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.
After months of speculation and years of trying, it is official the National Trust have bought the car park above Rhossili Bay, Gower. They have invested £3 million to acquire prime parking and access to my favourite surf beach. Read the guide to Rhossili Bay here.
To cover the cost they are putting parking up to £4 for the day, but also introduce a £2 two hour short stay charge.
But this suddenly makes becoming a National Trust member an interesting proposition. At £60 for individual membership which includes free parking, it looks like the National Trust have gone into the surf season-ticket business!
The new car park charges come in on Good Friday 2015. Bearing in mind the Trust have the car park on Pennard Cliffs too, with great access to Pobbles Bay and Three Cliffs Bay Beach Guide, I am becoming a member. Molly says it is ‘a no brainer’, DimExcuses.