Geo-Trips :: Porth Einon Bay and the Salt House

Porth Einon bay

A walk from Porth Einon, Thu, 11 Nov 2021 by Rudi Winter

A short walk on the beach in relatively low light conditions. Starting from the beach car park, we first turned southwest along the rocky coast section towards the Youth Hostel in the former lifeboat station and then to the remnants of a mediaeval salt house, where sea salt was evaporated on coal fires. After some exploration of the rocky coast, we returned to the car park only to overshoot onto the sandy part of the beach, with the largely exposed Porth Einon bay stretching out before us. We followed the water's edge to Horton, where a small stream forms interesting patterns as it reaches the sandy beach. Finally, a short walk along the access tracks to the various camp sites takes us back to the car.

On the map below, the grey line is the GPS track from this trip. Click the blue circles to see a photograph taken from that spot and read further information about the location. The blue lines indicate the direction of view. There is also a slideshow of this trip. ( )

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SS4685 : Porth Einon beach by Rudi Winter
Porth Einon beach
To the west/south of the slipway, the beach turns from sandy to rocky. Above the... more

SS4685 : Porth Einon Bay by Rudi Winter
Porth Einon Bay
Looking across Porth Einon Bay towards the neighbouring village of Horton. Both... more

SS4685 : Bristol Channel south of Porth Einon by Rudi Winter
Bristol Channel south of Porth Einon
At low tide, near the transition zone from sandy to rocky beach southwest of Porth Einon.

SS4684 : Vegetated rocks, Porth Einon beach by Rudi Winter
Vegetated rocks, Porth Einon beach
In the transition zone between sandy and rocky beach sectors, slabs of bedrock... more

SS4785 : Porth Einon Bay by Rudi Winter
Porth Einon Bay
Looking towards Horton across the outer parts of the beach at low tide.

SS4684 : Rocky beach at Porth Einon by Rudi Winter
Rocky beach at Porth Einon
Rocky outcrops of different colours dominate the beach to the southwest of Porth Einon.

SS4684 : Cottage on the beach, Porth Einon by Rudi Winter
Cottage on the beach, Porth Einon
The building stands quite exposed on the rocky beach southwest of Porth Einon.... more

SS4684 : Youth Hostel, Porth Einon by Rudi Winter
Youth Hostel, Porth Einon
Formerly the lifeboat station.

SS4684 : Path past the youth hostel, Porth Einon by Rudi Winter
Path past the youth hostel, Porth Einon
The path leads up from the beach and around the youth hostel towards the camp and... more

SS4684 : The Salt House, Porth Einon by Rudi Winter
The Salt House, Porth Einon
Remnants of a salt house, where seawater was evaporated in pans heated by coal... more

SS4684 : Salt water basin, The Salt House, Porth Einon by Rudi Winter
Salt water basin, The Salt House, Porth Einon
Below the boiler house is a saltwater basin, where sea water would get trapped... more

SS4684 : Saltwater basin, The Salt House, Porth Einon by Rudi Winter
Saltwater basin, The Salt House, Porth Einon
Below the boiler house is a saltwater basin, where sea water would get trapped... more

SS4684 : Boiler house, The Salt House, Porth Einon by Rudi Winter
Boiler house, The Salt House, Porth Einon
There were several coal-fired furnaces in the boiler house. Salt water was pumped... more

SS4684 : Boiler house, The Salt House, Porth Einon by Rudi Winter
Boiler house, The Salt House, Porth Einon
There were several coal-fired furnaces in the boiler house. Salt water was pumped... more

SS4784 : Porth Einon Point by Rudi Winter
Porth Einon Point
The rocky strip is the southwestern end of Porth Einon Bay. The view crosses the... more

SS4684 : Foreshore south of Porth Einon by Rudi Winter
Foreshore south of Porth Einon
Narrow strips of hard rock stand between eroded platforms and small tidal pools.

SS4684 : Rock pools near Porth Einon by Rudi Winter
Rock pools near Porth Einon
Narrow strips of hard rock stand between eroded platforms and small tidal pools.

SS4684 : Intertidal vegetation, Porth Einon by Rudi Winter
Intertidal vegetation, Porth Einon
A thin cover of some sort of algae on rocks of the exposed foreshore south of Porth Einon.

SS4684 : Foreshore south of Porth Einon by Rudi Winter
Foreshore south of Porth Einon
Narrow strips of hard rock stand between eroded platforms and small tidal pools.

SS4684 : Intertidal vegetation, Porth Einon by Rudi Winter
Intertidal vegetation, Porth Einon
Large conglomerate rock covered in yellow lichen. In addition, small almost... more

SS4684 : Caravan park, Porth Einon by Rudi Winter
Caravan park, Porth Einon
The path from the foreshore enters the caravan park through this kissing gate.... more

SS4685 : Path through dunes, Porth Einon by Rudi Winter
Path through dunes, Porth Einon
The path leads from the caravan park to the beach through a narrow strip of sand... more

SS4685 : Buoy on the beach, Porth Einon by Rudi Winter
Buoy on the beach, Porth Einon
One of the small white buoys often used to mark the location of a lobster pot or... more

SS4685 : Porth Einon beach at low tide by Rudi Winter
Porth Einon beach at low tide
The different patterns of the sand and the algae reveal the flow patterns of... more

SS4785 : Beach and dunes at Porth Einon by Rudi Winter
Beach and dunes at Porth Einon
A narrow strip of dunes marks the boundary of the beach between Porth Einon and Horton.

SS4785 : Porth Einon beach by Rudi Winter
Porth Einon beach
Walking towards Horton at the eastern end.

SS4785 : Stream on the beach, Horton by Rudi Winter
Stream on the beach, Horton
A small stream flows onto the beach at Horton.

SS4785 : Stream on the beach, Horton by Rudi Winter
Stream on the beach, Horton
The little stream has breached the dunes and flows onto the beach. It provides a... more

SS4785 : Village road, Horton by Rudi Winter
Village road, Horton
The road leads out of the centre of the village (ahead in this view) towards the... more

SS4785 : Track from Horton to Porth Einon by Rudi Winter
Track from Horton to Porth Einon
The track gives access to a number of caravan parks and camp sites. To the left... more

SS4685 : The Ship Inn, Porth Einon by Rudi Winter
The Ship Inn, Porth Einon
Gastropub in the middle of the village.

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