There is a seasonal tipping point when the seawater shifts to a steady increase in temperature. The sea has a high thermal inertia, it reacts to changes in temperature slowly. The winter surfers, and us spring surfers try to hurry it along, discarding gloves and longing for summer suits and no boots. Finally that day has come. The sun came out for great June day but the air is still unseasonably cool. I headed for a small and windy Rhossili Bay hoping the headland might shield me from this cheaky wind that was making conditions messy. It was much better than it looked with the messy conditions making some interesting peaky waves. But the great thing was that I was comfortable in my summer suit and no boots. This strange June had another trick up its selve. Literally swarms of large barrel jellyfish have been washing up on the beach, I saw five just walking in, and much to the worry of my now bare feet they are still floating in the shallows. They apparently (hopefully) don’t have much sting dead. They are more of a psychological worry than an actual risk, so embrace this tipping point into warm waters and get in, DimExcuses.
My blog has been very Wales, but not wild enough or west enough. I hope to make up for that with one of the wildest West Wales beaches you can visit, Newgale Bay in Pembrokeshire. Driving from Haverfordwest you soon seen the spectacular cliffs surrounding the bay and then the massive pebble storm beach that acts as a wall between the beach and the land. The bay then moves into a flat valley when there is Newgale Campsite, Newsurf shop, Sands Cafe and the Duke of Edinburgh Pub. Click on the names to go to their websites.
It is a beautiful beach. You can walk along the pebbles of the storm beach or along the wide beach itself. Watch out though the sea can come right up to the pebbles.
It can be quite windy too, as I said Wild West Wales! But if that wind is offshore it can create some really spectacular waves. Newgale is also a great base to explore Pembrokeshire. St. Davids, UK’s smallest city because it has a cathedral, is just a few miles drive (or ride on the Puffin Bus) away. Here are the Puffin Shuttle timetables. There are loads of other bays to discover like Caerfai Bay below, but that is a different blog. Go visit and explore, DimExcuses.
Newgale is very exposed to the sea and this means there is always some surf. It is an ideal place for the learning surfer (Newsurf offers a range of lessons) and the experienced wave rider. This surf was a bit small on the end of May Bank Holiday but on the first Bank Holiday it was a real fun size and the sun came out. We took a load of photos and I have edited them into this short film. The music is by Welsh musician Gavin Butler from the acoustic album ‘Ghosts and Echoes’ with Neil Starr.