South Wales, Cornwall in August

Discussion in 'Surfing' started by newlyn, Apr 15, 2019 at 1:04 PM.

  1. newlyn

    newlyn Active Member

    Jul 20, 2013
    USA Pennsylvania
    We are thinking about a family trip to the UK this August. We would spend a few days in London, maybe go to Bath, and then not really sure where we are going. Surfing would require all the stars to align, but, if I wanted to be in the right place if the stars were to align, where should I go?

    Also, any recommendations of places to go, things to do in the southern end of the UK?
  2. Planktom

    Planktom Active Member

    Dec 27, 2016
    Devon, UK
    As you probably already know, August is one of the more fickle months of the year swell-wise, but you may be lucky...

    The wind is always a key factor anywhere in the UK, but we are lucky to have lots of nooks and crannies to fins shelter. On the flipside, this means a bit of extra work and/or local knowledge.

    It's hard to generalise areas, but here's my take - north coasts of Cornwall and Devon are fairly rugged, windswept and unspoiled, interspersed with some more built up areas, Newquay, Bude etc. I live in North Devon, which is fairly well populated and certain breaks can get busy, but it's generally fairly mellow.

    Most shapers have demo models if you want to ride a decent board or you can head to somewhere like Open, like Surfore mentioned, to hire from a wider range of boards.

    Wales is fantastic in lots of ways, but you will need to strike it lucky to get decent waves in August. West Wales is worth a visit in any case, surf or not.

    Aside from surf, there is plenty of good walking, art galleries, good restaurants (South Cornwall in particular and Padstow).
  3. ChyandourSlider

    ChyandourSlider Member

    Nov 3, 2016
    West Cornwall, UK
  4. Planktom

    Planktom Active Member

    Dec 27, 2016
    Devon, UK
    The Minack Theatre is worth a look if you go to Sennen and it happens to be flat. And yes, if its flat there then you won't be surfing anywhere in the SW.
  5. russneversleeps

    russneversleeps Member

    Apr 20, 2007
    Hey Newlyn,
    All good advice but Sennen is a six hour drive and on the wrong side of the road all the way. Keep an eye on the forecast but don't hold your breath. If you're looking for history and culture we've got loads of the stuff. Bath is a couple of hours from London and
    Avebury, Silbury and Stonehenge are all on route.
    I work in London and live in Brighton on the south coast - there's almost no chance of waves near me but you're welcome to borrow a board if a miracle summer swell happens.

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