Exploring Rock Pools at Rest Bay, Porthcawl

Last week I shared a post called 50 things to do before you’re 11 3/4. Over the summer holidays, our girls and I will be trying to do as many of these as we can.

Before we started, we were able to tick a number of the activities off that we’d already done. Once we’d done this, we had a look at what was left. The girls decided that they’d like to explore rock pools, so that’s exactly what we did the weekend before last.

My husband and I were weighing up where was best to go and we decided on Rest Bay. We usually go to Trecco Bay when we go to the beach so Rest Bay was a nice change. I don’t think I’ve ever been there before, but I have to say it’s now my new favourite beach!

There are no rides, souvenir shops or bouncy castles in sight! Perfect! Just a beach with a lifeguard station and a small cafe selling ice cream and pasties!

After we parked the car which was just £2.80 for the day, we headed down to the beach. There’s a toilet block on the way which is good to know!

The day before, we purchased two big nets from our local Spar shop for just £1.99. I was a bit concerned that they’d be too big, but turns out they were perfect!

R and M loved exploring the rock pools. They found lots of snails and fish of all different types and sizes. Both girls were very excited when they managed to catch a fish each with their nets all by themselves!

Sadly we didn’t managed to catch a crab, which is also an activity on the National Trusts list, but we’ll save this for another day!

After exploring the rock pools, R and M, had fun writing their names in the sand, building sandcastles and playing in the sea which was surprisingly warm!

One thing to bear in mind when visiting Rest Bay is to go early! We arrived around 9.30am which was perfect, but some people arrived around 1.30pm and most of the beach had disappeared under the sea as high tide was at 2pm!

Before we headed back to the car, we wandered along the cliff top and the views were amazing!

We had such a wonderful day down Rest Bay, and I genuinely can’t wait to go back again! I wonder what activity we’ll do next!

18 thoughts on “Exploring Rock Pools at Rest Bay, Porthcawl

  1. We LOVE rock pooling. We’re fortunate here on the Yorkshire coast that many bays have rock pools. Scarborough’s north bay at low tide exposing to fantastic pools. For me, there is nothing better than that sea air on a summers day with the salty water washing over my feet. The pools you visited look pretty great!

  2. What an amazing day out! You can’t not head to the beach when the weather has been as glorious as it has been. My closest are Southport and Formby; must make the effort to get there if the weather continues to hold up!

  3. It looks beautiful – beaches are all well and good with activities but sometimes a beach with nothing on it so you have to make your own entertainment, are just beautiful. What more do you need – lovely sand and sea. That should be enough x #ThatFridayLinky

  4. That looks like a wonderful day out at the beach. Such a beautiful setting too! My favourite beaches are the ones that are away from the souvenir shops and all the crowds. I love rock pooling and looking forward to doing this with the kids when they’re a bit older. #thatfridaylinky

  5. Wow! I love the beach!!! I went when I was a kid and I’ve been trying to get back ever since.

    I would love for my kids to have the chance to experience a beach like this. We live dead smack in the middle of the US and we have one manmade beach on a lake. This is not the same!

    Thanks for sharing! #ThatFridayLinky

  6. Okay, I’m now inspired. I feel an urge to go to the beach, but knowing the UK beaches are normally cold and windy, especially up in Yorkshire, I wasn’t sure it would be worth it. But this sort of activity is exactly the perfect family activity to do at the beach.

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