Instructor Saly Haines - Rip N Rock

Sally Haines

Post 16 September 2014 In Beach & Surfing

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" !

Post 25 August 2014 In Other

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/

Post 25 August 2014 In Beach & Surfing

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. 

Post 25 August 2014 In Other

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 :-)

 

Post 04 August 2014 In Coasteering & Climbing

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.

Tel: 07815 784122
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Post 24 July 2014 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..
Post 08 July 2014 In All Categories

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 :-)

 

Post 07 July 2014 In All Categories

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 :)

 

Post 07 July 2014 In All Categories

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 :)

 

Post 30 June 2014 In Coasteering & Climbing

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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