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Thursday, 26 February 2015 14:17

Sunset Photo Competition

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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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. 

Published in Beach & Surfing
Monday, 25 August 2014 08:30

RipnRock at the Gower Carnival

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 :-)

 

Published in Other
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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Wednesday, 18 June 2014 14:36

Beaches and Bays around gower

Our next line of Blog entries are all about the Gower coastline. We hear enough about Rhossili Bay endlessly due to it endless beauty and awards! However, the Gower coastline is also home to a lot of other Bays and Beaches, some small and private some pebbled and others with huge historical importance. So our next blog feature will bring you these beaches and all you need to know about them.

So keep your eye out for your favorite beaches!!

Beach number one is going to be Bracelet and Limeslade Bay

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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

Published in Beach & Surfing

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, 18 April 2014 10:12

Our beach clean

Yesterdays beach clean went really well, we had a brilliant turn out of volunteers to help pick up as much of litter from the valley running down to Three Cliffs Bay! We finished with many and many of bags full with rubbish.. The beach is looking much cleaner, but remember guys, always take your litter away with you unlike footprints in the sand - litter does not just wash away!

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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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