Overton Mere

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Overton Mere

Overton Mere

  • Car park – No
  • Boat Launching – No
  • Public Transport – No
  • Wheelchair access – No
  • Toilets – No
  • Shops/refreshments – No
  • Lifeguard (May-Sept) – No
  • Dogs – Allowed all year
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What’s it like?

Overton Mere is a rocky cove on the west side of Port Eynon Head. Although you won't find much sand at Overton, it’s a beautiful quiet cove where you can have great fun poking around in the rock pools. At low tide you can find some interesting bits of wreckage from one of the many ships which have fallen foul of Port Eynon Head. The largest bits of wreckage you will find are from the Wittezee, a Rotterdam registered tug which came to grief here in gale force winds on the 12th November 1940 whilst en route from Falmouth to Lamlash. On the east side of the bay, if you follow the lower cliff path you will come across Culver Hole, a mysterious walled up cave entrance thought to have once been used as a dovecote to aid winter food supplies by providing easily raided nesting for rock doves, which lay eggs throughout the year. From Overton Mere you can walk west following the coastal path all the way to Rhossili and beyond. Walking east will bring you to Port Eynon.

To get to Overton you can either park at Port Eynon (15 minute drive from Parc-Le-Breos B&B) and walk around the headland or, if you are lucky, there may be a parking space left up in Overton village (parking here is a problem and please remember that wide farm machinery uses the lanes.) From the village just follow the road straight on, keeping left of the triangular green, until you meet the gate out on to the cliff top. Immediately before the gate bear left following the footpath signs down to the cove.


Not a particularly good bay for water sports but snorkelling can be rewarding here when the tide is high.


Extensive bedrock and very little sand, lots of weed. The whole area is criss-crossed by many shallow cracks and crevices. Access to the bay is easy from the footpath at the end of Overton village - when you reach a gate blocking the road out onto the cliffs just turn left and drop down the wide grassy track which circles the bay.

Good for bass at low tide, pollock for the last hour to high water and the first hour after. Two methods and two baits work at Overton - from low tide to the hour before high water use rough ground gear and ledger with crab. Not enough depth for float fishing and the total rock seabed is only suited to soft and peeler crab. Forget long casting, just lob the bait into the surf.  Spinning for bass and pollack is worth a try an hour before and after high water.  Red gills attract the bass while any silver lure seems to attract the pollack.  No great size of fish around here but good fun on light tackle.

Visit at low tide. If the day is calm and bright, fish with crab bait on the very rough bottom for bass. When the surf is breaking, float fish in one of the many gullies. Put the bait in the back of the swell of the breaking waves and look out for big fish. Spinning will attract the mackerel and pollock, but be prepared to lose some tackle as the ground is irregular and of varying depth.


Sumpters reef sits out in the middle of Overton Mere and works best around low tide. There is an easy paddle out along the pipe in the middle of the bay. Sumpters is in quite an exposed spot but offshore winds from the north will afford some shelter. The best swell direction is from the southwest. Sumpters breaks right and can be a really excellent wave which does mean it can get busy on a good day.

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