The unspoilt, picture postcard coastline of the Gower Peninsula is like a magnet, drawing large numbers of tourists to this part of Wales each year, who enjoy not just the varied landscapes and historical landmarks, but the high quality beaches too. Among the cleanest in the UK, they have picked up Blue Flag, Rural Seaside and Green Coast Awards, and offer something for everyone.
Each location will vary in terms of facilities, so you may want to pinpoint parking, toilets, whether there are shops and cafes nearby, and the location of campsites or hostels. Some of the main beaches will have lifeguards on patrol during the summer month, and safety notices detailing any restrictions on swimming. Here are some of the popular beaches in the area, and what you can find there:
Rock Pools: Bracelet Bay and Limeslade Bay which are both quite close to each other, are great places for all the family to explore. The small sheltered cove at Limeslade has some uniquely coloured rocks, and rock pools that are exposed when the tide rolls out. There are no facilities here, but there’s access to a coastal path which runs towards Rotherslade and Langland Bay. Bracelet Bay is where you’ll find car parking, an ice cream parlour, restaurants, a coastguard station, and a large number of rock pools to explore.
Surfing and Water Sports: If you’re looking for a swell that rolls in from the Atlantic Ocean, then the so-called ‘Surfing Capital Of Gower’, is the place to go. A three mile bay, close to the Northern end of Rhossili, Llangennith Beach attracts beginner surfers who take lessons with the local surf schools, and more experienced water sports fans. Although there is no lifeguard patrol here, you will find one at Caswell Bay, along with beach shops, and in the right conditions, good surfing.
Family Friendly Beaches: What makes a family friendly beach? Normally good parking, shops and cafes, and safe swimming are on the checklist, and Oxwich Bay can provide all of these. Divers, sailors, and wind surfers also visit here. Visit during low tide, and you can also enjoy walking towards Tor Bay, Three Cliffs Bay, and Pobbles Bay. Although popular, it’s probably eclipsed by Port Enyon in terms of facilities. A lifeguard patrol in the summer, sand dune system, a variety of watersports, and nearby camping/caravan sites, help make it one of the most popular beaches in The Gower.