The gorgeous sandy Blue Flag beach a few hours from Birmingham that’s great for surfing


There’s a vast, sandy Blue Flag beach within easy reach of Birmingham that’s ideal for active families who love surfing and biking. Trecco Bay has been listed on the Keep Wales Tidy Blue Flag list for 2022.

It is the 14th consecutive year that the bay has made it onto the prestigious list. Blue Flag beaches are prized for their excellent water quality and the work that is done locally to maintain the marine environment through education and beach safety.

This means that parents can rest assured that their children can enjoy the sea here. The sand is soft rather than shaley – great for little feet – and there’s a gentle slope into the sea, making it a good place to paddle. There are usually lifeguards on duty from May to September – just be sure to check for the flag.

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Trecco Bay beach sits in between the long, sweeping Newton Beach to the east and Sandy Bay to the west, known locally as Coney Beach. From Newton, there is a lovely walk across to Ogmore-by-Sea and the dunes at Merthyr Mawr. Sandy Bay is also great for families with clean water for paddling and swimming too.

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The coastal paths are ideal for young cyclists as you can ride from Trecco to neighbouring beaches and nearby towns and villages. The views are breath-taking along the way.

Trecco is the second bay along the 10-mile Wales Coastal Path so you can walk or cycle along Porthcawl’s seven bays stretching from Ogmore in the east to Sker Point in the west. Dogs are welcome during off-season between October 1 and April 30.

And, if you wanted to make a weekend or a holiday of it, the beach is just a few minutes walk from the popular Parkdean Trecco Bay Holiday Park, which offers a variety of refreshments, mini golf and a Splashland swimming pool. The complex also houses public toilets and a small car park to the rear for day trippers.

Even though the beach is close to the holiday park, it is so large that it usually remains quite quiet and peaceful. Read our review here

Trecco Bay is just four miles off the M4 motorway so it’s really easy to reach from Birmingham, just by hopping onto the M5. You could stop off for a picnic in the Cotswolds on the way. In total, it’s around a 140-mile drive, which should take just over two-and-a-half hours, traffic permitting.

The address is at Porthcawl, Bridgend, CF36 5DB. You can access the beach via the holiday park or via a short walk from Newton Beach.

Porthcawl is a lovely seaside resort set along a traditional promenade just a couple of miles down the road. You can also visit Cardiff Castle, the National Museum in Cardiff and the Aberdulais Falls near Swansea, all of which are around half an hour’s drive away.

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