Way ends, well done you!! If you're anything like us then you'll feel quite urbanised by this point and needing a fix a more rural natural environment. This should be your inspiration for starting the next section which we'llcover very soon.

If you ever wanted to experience some of the complex history between the English and the Welsh then The Gower Way long distance footpath will give you 35 miles to contemplate and cogitate just that. It disects the entire ancient Lordship of Gower that includes both the areas historically known as Gower Anglicana(English) and Gower Walicana (Welsh)  from when the English invaders drove the Welsh inland and upland from the fertile coastal lands to the more desolate moors and highlands. 

Fear not, however, If you didn't want to get bogged down in such matters, this is a fantastic walk with interests to suit all abilities. Do it in short sections, do it in one go, only do the coastal half or upland parts, the choice is yours but do it you should!

Inaugurated by the Prince of Wales in 1998, the way is marked by 50 numbered stones bearing the Gower Society crest and an arrow marking the way.....a big BUT......these cannot be relied on for navigation! Many are overgrown or difficult to notice so if you set your heart on doing a rubbing of each number with sheep poo, mud or whatever comes to hand then don't be dissapointed if the full set can't be completed. If you like a challenge, however, you can download the grid references of each stone from the swansea ramblers website http://www.swansearamblers.org.uk/Gower-Way/gower-way.php

Considering the miriad of foot and bridle paths across the terrain that could lead you in the wrong direction, an OS map (Explorer 165 for the inland part and exporer 164 for the coastal part) is a must but don't worry, a wrong turn may be frustrating but will not lead to a gaping precipice or worse. 

Here at RipnRock we can heartily recommend  that any visitor to the Swansea Bay area doing the Gower Way should do it by  starting at stone number 50 on the hills at Penlle'r Castell to number 1 on the coast at Rhossilli. Why? 1) Its downhill! 2) There's something magical about ending at a cliff edge 3) Once you get to the end, if you have any energy left then you are in the heart of our playgrounds and can join us on one of our adventures.

On the next entry in this blog, we'll describe the different sections in more detail.

Whats not to like about this secluded, beautiful bay? With its rich mixture of history, remnants of an industrial past, remote nature and stunning scenery it has to be one of the unsung  jewels of the Gower coast. (If you're here for surfing then go to the end)

The natural harbour and south east aspect makes it one of the safest places to bathe but carrying much more than your swimming cozzie will require some effort as the nearest access is a walk from Pyle Corner in Bishopston (approx 30mins walk). As you walk around the corner on the approach track and get your first glimpse, you'll first be impressed by the lush green of the trees contrasting with the steep grey limestone cliffs quarried more than a century and a half ago. Before long, you'll take in the small, crescent, natural  harbour mirrored by the  expansive half-moon of the bay with its impressive pebble ridge. This ridge holds back the waters that have travelled under and overground through the Bishopston Valley to form PwllDu (the black pool) that gives the beach its name.

There are two houses on the beach which were both once Inns, one for the quarrymen and one for the sailors, necessary at the time as a communal drinking hole would only have resulted in violence!

Nowadays many of us gaze upon these residences and dream of living there or simply wonder about the practicalities of making our home in such isolation. Luckily, for those who have the inclination, you can delve into the residents' way of life and absorb the atmosphere of this wonderful hidden corner of the Gower Peninsula. Ship cottage has a self contained annex for rent http://www.homefromhome.com/cottage-details/652 . You won't find more amiable hosts than Bob and Kath to help you on your way with exploring this less-trodden treasure.

This beach gets waves on a big storm swell, sheltered from SW winds but strong rips and unpredictable banks means its a local secret that you're not likely to catch unless you're "On It" !

Although football isn't really our sport here at RipnRock, it makes us very happy to see the local Premier League  team Swansea City FC having such an amazing start to the season. 

A 2-1 win away against Manchester United and a 1-0 win at home against Burnley sees the Swans sitting pretty at 3rd in the table.

Keep it up lads!!

If you want to keep up with the team then check out http://www.swanseacity.net/

Brandy Cove is situated at the end of a valley that runs down from Bishopston, Swansea.(If you're looking for surfing then go to the end)

It is a quiet and secluded rocky cove with some strips of sand at low tide, twenty minutes walk from Pyle Corner, Bishopston. Alternatively you can walk around the coastal path from Caswell, great care should be taken on this route as the path clings to the edge of steep cliffs. 

Due to its rocky nature, it tends to be more popular with locals escaping the summer crowds or famiies who love exploring caves, scrambling on the rocks and rock-pooling. Many a stubbed toe has been suffered by those brave enough to swim here!

It really distinguishes itself from other Swansea and Gower beaches by its spooky tales. Old Moll, the Witch of the caves who spread illness, pestilance and misfortune everywhere she went. The haunting screams of the murdered Mamie Stuart. The clunks and clicks of rowing brandy smugglers through the sea mist. The history of the Roman lead mines. 

On reflection, maybe the best time to visit Brandy Cove is on a still and moonlit night.....if you dare!!!

(Surfing- Sheltered from SW winds (ish) depending on the tide and sand levels, you may find a surf able wave here on mid-low-mid tide (ish!)  maybe) Big wave surfers will find a wave off the VERY shallow reef west of caswell on the biggest swells. 

On saturday we enjoyed helping to make the Gower Carnival at South Gower Sports club a roaring success. It seemed like we had a constant stream of people all wanting to try out the 'RipnRock Challenge' for the chance of winning a family day out with us.

The challenge was to be the fastest person to don a climbing harness, clip in and belay our cuddly Monkey on a sketeboard towards you. Once the skateboard croseed the line, the harness had to be removed and then the drowning boy buoy needed saving by throwing a rescue throwline to him. This proved to be the downfall of many as the wind conditions were variable to say the least!

At the close of play, our lucky and skillful winner was Will Thomas from Cardiff who completed the challenge in 44seconds. This time was over ten seconds faster than his next nearest rival and so we say his prize is well deserved. We look forward to taking Will and his family on his choice of coasteering, canyoning, climbing, abseiling or surfing!

Thanks again to South Gower sports club, see you all soon :-)

 

Coasteering on Gower with RIPNROCK!

Grab yourself a mid-week bargain and come coasteering on Gower, Swansea. Our highly qualified instructors take you on an adventure around the beautiful Welsh coastline. You will be able to swim, climb, jump and explore during your Coasteering experience. 

WEDNESDAY 6TH AUGUST 2014 - £30pp

Enter coastal cave only accessible via swimming around the coastline, if you keep your eyes peeled you may also see some Grey Seals, jellyfish (that are harmless) and if you are really lucky a Porpoise or two (a breed of dolphin).

It is a fantastic day out for all! We take people of all ages and abilities; just get in contact for more information.

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Caswell Bay

Post 24 July 2014 By Sally Haines In All Categories

Caswell Bay

 

Caswell Bay is a large sandy beach which is flocked to by surfers all year around! Caswell takes its name from the stream that meanders its way through the Caswell valley and out along the beach! There are some lovely cafe’s just on the brow of Caswell Bay. The beach has lifeguards on between May and September and it is a popular beach for rock-pooling and other sea and beach activities. In 2006 the beach was named in the top 50 beaches in the UK, and as it stands we think that the beach is still pretty special. During low tide and a short walk around the headland to the west you will come onto Brandy Cove - but be sure to keep an eye on the tides.

 
Next Pwll Du Bay..

Langland Bay

Langland Bay is a popular coastal holiday beach. The Bay is surrounded by bright beach huts which are all privately owned, but give the beach great character! The sandy beach has another smaller beach called Rotherslade Bay which becomes isolated at high tide. The big steps here are a sun-worshipper's dream, a really sheltered sun trap.

Langland Bay is home to 6 very well looked after tennis courts. Langland Bay Golf Club also looks over the Bay, this 18 hole course can be challenging even for the best - with unpredictable coastal conditions! The Golf Club won Welsh Golf Club of the year in 2013.

Anyway.. back to the beach, popular with surfers - at a low tide Crab Island (reef) provides one of the best shaped and most powerful right hand waves in the country; however, many are put off by the fact that the wave breaks onto the exposed reef, so it is considered dangerous for novice surfers. Less able surfers might be better off trying 'Saga Point', 'Middle Reef' or 'Rotherslade Lefts' but there is always a danger from rocks so no head first dismounts people!

We recommend the Chai-tea Lattes at the Surf Side Cafes https://www.facebook.com/pages/Surfside-Cafe-official-site/108686775840951 for a post-surf warm up. Plus these cafes are dog-friendly too, a rareity on Gower :-)

 

Team Building

Team Building is quite a new activity for us, but not an activity that isn't all too familiar. Since we have been offering Team Building we have had a lot of demand for it, from Corporate bookings to Hen Parties it is suitable for all! Team Building is a few hours of problem solving, fun and silly games! The games make you think, they challenge you and your team and all while working together and building communication and confidence within your team/group.

The games include - 

Pyramid Stack
Electric Fence
Switch
Ball Run
Sling It

And many many more, if you are intrigued by the names of the activities the only way to find out more is to get involved!! 
Check out our Team Building page to see some images and find out more :)

 

Team Building

Team Building is quite a new activity for us, but not an activity that isn't all too familiar. Since we have been offering Team Building we have had a lot of demand for it, from Corporate bookings to Hen Parties it is suitable for all!

Team Building is a few hours of problem solving, fun and silly games! The games make you think, they challenge you and your team and all while working together and building communication and confidence within your team/group.

Games include - 

Pyramid Stack
Electric Fence
Switch
Ball Run
Sling It

and many many more, if you are intrigued by the names of the activities the only way to find out more is to get involved!! 
Check out our Team Building page to see some images and find out more :)

 

What is Coasteering?

Coasteering is a fantastic activity for everyone! It is becoming bigger and better every year. With Wales being the birth place for this great activity where better to come and give it a go? 

Coasteering involves jumping, swimming, plunging, climbing, exploring and so much more. It is a unique way to explore the South Wales coast line. 

So to make it easier to understand we've made a video for you all to see exactly what goes on, so give this link a click and let us know what you think.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbQ5DIbVZ5w

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