Award Winning Beaches of South Wales
Beaches on the Gower from Broughton Bay around to the Mumbles.
Rhossili Bay Hillend - A very long sand beach with beautiful scenery and views of Worms Head promontory; accessible at low tide via a rock causeway but note that the incoming tide rises quickly and walkers should beware of getting trapped. Pay parking, shops, swimming, fishing and rock pooling at Burry Holmes; the waves are often suitable for surfing and bodyboarding.
Rhossili Bay Beach - Beaten only by a Sicilian beach and one in Galicia, northern Spain, Rhossili Bay was voted the third best beach in Europe by an online survey conducted worldwide.
A superb sandy beach in the care of the National Trust on west Gower with excellent bathing and spectacular views of the Worms Head; access is via a steep path from the village of Rhossili. Swimming, fishing, rock climbing, handgliding and parasailing are all popular pursuits from this beach and conditions suitable for surfing and bodyboarding are often prevalent; a coastal path run along the cliff-top. Pay parking facilities, toilets, and shops; dogs allowed.
Port Eynon Bay Beach
A perfect family beach located on the south-west Gower coast with a wide expanse of golden sand and rock pools to explore at low tide. Coastal walks are available to the west to The Salt House and Overton cliff or east to The Cove at Horton leading on to Oxwich Point. Pay parking available, toilets, food, slipway; RNLI Lifeguard service June to September (plus May weekends), beach cleaned daily, dog restrictions apply May to September.
On the south coast of Gower, this is a long sandy beach with boardwalks through the dunes and the adjacent Nature Reserve - Oxwich Burrows A slipway provides access for launching boats. Much used for water sports (sailing, windsurfing, boating, canoeing and scuba diving), the right conditions for surfing are often prevalent. Large, private car park, toilets; beach cleaned regularly, dogs allowed.
A half mile long bay nestling behind the Mumbles headland south-west of Swansea with a wide expanse of sand backed by cliffs and very popular during the peak season with bathers and water sports; coastal path to Langland Bay. Pay parking close to beach; toilets, food, shops; RNLI Lifeguard service May to September, beach machine cleaned daily in the summer, no dogs May to September.
South-east of Bishopston between Caswell Bay and Limeslade Bay, Langland Bay is a designated Conservation Area and the sandy beach with rockpools is very popular for both swimming and surfing - which can get crowded; zoning is in place for water sports. Pay parking for 150 cars; toilets, shops; beach cleaned daily, RNLI Lifeguard service May to September; no dogs May to September.
A small bay surrounded by cliffs with a pebble and sandy cove; access is via a stepped path with parking at Bracelet Bay which is just to the east. Dogs not allowed May to September.
A small sand and shingle beach backed by cliffs situated on the Mumbles headland next to the lighthouse. With coastal walks to the west to Limeslade Bay and Langland Bay, the beach is close to Mumbles Pier and the Swansea Promenade. Parking with a charge between April and September; toilets, food, shops; beach cleaned daily, RNLI Lifeguard service July to September, dogs not allowed May to September.
Swansea Bay is just minutes away from the heart of the city centre; the beach is sand (and mud!) with a promenade or pavement running the length of the Bay. Parking, food, toilets, parking, shops, slipway; dogs allowed - access restrictions apply.
Rest Bay, Porthcawl
A firm golden sandy beach backed by low cliffs and The Royal Porthcawl Golf Club. There is a cycle route from Porthcawl and common land next to the beach for walks; excellent rock pools on the beach. Facing south west, it receives the full force of the Atlantic swells, which produces excellent surf; zoning for water sports. Parking with 500 spaces, toilets, food, slipway; beach cleaned daily during the summer, Lifeguard service weekends May to September, daily July to August, no dogs May to September.
Sandy Bay, Porthcawl
A sheltered sandy beach located within walking distance of the town of Porthcawl with an amusement park situated on the promenade. Parking available (some is pay parking), toilets; Lifeguard service weekends May to September, daily July to August, dog restrictions apply to certain areas.
Trecco Bay, Porthcawl
A sheltered sandy beach in walking distance of Porthcawl; it is within a holiday park with public access and has plenty of family facilities including an amusement arcade and a leisure centre. Parking available (some is pay parking), toilets; Lifeguard service weekends May to September, daily July to August, dog restrictions apply to certain areas.
A beautiful west facing sand and pebble bay at the foot of cliffs on the Heritage Coast path, Southerndown is a rural beach with spectacular views and surrounded by farm land; it is rocky at high tide and popular with surfers and canoeists. Pay car park next to the beach (overflow car park a short walk away), toilets, shops, slipway; beach cleaned daily, Lifeguard service is provided July to September), dogs not allowed May to September.
Llantwit Major Beach
Situated at the end of a valley, the beach at Llantwit Major is backed by cliffs and has rock strata with pebbles and sand; the cliffs provide a habitat for nesting birds and cliff plants. Nearby facilities include food, toilets and shops; the beach is cleaned as required. Free car parking available and a Lifeguard service is provided July to September; dogs not allowed May to September. The surf breaks here over a rocky reef which can produce very good quality waves for advanced surfers; beginners should take great care.
Barry Island's soft sandy bay is particularly popular with visitors looking for amusements, fairground rides and entertainments. Pay parking, toilets, food, shops, beach cleaned regularly; lifeguard service May to September, dogs not allowed May to September.