I saw some awesome photographs of Pobbles Bay with some epic surf rolling in last weekend. They were put on twitter by photographer Carolyn Seager @seagerworld , who has a website here. I know Pobbles well, I grew up in Pennard and considered it my home beach. I learnt to surf there, and spent far too many hours dropping into steep, but small close out waves. It taught me a lot. Before I could drive I would walk the couple of miles from home to surf whatever surf was there. There wasn’t much. Which was why it was so great to see the great waves pounding into the bay in Carolyn’s photographs.
The pictures inspired me to get down the bay today. It is amazing how we don’t visit what is on our doorstep or neglect to visit the places we are most connected with.
To get to Pobbles you can follow the directions in my previous blog, which will take you first past Pennard Castle and above Three Cliffs Bay.
Dropping into the valley you soon see why it is called Three Cliffs Bay. Here are the cliffs behind this little pile of limestone pebbles someone built.
I have written before about the fame of Three Cliffs Bay, its claim to be the most photographed and painted view in the UK, and its importance within Britain’s First Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (ANOB). But today was all about Pobbles, the little bay that is formed when it is cut off by the tide from the rest of Three Cliffs Bay. It is cut off by the cliffs themselves, and to get to it you have to pass through the cave, which brings you onto the sands of Pobbles Bay.
Here is Pobbles Bay, still looking great in the Autumn cloud and shade.
This is more reflective of the size of surf you will see at Pobbles Bay. Small but great shape on it today.
It is a great place and a great Gower walk. Here is one final shot of Three Cliffs.
So here endeth the lesson, don’t miss what is on your doorstep, and don’t forget to revisit the places you know best. DimExcuses.