The Gower peninsula was designated as the UK’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in 1956 and it remains a beautiful and unspoiled haven for beach holidays, sight seeing, walking, bird watching, sporting activities, etc. The peninsula’s compact nature (16 miles long by 7 miles wide) means that most places of interest are within a short drive from Hill House.
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.