Diamond Valley

Bray Seafront
The magical Bray Esplanade stretches a full mile from Bray Harbour with its colonies of sailing boats and swans to the majestic hill of granite rock known as Bray Head.

Bray Seafront

At any time of the year the seaside promenade attracts walkers, joggers and family groups enjoying the scenery and the good clean air. However, during the summer months, the Bray Seafront comes into its own, a riot of colour, buzz and fun as it reverts to its role of Victorian seaside holiday destination.

Bray rock, candy floss, whipped icecream, fish and chips, just don't try them all together before tackling the bungee jump, soaring above the crowds in a Ferris Wheel or taking on your friends in a bumper car.

Summer nights come with free outdoor concerts and fireworks displays, or experience what the bars and clubs of Bray's own seaside 'strip' have to offer.

Diamond Valley dwellers can just grab a 185 bus to the DART station and from there stroll down to the seaside fun. And the water is always warm...even on New Year's Day we hear, when the famous Bray Swim sorts out the real Brays from the donkeys!

New Year's Day Bray 2011, Charity Swim

The Swans of Bray
The colony of Mute Swans at Bray harbour totals about 170 birds (and growing). Well past the magic number of 100 birds which attracts the designation of ‘national importance’ these majestic Bray natives feed on vegetation along the River Dargle but also are accustomed to being hand-fed with bread by their human neighbours.

Feeding the swans at Bray harbour is a local past-time and the taming of the birds has made it easier for ornithologists to ring and study them.  Some of the birds have moved to North Wales, NW England and the Isle of Man, with at least one intrepid traveller known to have returned to Bray after his voyages abroad.

In the mid 1990’s the installation of a new Sewage Treatment plant at Bray, resulted in much improved water quality in the River Dargle and from then on the swan population grew and grew.

So if you want to feed the swans, head down to Bray Harbour where the river Dargle meets the sea. Diamond Valley dwellers can grab a 185 bus from outside the gate to Bray Dart Station and it's just a short walk beyond that.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Swans at Bray Harbour

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