About Severn Estuary

East from Swansea lies the radically contrasting landscape of South Wales, where the heavily industrialised Port Talbot area provides a dystopian backdrop of steel and smoke-belching chimneys to once severely polluted beachbreaks only mildly polluted now. Further south the wave rich town of Porthcawl gives way to a heritage coast of remote smugglers' havens stretching to Llantwit. Solid W swells and E winds will get the beaches, reefs and points firing. The area rarely gets big as the shallow, super-tidal Severn Estuary mutes the swells' power, especially on dropping tides. Autumn to spring is the best bet

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