Living the dream by exploring the beautiful beaches around Britain
in the Vale of Glamorgan
Penarth – Shingley beach at high tide with some sand exposed at low tide, nice promenade walk along top with a few cafes and shops.
Lavernock Cove – Stoney with sand at low tide, no facilities, space for a couple of cars at the church or hedged walk to Penarth.
Jackson’s Bay, Barry – little sand gem of a cove at southern end of Barry by Port, dog friendly, parking in surrounding residential area and seasonal cafe. Dog friendly.
Whitmore Bay – main beach in Barry, sandy cove with amusements etc up above, beach carefully maintained, large car park close by. Seasonal dog ban.
Watch House Bay, Barry – sandy beach at low tide, runs to mud as you go into harbour. Facilities and large car park. Dog friendly.
The Knapp Beach, Barry – mostly stony beach with more sandy patches exposed at low tide. Car park running along back with cafe – more facilities in town. Dog friendly.
Porthkerry Beach – mostly stony with sandy patches exposed at low tide, runs alongside the country park (nearest parking and facilities in park) – access to Knapp beach and Barry along beach at lowish tide. Dog friendly.
Watch House Beach – mostly stone beach but with a nice sandy island in the middle, surrounded by freshwater ponds. No facilities and dog friendly.
Leys Beach – stoney beach alongside power station, few sandy bits along groins. No facilties and dog friendly.
Limpert Bay – next to power station so far from pretty and mostly stony. Free parking but no other facilities.