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Beach:Porthcawl - Sker Beach and Pink Bay

Beach, free entry


Pink Bay is something of a hidden Porthcawl gem; very popular with local walkers, wildlife enthusiasts and surfers. It has a steep pebble bank leading down to the golden sands. The rocks at the top of the beach have a unique pink marbling effect in a certain light, hence the name Pink Bay. This beach is accessible via a 15 minute walk from Rest Bay along a boardwalk adjacent to the Royal Porthcawl Golf Club; it is a rural beach and as such has no toilets or other amenities. A monument to the crew of the Mumbles Lifeboat and the SS Samtampa – a 7,000 ton wrecked steamship - is visible at low tide on nearby Sker point.

Sker Beach is the most westerly of Porthcawl's beaches and is only accessible by walking from Rest Bay or the Kenfig National Nature Reserve. Generally sandy and flat, it is mostly used by locals, making it one of the quieter beaches in Porthcawl. Like Pink Bay beach, it is classed as rural and as such has no toilets or other amenities.

Dogs are allowed on both beaches all year round.

Dogs accepted

Open all the time


Free entry


Information Centre


CF36 3RT


Plan route to Porthcawl - Sker Beach and Pink Bay using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SS 794788  Lat: 51.49592 Long: -3.73810

Sker Beach is a 20 minute walk from Rest Bay. Leave the M4 at Junction 37 and follow signs for Porthcawl town centre. At a roundabout after 3 miles, take 3rd exit (right) onto Newton Nottage Rd, which soon becomes Fulmar Rd, following signs for Rest Bay & Nottage. Follow this for 0.75 mile; Fulmar Rd does a sharp left and becomes Mallard Way West. After 200m, turn sharp right and after about 500m, there's a car park by the Rest Bay lifeguard station.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 9 miles from Bridgend station


  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted