The Gower Beach Guide smartphone App provides a comprehensive guide to the many bays, beaches, and coves along the peninsula’s coastline. It provides a detailed description of each location, it incorporates road directions from any UK postcode, indicates if there are car parking, refreshment or toilet facilities, provides tide tables, information on dog walking restrictions, and much more.
We run Hill House, a Gower self-catering holiday cottage, and I developed the App to help visitors find their way around the numerous bays, beaches, and coves along the Gower peninsula coastline. The inspiration for the App came from the many guests, staying at Hill House, that asked us to recommend to them the best beach that suited their individual needs. Because we were born, bred, and live in the Gower peninsula we have extensive knowledge of the area. We have incorporated much of our local knowledge into the Gower Beach Guide App and we hope that it will be of use to you when visiting the Gower Peninsula. In addition to holidaymakers, the Gower Beach Guide App will also be particularly useful to anyone walking the Swansea and Gower section of the Wales Coast Path.
The App is available for both iPhone and Android phones. It’s a totally free App and there are no annoying advertisements or in-App purchases.
Gower Beach Guide App – Key points and Screenshots.
We have provided links, in the menu bar and the following section, that will take you to the App’s page in Apple’s App Store and Google Play. So just click on the icons (Android or Apple), the App Store logos or scan the QRCode.
The Gower Peninsula
The Gower Peninsula (Welsh: Penrhyn Gŵyr) is located on the south coast of Wales.
The peninsula projects westward from Swansea into the Bristol Channel and is bounded by the Loughor Estuary to the north and Swansea Bay to the east.
Gower was designated as the United Kingdom’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in 1956. This longstanding status has resulted in the protection of its splendid scenery from over development and commercialisation.
Swansea Bay faces east and on is southern tip lies Mumbles head. All of the other beaches, bays and coves are found along the peninsula’s southern and western coastline. This runs for about twenty miles between Mumbles head and Whitford lighthouse. Swansea, Oxwich, Port Eynon, Rhossili, Broughton and Whitford bays have long expanses of sand between 1 and 5 miles in length.
The northern end of Rhossili Bay is known as Llangennith beach and Broughton Bay is sometimes called Llanmadoc beach. The beach at the eastern end of Port Eynon bay is known as Hortom. All of these take their names from the nearest coastal villages. Oxwitch bay is home to five separately identified beaches. From east to west, they are Pobbles, Three Cliffs, Tor Bay, Nicholstone burrows and Oxwich itself.
With such a diverse choice the Gower peninsula is therefore ideal for the classic British beach holiday.
During the spring and summer, some of the popular beaches have lifeguard patrols and dog walking restrictions.
Oxwich, Port Eynon, Horton and some of the more popular, easily accessible beaches between Mumbles and Caswell, have beachside car parks. A few of these also have refreshment facilities, toilets and disabled access.
At Rhossili, Llangennith and Llanmadoc there are organised car parking facilities but they are at some distance from the beach. In each case, a walk of a few hundred yards is required. At Rhossili this is via a well kept but steep cliff path. At Llangennith and Llanmadoc the footpath runs through the sand dunes.
Swansea Bay has numerous access point and visitor attractions along its 5-mile promenade.
The most popular are, The Slip at Victoria Park, Brynmill, Skettty Lane, Blackpill, West Cross, Oystermouth, Southend and Mumbles. Visit our Swansea page to read a more detailed account of these areas.
Between Mumbles and Southgate there are a number of smaller bays. Bracelet Bay, Rotherslade, Langland and Caswell are small beaches. Brandy Cove and Pwll Du’s small sandy beach. characterised by a large bank of pebbles, are remote and isolate. Similar small rocky coves are found at Slade, between Oxwich Point and Horton and Fall Bay and Mewslade to the south of Worm’s Head at Rhossili.
So, visit our Gower page to read a more detailed account of these locations.
Between Southgate and Oxwich there are a number of remote beaches. To reach these locations you will face a walk of half a mile or so from the car park. There are organised car parks at Southgate and Parkmill and a limited number of on-road and off-road parking spots at Penmaen and Nicholstone. The approach to these remote beaches is via public footpaths and cliff top decent that can involve rough and difficult terrain. In some cases a number of the beaches are contiguous and you can walk, at low tide, from one to another.
Finally, Blue Pool is a small sandy beach located between Llangennith and Broughton Bay. It takes its name from a tidal rock pool that’s used as a plunge pool.
Furthermore, all of the bays, beaches and coves can be visited via the Swansea and Gower section of the Wales Coast Footpath.
All of the bays, beaches and coves are well worth a visit. If you only have limited time you will not be able to visit them all. So, be guided by the local knowledge that is integrated into the Gower Beach Guide App when looking for a beach that is best suited to your needs.
Self Catering Holiday Cottage
Llanrhidian, Swansea, SA3 1ER
- Large detached family home
- Sleeps nine in four bedrooms
- All utility charges included
- Bed linen and towels provided
- Beds made up on changeover day
- family bathroom and shower room
- Wi-Fi with unlimited broadband
- Cot, high chair, stair gate available
- Pets welcome by prior arrangement
- Tranquil rural location
- Extensive gardens and estuary views
- Off road parking for several cars
- Visit Wales three star grading
- No smoking or vaping