Having lived in a seaside town for 34 of my 37 years, you'd think I'd know by now to check tide times before setting off for one 20 miles away? Most of the time it's fine because while the tidal range in this part of the Bristol Channel is huge (14 metres, second only to Nova Scotia), most of the beaches are long and shallow which leave plenty of area to play on. Not Southerndown though, when the tide is in, it's bye-bye beach.
We went for a wander in the nearby Dunraven Gardens and castle ruins instead, it's quite amazing to think people were living here during the Second World War, when it was used as a military hospital. Dunraven Castle was later sold in the 1960s and eventually demolished. I'm pretty sure that if the National Trust had been approached they'd have rescued it, because all that remains in 2014 is the walled gardens and one, giant, stone windowframe with a smattering of stone steps nearby. A real tragedy to have lost this from our heritage.
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