Glamorgan

Gower Beaches

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Overview

Start in the waterfront city of Swansea before heading along the coast to the cosmopolitan Mumbles and Limeslade Bay. Head to Caswell Bay before arriving at Pennard Castle. Journey to Oxwich Castle and before enjoying the coast at Worm’s Head and Rhossilli. Then head to Weobley Castle to finish the trail

Swansea

A waterfront city offering a walk along the beach, fish and chips and ice cream on the pier and city centre shopping all on foot. Within the city are the ruins of the castle, the Marina, the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea Museum, the Dylan Thomas Centre, the National Waterfront Museum, and the Market, which is the largest covered market in Wales filled with lots of local food outlets.

The Mumbles

A vibrant seaside village, you’ll find over 120 shops, restaurants and pubs hugging the west side of Swansea Bay, with a Pier, promenade and famous lighthouse. On the headland overlooking Swansea Bay is Oystermouth castle The Mumbles Oyster Festival is one of many attractions and decide which is the premier ice cream parlour.

Limeslade Bay

A small sheltered cove west of Mumbles Head and Bracelet Bay. At high water the beach disappears, but as the tide falls it reveals rock pools and gullies. The rocks here are unusual with red and white veins running through them. From here you can walk around the coastal path to Rotherslade and Langland Bay.

Caswell Bay Beach

A sandy beach popular with families, and surfers, regularly achieving Blue Flag status. East is a well maintained coastal path leading to the neighbouring Langland Bay. To the west is a more rural path leading to Brandy Cove and Pwlldu Bay. The Bishop's Wood nature reserve sits behind the bay, a rare example of a limestone woodland.

Pennard Castle

On the hillside overlooking the sea is ruined Pennard Castle. The castle was built in the early 12th century as a timber ringwork following the Norman invasion of Wales and rebuilt in stone at the end of the 13th century, including a stone gatehouse. Encroaching sand dunes caused the site to be abandoned.

Oxwich Castle

The magnificent Tudor mansion stands on a headland above the wide sweep of Oxwich Bay. The house is known as Oxwich Castle, and there indeed appears to have been an earlier true stronghold on the site. The ruins we see today are of a mock-fortified elegant manor house, built during the peaceful and prosperous years of the 16th century.

Rhossili Bay

Voted the best beach in Wales it offers 3 miles of fine golden sand with watersports benefiting from the Atlantic swell. The views are best enjoyed from one of the many walking routes. You may even see some basking seals or dolphins playing in the surf. At one end of the beach is the stunning scenery of limestone rocks known as Worms Head.

Worms Head

Shaped like a giant sea-serpent and marking the most westerly tip of the Gower peninsular the island is joined to the mainland by a rocky causeway and features a large flat-topped Inner Head, towards a natural rock bridge called Devil's Bridge, a Low Neck leading further out to the Outer Head.

Weobley Castle

The substantial remains of a fortified manor house were begun in the 14th century and continued into the 15th with more emphasis on elegance. The views from Weobley over the north Gower salt marshlands and mudflats extends to the Loughor Estuary.

Overview

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Swansea

2
4.6 miles

The Mumbles

3
1.6 miles

Limeslade Bay

4
2.5 miles

Caswell Bay Beach

5
4.7 miles

Pennard Castle

6
5.4 miles

Oxwich Castle

7
9.2 miles

Rhossili Bay

8
0.7 miles

Worms Head

9
9.2 miles

Weobley Castle

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About the Gower Beaches Trail

Distance: 38 miles
Cites / Towns: 9
Number Of Businesses: 0

Start in Swansea to combine both a beach and waterfront, as well as retail therapy and then travel the short distance past Oystermouth Castle to the Mumbles and its cosmopolitan charm. The headland overlooks a broad promenade, pier and lighthouse. Then it’s a case of what do you pack for your beach trip as that defines the beaches that may appeal most. If its walking shoes then a coastal path connects all the beaches. If it is a fishing net Limeslade Bay is a small rocky cove great at low tide for exploring rock pools and its unusual red veined rocks. For those with spade and family in tow Caswell Bay is sandy and is close to the family friendly Langland Bay. Pennard Castle overlooks Three Cliff’s Bay and Oxwich Castle, more of an elegant medieval fortified manor house than castle, overlooks sandy Oxwich Bay popular with paddlers and jet skiers. Regularly voted the Best Beach in Wales Rhosilli Beach is three miles of sand, limestone headland and wide horizons, popular with kite surfers taking advantage of the Atlantic. You can use a path past an iron age fort to see Worm’s Head including the arch forming Devil’s Bridge. Then on to the fortified manor house that is Weobley Castle, looking out over marshland, this is another structure more designed for elegant living than defence.

Beach Life

Whether its loafing about on the beach, scrambling among the rocks, following the Gower and Swansea Bay coast path or kite-surfing amongst many watersports there are a host of beaches to explore. From renowned Rhossili Bay and Langland Bay to more intimate coves like Limeslade Bay there is sure to be something that suits you.

History Buffs

From Norman castles at Swansea, Oystermouth and Pennard, to fortified manor houses like Oxwich and Weobley Castle built in less troubled times to iron age forts at Worms Head there is plenty to explore. So if you want to do more than sit on the beach the area has many attractions.

Food Haven

From beach front pubs to fine dining to trendy coffee bars there is a huge selection of outlets to enjoy. Many featuring locally produced or caught fish and shellfish. The Mumbles has an Oyster festival and Swansea Market offers local specialities like laver bread and cockles. Lovers of ice cream will be spoilt for choice.