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Bathing Waters

There are 8 designated bathing waters in the Shared Regulatory Services’ authority areas in the Vale of Glamorgan.


The designated bathing waters in the Vale are;


  • Penarth Beach

  • Jackson's Bay

  • Whitmore Bay

  • Watch House Bay (Barry)

  • The Knap

  • Col-Huw (Llantwit Major)

  • Dunraven Bay (Southerndown)

  • Ogmore-by-Sea


The water quality of bathing waters in Wales is overseen by Natural Resources Wales (NRW)


The bathing water season runs from the 15th May to the 30th September each year and during this time NRW will routinely sample the water at designated beaches to monitor the quality of bathing waters.


Further information on our designated beaches, including water sample results can be found here.


Information on how to get to our beaches and the facilities available there can be found here.


Information and guidance on water quality for mains and private water supplies, swimming pools, bathing waters can be found here. You can also find out about reducing the risk of illness when swimming in open waters.


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