Dogs, with the exception of guide dogs for the blind, are not allowed on some beaches. The byelaws are in operation from 1st May to 30th September inclusive every year. Any Council officer or Police Officer may require you to remove your dog from the beach. Any offenders may be liable for a fine of up to £500.
This restriction applies to the following Gower beaches for dogs;
Swansea Bay – from the river Tawe to the slip opposite Victoria Park at the site of the former St Helens Baths (former iron bridge) and from the beach access opposite Sketty Lane to the Northern edge of the slip opposite the West Cross Inn
Bracelet Bay Limeslade Bay Rotherslade Bay
Langland Bay Caswell Bay
Port Eynon beach – from the eastern edge of the steps to Port Eynon beach to the eastern edge of Horton beach access. (8)
Beaches where you can take your dog all year round include:
Mumbles Pwlldu Pobbles Three Cliffs
Tor Bay Crawley Oxwich Horton
Mewslade Rhossili Llangennith Broughton
Port Eynon (from the main steps west to the Salt House)
Caswell, Langland, Bracelet Bay and Porteynon beaches are patrolled by professional lifeguards during the weekends from the beginning of May. From June until September the lifeguards are on patrol 7 days a week.
Lifeguards will be on patrol between the red and yellow flags from 9.30am to 6.30pm every day, and are available for advice if you are unsure about tides or bathing conditions.
Anti clockwise round the peninsula starting at Swansea Bay
Covers 5 miles of sand stretching from the Maritime Quarter to Mumbles and walking distance from the City Centre. This location offers a diverse range of activities from a gentle stroll on the beach, to rollerblading and cycling etc. on the promenade which encompasses a SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) at Blackpill.
Award-winning beach offering a range of activities for all the family. The sandy cove with pebbles and rock pools is bordered by excellent refreshment facilities, car park as well as a children’s play area. Close to coastal path to Langland. Recommended in the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) Good Beach Guide.
A small bay surrounded by cliffs with a pebble and sandy cove. Access by steps. Excellent refreshment facilities as well as a children’s play area nearby. Close to car park at Bracelet Bay and coastal path to Langland. Recommended in the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) Good Beach Guide
Langland Bay and Rotherslade
Rothersladei s cut off from its neighbour at hightide, but is actually part of Langland, a superb stretch of sandy beach and extremely popular with sun and water-sports enthusiasts. Refreshment facilities are available at both beaches, with Langland and its landmark beach huts being particularly popular with families. Langland Bay is recommended in the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) Good Beach Guide.
An extremely attractive bay popular with water-sports lovers and ideal for families. A number of refreshment kiosks can be found right next to the beach. Recommended in the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) Good Beach Guide
A large sandy secluded beach backed by a high bank of Pebbles.
Owned by National Trust
Not accessible by Car.
Three Cliffs Bay (Including Pobbles and Tor Bay)
One of the most picturesque bays in Gower. It was voted Britain’s Best Beach by the BBC Holiday Squad in 2006! A spectacular view of the Three Cliffs can be enjoyed from a view point overlooking the bay on the A4118 near the village of Penmaen. The beach can be accessed from Parkmill via a walk through the woods or from the village of Southgate via a cliff path. Please note that bathing is not recommended due to strong currents. Recommended in the MCS Good Beach Guide.
Located in the pretty village of Oxwich, this beach is privately owned and is another of our more popular family beaches, Please note that dogs are accepted. Adjacent to Nature Reserve and sand dunes. Various watersports on offer. Recommended in the MCS Good Beach Guide
Port Eynon and Horton
These adjoining beaches are very imposing and offer fabulous stretches of golden sand and rock pools to explore at low tide. The Salt House is a nationally important historic site. Port Eynon Bay is recommended in the MCS Good Beach Guide. Its picturesque village offers numerous refreshment options for visitors and parking adjacent to beach areas for easy disabled access
Secluded bay, covered at high tide. Close to Worm’s Head which can be reached by following the coastal path. Owned by National Trust. Recommended in the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) Good Beach Guide.
Car Park at local farm and short walk down the valley
Hailed as the ‘British supermodel of beaches’ by ‘The Independent’ and one of the top 25 beaches in the world by ‘The Sunday Times’, this superb beach is part-owned by the National Trust. It has excellent bathing, beautiful scenery and National Trust Visitor Centre. Visitors to Rhossili can enjoy spectacular views of Worm’s Head, one of the most photographed landmarks in Wales. Recommended in the MCS Good Beach Guide. Please note that access at Rhossili is via steps, although at Llangennith, a broadwalk offers easier access to the beach.
Located on the northern end of Rhossili Bay and recognised as one of the premier surf beaches in the UK, Llangennith has acted as a nursery for rising surf stars for many years! ‘The Observer’ even listed it as the ‘best place to learn how to surf in Britain’. Facilities include a café with outside seating area and disabled access. The picturesque Llangennith village nearby has a trendy pub and surf shop
A large and picturesque sandy bay near Llanmadoc at the Western tip of Gower, partly owned by the National Trust. Please beware of strong currents when bathing
Picturesque Whitford Sands run from Llanmadoc to Whitford Point. Bathing not recommended due to strong current. The sands are managed by the National Trust.
Gower’s main attraction are its wide variety of beaches with golden sands, warmer water than other parts of the UK (Due to the effect of the Gulf Stream current) and magnificent scenery and views. There are numerous bays along the South Coast between Port Eynon and the Mumbles and depending on the traffic you can be at any one of them within 20 minutes. The closest is perhaps Oxwich which is about 10 minutes. At all of these bays you can park very close to the beach but the car parks do fill up quite quickly on the weekends. The only exception to this is the collection of beaches around Three Cliffs bay. Here you have to park the car at Park Mill and take 10 minute stroll down the valley to the beach. You can also walk to Three Cliffs from Penmaen or Southgate.
In contrast to the small bays and coves of the South coast the beaches on the West Coast (Rhossili and Broughton) offer wide expanses of sand and open water and no matter how busy you can always find a secluded spot away from the other holiday makers.
It takes about 10 minutes to reach either Llanmadoc or Llangenith.
At Llanmadoc you can park at Cwm Ivy and walk out through Whitford burrows (sand dunes and pine woods) to see the lighthouse at the point. This is one of the two remaining cast iron Victorian lighthouses in the UK (No longer in use). You can do the same walk starting from the Britania Inn and crossing the dyke to Whitford burrows.
If you want just want to get onto Broughton Bay park at Lagadranta caravan park and walk out along the footpath onto the beach.
At Llangennith the right fork takes you to the other end of Broughton Bay and the left fork takes you to Hill End. Park at the caravan site and its short walk through the sand dunes onto beach.
Rhossili bay is very popular with surfers and there are surf shops and surf schools based in Llangennith.
You can get onto the southern end of Rhossili beach from Rhossili village but it’s a steep climb down the clifs. Rhossili is about a 20 minute drive from Llanrhidianand its main attractions are the cliff walk and views of Worms Head.
If you are visiting Rhossili you can park at Middleton and walk down the valley to Mewslade bay.
Try and visit as many of the beaches as possible as they all provide something different
Check the tide table before you go and try and to make the most of the sea try and get to the beach when the tide is coming in.
The demand for self catering holiday homes in Gower is insatiable with most properties being fully booked during peak holiday times. To avoid disappointment plan your holiday well in advance by viewing the 2009 rental charges displayed in the holiday home website.
Families who are keen to reduce their carbon footprint and those who are increasingly affected by the current downturn in the economy are turning away from overseas holidays in favour of UK based holiday attractions.
Wales and the Gower peninsula in particular provide an ideal location for family holidays.
The peninsula is about 14 miles long by 7 miles wide and the golden sands and rugged cliffs of the south and west coast give way to the expansive salt mashes along the north coast. The interior contains lush valleys and wild exposed moorland and the diversity of habitats attracts abundant wildlife. Gower was designated as the UK’s first area of outstanding natural beauty (ANOB) in 1956 and its diverse landscape has lead to its being referred to as “Wales in miniature”.
The numerous megalithic tombs, Iron Age hill forts and other significant archaeological sites scattered across the peninsula demonstrate that Gower was first settled in the prehistoric period. The remains of one of the earliest orders of modern man, dating back to 24,000BC, were found in Goat’s Hole cave in Paviland on the south coast. Almost every village and hamlet on the Peninsula has its own church dating back to the Norman period and this influence coupled with the influx of immigrants from Cornwall during the industrial revolution has lead to Gower’s indigenous population being primarily English speaking. This has lead to it also being referred to as “Little England beyond Wales”.
The village of Llanrhidian is located in the heart of the peninsula and it is only a 20 minute drive from the M4 motorway. It provides an ideal base for visiting and exploring all of Gower’s beaches, attractions and amenities. The numerous beaches, bays and coves dotted along the south and west coast are only a short drive away.
Hill House is a Visit Wales three star accredited self catering holiday home located on a very quiet no through lane on the western edge of the village of Llanrhidian. It provides a tranquil rural setting with large secluded gardens and magnificent views across open fields and the salt marshes of the Burry Estuary. Large families or family groups should be very comfortable with the self catering accommodation and facilities provided at Hill House.
There are four large airy bedrooms to sleep up to 9 adults – two double bedrooms and one bedroom with three singlebeds on the first floor and a twin bedroom on the ground floor with direct access to drive, terrace and gardens. A cot is also available. There are two sitting rooms, a large open plan fully equipped farmhouse style kitchen, upstairs bathroom with shower handset & WC, downstairs shower room & WC and all the facilities that you would expect in a very comfortable holiday home. The driveway provides off road parking for several cars, luggage or boat trailer and the grounds include front and side lawns, south facing sun terrace and a large rear garden suitable for ball and racquet games.
The tariff for the hire of Hill House during the year starting 1st January 2009 is published at html://www.hillhousellanrhidian.co.uk