Sept Surftember has been fantastic. It has been warm and sunny in a classic Indian Summer. Spectacular surf has been turning up with long periods and big gaps between the 2 to 3 foot sets. Combine that with unusually consistent offshore winds that have been the opposite of the normal South Westerly prevailing winds, the waves have been steep and almost hollow breaking left and right. In layman’s terms the surf has been perfect, and I have the ‘delayed muscle soreness’ (DOMS) in my paddling arms to prove it.
There have been long flat periods with no surf that have lasted for days, but with warm air, water and sun it has been glorious in South Wales. Perfect Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP) conditions. SUPs have appeared in the DimExcuses blog before, when I tried them out for the first time and when some SUP riding friends surfed with me as a storm passed us by in Newgale. But I will leave the SUPs to others as I prefer to walk the Gower beaches with Frenchton Molly on flat days. So where else would we go in this glorious Surftember weather, but Three Cliffs Bay and Pobbles, regularly featured in this blog, you can see all the posts here.
I like to do a circular route around Three Cliffs Bay ending up in Pobbles Bay. The route is dependent on tide, and this time I did the high tide route which is described here. That route first of all takes you to the marvelous Pennard Castle.
Pennard Castle has a fantastic view of Three Cliffs Valley.
This is a commonly photographed view, but on this glorious Surftember day, if you look closely you can see two SUP riders paddling down the river to the Sea. It looks idyllic, you can see them in a few more of these photos as they progress down the river. Here they are again.
And here is Molly in the sand as we walked around the headland.
You get a fantastic vantage point to see the Three Cliffs themselves from this path.
Once around the Three Cliffs headland we dropped into Pobbles Bay to let Molly have a run on the beach and a dip in the Sea.
It is not just me and Molly enjoying this late summer sun. We saw this little lizard as we walked up from Pobbles. He appears to be regenerating a new tail!
This warm weather looks set to continue well into the month, and I am still calling it Surftember as there is another picture perfect swell predicted for the coming weekend (19/09/14). So get your surfboard, SUP or just your walking boots and get out there, DimExcuses.
You can see all these pictures and a few more in the gallery below.