Southerndown Beach (Dunraven Bay)

Southerndown, also known as Dunraven Bay, is a predominantly sandy beach, with rocky areas exposed at high tide. It is located along the Glamorgan Heritage Coast, and is enclosed by spectacular cliffs.

The beach itself is popular for swimming, and watersports such as canoeing and surfing. It has some excellent rock pools which can be explored at low tide. The rocks here are rich in fossils, and it is one of the best beaches in the area for fossil hunters.

The beach is surrounded by open countryside. A path runs along the cliff tops towards Ogmore to the North West, offering good views out over the Bristol Channel. Care should be taken when walking here as there are no safety barriers. A short walk in the other direction leads to a castle and hill fort.

A car park, with toilets, sits above the beach, from which the shore can be accessed down a short ramp. The Glamorgan Heritage Coast Visitor Centre is located very close by, offering plenty of useful information on the locality.

Pubs can be found in the nearby village of Southerndown. Further facilities can be found in Ogmore-by-Sea, or Bridgend.

Also known as:

Dunraven Bay

Type of beach

Sand & pebble

Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs are banned from 1st May to 30th September

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  • Kayaking/canoeing
  • Swimming/bathing
  • Rock pooling
  • Surfing


  • Shop

Nearest town



CF32 0RT

OS grid ref.

SS 8848 7285

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Marine Conservation Society Recommended

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Southerndown Beach Reviews

Aug 20th 2019

Wonderful beach, I just don’t understand why the ramp ends at an ‘assault course’ of slippy rocks that you have to climb over making this inaccessible to disabled and those less nimble. I saw a young mum holding a baby slip trying to get to the ramp and my heart was in my mouth.
Other than that, very picturesque.

Jul 11th 2019

simply great just no words for the breathtaking scenary

Jul 09th 2019

I went here with my school and it was fun. There is a lovely walk and lots of rock pools for kids to go crabbing in. It was fun and it wasn’t that dangerous the dangerous parts had signs so you don’t go there.


Guy Myers
Jul 08th 2019

honestly I thought this beach was good but the rocks in it made it super dangerous I saw a 7 year old hit his head on it also the rock pool is so sad we are scaring the animlas. we should shut this beach before someone dies a

What did we get wrong?