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Monday, 25 August 2014 09:08

Brandy Cove- witches and stubbed toes

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. 

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Tuesday, 08 July 2014 14:04

Langland 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 :-)

 

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Tuesday, 27 May 2014 13:52

Waves and Tides

Waves and Tides

Fun Facts

Did you know that ocean tides are created by a combination of the gravitational pull of the moon and the sun combined with the rotation of the earth!

Most places have two high tides and low tides per day

There are times during the earth's rotation that the moon and the sun are on the same side and this causes larger tides, these are known as Spring Tides.

The important stuff..

Whenever you head to the beach always check the tides, you may get to the beach and it will be a high tide and the beach will not be accessible. 

Always be cautious about when the tide is going out or coming in, be careful not to get cut off by the tide.

Waves are not safe environments to play in, the sea is very unpredictable and what looks like fun could end in tragedy with bigger waves taking you out to sea.

 Coming up next - Coasteering

 

Published in Beach & Surfing
Tuesday, 20 May 2014 14:19

Stay safe on the beach this summer

Stay safe on the beaches across Gower this summer with these helpful tips from the RNLI. Where ever possible swim at a beach with a lifeguard on visit www.goodbeachguide.co.uk to find the beach closest to you with a lifeguard.

Always read and obey the safety signs, they will often be informing you of any dangers that could occur. On lifeguard manned beaches swim between the yellow and red flags as these are the safest areas to be swimming in.

Avoid swimming alone If you see someone getting into difficulty, do not try help them unless you are trained as they could push you uner the surface in a panic, alert the beach lifeguard or if there is no lifeguard call 999 or 112 and ask for the coastguard.

More tips to follow in the next blog entry - All about Rip Tides

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Yesterday we took the Cardiff Lions surfing down Gower on Llangennith Beach!! They were staying down Gower for the weekend camping in a local site and visiting a local rugby team! They were great fun in the sea and many of them were catching waves by the end of the session! The weather was just perfect for it, our hottest day of the year so far (lets hope for many more).

Well done to all the guys who got involved, I hope you enjoyed the day as much as we did.

We welcome all sports teams for great activity days like this! It is a perfect way to get your team working together in a different enviroment all while learning new skills!

If you are interested in a sports team actiivity day with RIPNROCK, just contact us for more information and great prices!

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Friday, 09 May 2014 10:10

Wild Garlic

Can you smell/see the wild garlic while travelling around Gower?

Wild Garlic (Allium Ursinum) is also know as ramsons, wood garlic or bears garlic, and it is currently taking over the forests of Gower! Wild Garlic can be used for many things: as a herb, in a salad, as a boiled vegetable, in a soup or as as ingredient in a pesto (we have just made some Wild Garlic pesto and its looooooovely)!

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Wednesday, 16 April 2014 09:53

Join our beach clean!

We are holding a beach clean tomorrow alongside The National Trust Gower at Three Cliffs Bay, if you fancy joining us please come along!! We will be meeting at Shepherds, Parkmill, Gower at 9:30am, you will be given everything you need, you just need to bring yourself!! If you love the great outdoors, why not come and help us keep it clean!

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Tuesday, 01 April 2014 12:55

What 2014 holds for RIPNROCK?

The beginning of our summer season is here!
We are very much looking forward to meeting lots of new clients and giving them activity experiences to remember. If you are looking to try something new why not book an activity with us?

We offer, Coasteering, Rock Climbing, Canyoning, Surfing, Abseiling, Gorge Walking, Raft Building, Team Building.

You may notice a few new activities in our activity list, we are very excited about being able to offer more to our visiting clients.
New for 2014 we are offering package weekends for stag, hen and groups - you select the activities and accommodation type and we organise the rest for you, all for the best price. If you'd like any more information simply contact us at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

 

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