Jacksons Bay - Barry

Jacksons Bay - Barry - Glamorgan
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Barry is the largest town in South Wales, and Barry Island is a vibrant seaside resort with a rich maritime history.  Today visitors to Barry Island will find plenty of amusements, cafes, parks and family-friendly beaches.

Jackson’s Bay is a pleasant sandy cove backed by cliffs and plenty of greenery.  The 170-meter long beach slopes gently into the sea.  A harbour wall lies to the east of the beach, at the end of which is a small lighthouse, although there is no access onto the harbour wall.  The cove faces south-east, and has views over the Bristol Channel, which has the second highest tidal range in the world. Care needs to be taken in the water because of the risk posed by submerged rocks and strong currents. Care also needs to be taken near the cliffs, which may be unstable in some areas.

The beach is used by kayakers and is popular with local families.  The soft, golden sand is just the right consistency for building sandcastles. There are public toilets immediately adjacent to the slipway leading down to the beach, but no other facilities. On the far side of the beach, a concrete path leads over the rocks to Clements Colly Walk, right next to the shore.

From Redbrink Crescent, a steep, level path leads down to the beach.  It is possible to get pushchairs down this path although care needs to be taken because of the incline. Immediately behind the cliffs backing the beach is a grassy area popular with dog walkers.  The Wales Coastal Path passes through this area.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

No dog restrictions.

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  • Kayaking/canoeing


  • Toilets

Nearest town



CF62 5TU

OS grid ref.

ST 1215 6657


Parking within 5 mins walk.

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Jacksons Bay - Barry Reviews

Sea swimming

May 11th 2021

A great accessible beautiful cove

Watch out for Mud!

Jun 04th 2021

This beach is my favourite, plenty of spots where you can be shaded and lots of rock pools for crabbing. When low tide there is a large mud patch which is very hard to wash out of swimming costumes and clothing- so that’s something to be careful of. It’s a really great beach which can get busy during hot summer days. Great place to walk a dog too. Access is via a walk from Whitmore Bay or a steep path from the road side.

Jul 06th 2020

Great little place gets really busy