Great Outdoors Thursday, June 15th

Going Coastal: The Best Beaches Near Herefordshire

Great Outdoors Thursday, June 15th

Going Coastal: The Best Beaches Near Herefordshire

Barry Island! Aber! Weston Super Mare! Living in landlocked Herefordshire doesn't mean never getting sand in your cracks and crabs in your sandwich. There are beautiful beaches within a few hours' drive and/or train ride from the 'Shire.

Here are our favourites.


Barry Island, Glamorgan

70 miles from Hereford

1h 45m by car | 1h 55m by train

At the southern tip of Wales, 10 miles along the coast from Cardiff, you'll find Gavin and Stacey Barry Island. Barry's Whitmore Bay is all about the golden sand, fairground rides, amusement arcades, beach cafes and day tripping tourists.



Porthcawl, Glamorgan

81 miles from Hereford

1h 41m by car | 2h 14m by train

There are half a dozen beaches in and around Porthcawl, some more rock than sand. Trecco Bay is the biggest; windswept and wide, close to the huge holiday park. There's also Coney Bay, Sandy Bay and Rest Bay. Each one utterly beautiful.


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Oxwich Bay, The Gower

89 miles from Hereford

2h 34min by car | don't even try it by train

Sea, surf, dunes, and salt marshes on this picturesque point along the Gower Peninsula. Dog-friendly all year round. Has been named one of the 'Great British Coastal Walks' by the Telegraph.



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Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset

77 miles from Hereford

1h 47m by car | 2h 10m by train

Cliched criticism aside Weston is probably one of the UK's oldest beach resorts. It gets a rough ride reputationally, but there's the Grand Pier, a SeaQuarium (we can only assume that's also on your 100 Things to Do Before You Die list), plus the second highest tidal rise in the world. It's the tide that means you're often in for a looooong, loooong (often muddy) walk to the water's edge.


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The Mumbles, near Swansea

78 miles from Hereford

2h 9m by car | 3h 6m by train

Small and sheltered, this "gateway to the Gower Peninsula" is ideal if you're after crabbing in rock pools and/or surfing. Also, cute name.


Borth, Ceredigion

83 miles from Hereford

2h 14m by car | 2h 40m by train

Sand and shingle at this mid-Wales bay that boasts relatively shallow waters. At low tide you can see an ancient submerged forest along the beach. Check these Ceredigion tide tables for the best times to visit. 


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80 miles from Hereford

2h 10m by car | 2h 54m by train

Aberystwyth's North Beach has a mile-long promenade. Quieter is South Beach, sandwiched between the town’s castle and the harbour breakwater. Either way, you're in Aber so you know all is well with world.



Llangennith, The Gower

90 miles from Hereford

2h 30m by car 

Dog-friendly, family-friendly and very surfer-friendly. So friendly, in fact, that Llangennith beach is routinely cited as one of the top 10 surfing sites in the UK.



Port Eynon, The Gower

92 miles from Hereford

2hrs 32m by car 

A remote beach in the little village of Port Eynon - "safe, sandy and award winning". There are two decent pubs nearby too.


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