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 Explore the Gower Peninsula

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Gower or the Gower peninsula (Welsh: Gwyr or Penrhyn Gŵyr) projects westwards into the Bristol Channel and is bounded by the Loughor Estuary to the north and Swansea Bay to the east. It was designated as the United Kingdom’s first area of outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in 1956. This long standing AONB status means that its splendid scenery has been protected from over development and commercialisation. The peninsula’s interior consists mainly of farmland, common land and wooded valleys; the southern coast consists of a series of small, rocky or sandy bays, such as Langland, Caswell and Three Cliffs, and larger beaches such as Port Eynon and Oxwich Bay; the west coast is dominated by long expanses of sand found at Rhossilli bay, Broughton bay and Whitford sands; and the north coast estuary provides an extensive salt marsh and is home to the cockle-beds of Penclawdd.The Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) includes all of the peninsula west of Crofty, Three Crosses, Upper Killay, Blackpill and Bishopston. The population resides mainly in villages and small communities, though suburban development has made a number of communities in eastern Gower part of the Swansea Urban Area.

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The Gower peninsula is ideal for the classic British beach holiday as it provides a wide variety of beaches, bays and coves in a relatively short distance alomg the southern and western coastline.

Some of the popular beaches have life guard patrols and dog walking restrictions during the spring and summer time. The area is very popular with surfers and there are a number of surfing schools catering to all age groups and abilities.

Hill House (Gower Self Catering Holiday Cottage) is within easy reach of all of Gowers attractions. Driving distances and times to reach the bays, beaches and coves are given in the details listed below. Visit our website .


Bracelet Bay  – SA3 4JT

Award-winning beach offering a range of activities for all the family. Sandy cove with pebbles and rock pools. Close to coastal path to Langland.

  • 13 miles (29 minutes) from Hill House Holiday cottage
  • Pay and Display beach side car parking
  • Refreshment and public toilet facilities
  • Seasonal dog walking restrictions – 1st May to 30th September

Limeslade – SA3 4JW

A small bay surrounded by cliffs with a pebble and sandy cove. Access by steps. Close to the car park and facilities at Bracelet Bay.

  • 13 miles (29 minutes) from Hill House Holiday cottage
  • Seasonal dog walking restrictions – 1st May to 30th September
  • Green Coast Award
  • Rural Coast Award

Rotherslade – SA3 4QA

A small sandy bay adjacent to the much larger Langland bay. On cost path from Limeslade.

  • 12 miles from Hill House (26 minutes by car).
  • Seasonal dog walking restrictions – 1st May to 30th September
  • Refreshment and toilet facilities
  • Limited on road parking / Carpark at Langland

Langland – SA3 4SQ

Langland, with it’s landmark beach huts and wide sandy beach bay, is extremely popular with families and surfers

  • 11 miles from Hill House (26 minutes by car).
  • Seasonal dog walking restrictions – 1st May to 30th September
  • Pay & display beach side car park
  • Refreshments and toilet facilities
  • Lifeguard patrol – May to September

Caswell – SA3 3BT

A small sandy bay adjacent to the much larger Langland bay. On cost path from Limeslade.

  • 10 miles from Hill House (23 minutes by car).
  • Seasonal dog walking restrictions – 1st May to 30th September
  • Pay & display beach side car park
  • Refreshments and toilet facilities
  • Lifeguard patrol – May to September

Brandy Cove

A secluded sandy cove. Only accessible via the coastal foot path. Walk along cliff top coastal path taking in the stunning scenery.

  • 10 miles from Hill House (23 minutes by car).
  • Pay & display car park at Caswell
  • Refreshments and toilet facilities at Caswell
  • 15 minutes on foot from Caswell
  • Access for dogs is affected by seasonal dog walking restrictions at Caswell Bay

Pwll Du

A large sandy secluded beach backed by a high bank of Pebbles. Accessible via the coastal path from Caswell and Southgate or via the Bishopston valley footpath from Kittle.

  • National Trust car park at Southgate – SA3 2DH
  • Pay & display car park at Caswell
  • Refreshments and toilet facilities at Caswell
  • 30 minutes walk from Southgate or Caswell
  • Access for dogs is affected by seasonal dog walking restrictions at Caswell Bay

Pobbles

A popular small sandy cove accessible via cost path and footpaths/bridal ways from Pennard. Also accessible from Three Cliffs bay at low water

  • 7 miles from Hill House to Southgate (18 minutes)
  • National Trust car park at Southgate – SA3 2DH
  • Some refreshments facilities at Southgate
  • 15 minutes walk from Southgate via cost path

Three Cliffs Bay

One of the most picturesque bays in Gower. Voted Britain’s Best Beach by the BBC Holiday Squad in 2006. Runner-up in ITV’s Britain’s favourite View.

  • 5 miles to Parkmill from Hill House (12 minutes)
  • Car parking and refreshments at Parkmill SA3 2EH
  • Lifeguard patrol – July to September
  • Lifeguard patrol  @ weekends from Easter to the end of June
  • Beware – Strong currents – only swim with lifeguard patrol
  • Also accessible from Pobbles and Tor Bay.

Tor Bay

A small sheltered sandy bay accessible via coast path. Also accessible from Three Cliffs bay and Crawley Woods at low tide,

  • 4 miles to Penmaenl from Hill House (10 minutes)
  • Limited of road parking at Penmaen – SA3 2DH
  • Access via footpath and coast path from Penmaen o Nicolstone.

Crawley Woods

Wide sandy beach, backed by sand dunes, accessible by coast path from Nicholstone. Also accessible from Tor Bay and Oxwich at low tide.

  • 3.5 miles to Nicholstone from Hill House (9 minutes)
  • Limited off road parking at Nicholstone – SA3 2HL
  • Accessible via Nicholstone burrows footpath.

Oxwich – SA3 1LS

Wide sandy beach popular spot for swimming and water sports including diving, sailing, water skiing and windsurfing.

  • 7 miles from Hill House (15 minutes)
  • Privately owned beachside car park – Daily ticket
  • Beachside refreshments and toilet facilities
  • Facilities for launching boats and jet skies.
  • Dogs allowed on the beach all year

Slade

Small secluded sandy cove. Only accessible by footpath from Slade or coast path from Oxwich or Horton.

  • 8 miles from Hill House (20 minutes)
  • Limited off road parking at Slade – SA3 1NA
  • A 10-minute walk from Slade
  • Difficult decent onto beach over rough terrain
  • Dogs allowed on the beach all year

Horton

Spacious and safe for family fun.

  • 8 miles from Hill House (14 minutes)
  • Pay & display beachside car park
  • Refreshments and toilet facilities
  • Lifeguard patrol – May to September
  • Dogs allowed on the beach to the east of the coastguard station

Port Eynon

Safe and sandy with rock pools to explore at low tide. Voted Britain’s best beach in 2011.

  • 8 miles from Hill House (14 minutes)
  • Pay & display beachside car park
  • Refreshments and toilet facilities
  • Lifeguard patrol – May to September
  • Dogs allowed on the beach to the west of the coastguard station

Mewslade

Remote secluded cove not accessible at high tide.

  • Car park in a field at Pitton – SA3 1PH
  • 20-minute walk along valley footpath
  • Difficult decent onto beach over rough terrain
  • Dogs allowed on the beach all year
  • Also accessible via coast footpath

Fall Bay

Superb remote secluded cove not accessible at high tide.

  • National Trust car park at Rhossili – SA3 1PP
  • 20-minute walk along footpaths and bridal way
  • Very difficult decent onto beach over rough terrain
  • Dogs allowed on the beach all year
  • Also accessible via coast footpath

Rhossili – SA3 1PP

This 3-mile long bay is consistently voted as Britain’s Best Beach & it’s Europe’s top three. Popular with day-trippers walking along the headland to view Worms Head.

  • 10 miles from Hill house (22 minutes by car)
  • National Trust car park overlooking Worms Head
  • Footpath defending onto beach via several flights of steps
  • Dogs allowed on the beach all year
  • Hang gliding and parascending from Rhossilli down

Llangennith – SA3 1JD

The western end of Rhossili Bay is known as Llangennith beach. It’s more easily accessible than from Rhossili and its popular with families and surfers.

  • 6 miles from Hill house (14 minutes by car)
  • Car park at Hillend Campsite – Daily ticket.
  • Refreshments and toilet facilities
  • Dogs allowed on the beach all year
  • Boardwalk from carpark through sandiness onto the beach

Blue Pool

A remote cove that is covered at high tide that fills a natural plunge pool formation in the rocks. Access via coast path from Llangenneth or Broughton Bay.

  • 6 miles from Hill house (14 minutes by car)
  • Car park at Broughton Bay caravan park (Daily ticket) – SA3 iJP
  • Access via cost path or from Broughton bay at low water
  • Dogs allowed on the beach all year

Broughton Bay

A large, remote and picturesque sandy bay near at the Western tip of Gower.

  • 5 miles from Hill House (14 minutes)
  • Car park at Llanmadoc caravan park (Daily ticket) – SA3 1DE
  • Also accessible from Broughton Caravan Park
  • Beware of strong currents when bathing.
  • Dogs allowed on the beach all year

Whitford Sands

Wild expanse of sand and dunes with a nature reserve in pine woods.

  • 5 miles from Hill House (14 minutes)
  • Car park in a field at Cwm Ivy – SA3 1DB
  • Also accessible from Broughton Bay
  • Beware of strong currents when bathing.
  • Dogs allowed on the beach all year

Gower Beach Guide

Dont forget to install the Gower Beach Guide App in your smartphone before visiting the Gower peninsuila.

  • Available for iPhone  and Android smartphone.
  • Details over thirty unique locations
  • Road and footpath directions
  • Car parking, refreshment and toilet facilities
  • Tide table and lifeguard patrols
  • Duration of dog walking restrictions
  • …. and much more

Hill House, Llanrhidian,

Swansea, Gower, SA3 1ER.

Telephone :-  01792 391333
email :-  stay@hillhousellanrhidian.co.uk
website :-  www.hillhousellanrhuidian.co.uk