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Britain's Best Rockpool?
Living on the Gower Peninsula we are absolutely spoilt for choice on beaches, both within walking distance and slightly further afield. With Daddy back from his travels for a few days, and the sun finally out, we've made the most of the weekend and had a few beach based adventures!
Gower being on the Bristol Channel (with the second highest tidal range in the world) means that the tides are a consideration for quite a few of our favourite walks. Having checked the tide tables we headed out to what's been voted 'Britain's best Rock pool!' - Blue Pool, hidden between the huge beach at Rhosilli and Broughton Bay.
Setting off with the baby rucksack we were slightly early and our route around the bottom of the cliffs wasn't quite yet passable, so we had a good explore of some of the smaller bays and smaller rock pools, and got the tiny pocket kite out for a bit more entertainment!
The tide was finally out enough for us to make it round to Blue Pool (the other route is a scramble down from the cliff top - something we'd decided wouldn't be particularly do-able with Jemima excited in her rucksack!) and it was definitely worth the wait! It's a perfect spherical pool - around 4m wide and 4 m deep - with overhanging rocks at perfect heights to jump in from!
Jemima decided that she didn't fancy a swim, so had fun playing with barnacles whilst we took it in turns to leap in - gorgeously refreshing especially as we were the only people there that day without wetsuits on!!
We only had about 1 hr at the pool before the tides meant we had to turn around and head back, but stopping again for some sandcastle construction, kite flying, and a wave at a passing helicopter! Home to check the tide tables for another adventure the next day....