12 reviews of Gower Peninsula in English
This is my favourite place on the planet, endless miles of beautiful beaches and glorious countryside. I grew up in the area and on a hot day long for the bays. The best view is looking out towards three cliffs, you really have to clamber down a hillside to get onto the beach itself. My favourite beach is at Llangenith although I’m quite partial to Llanmorlais too. If you’ve never visited Gower put it on the top of your list.
How can I sum the Gower up in a review! It’s an amazing place, it’s an outstanding place. Lots of great beaches, nice countryside, beautiful pubs with cask ales, nice little hidden restuarants. Go there, and you won’t be let down. Check which beaches you can go on with your dog if you’re walking one.
Not much left to add after all the reviews before mine! Yes, a wonderful place to visit, for all the beautiful beaches, cliffs, countryside, moorland, woodland and little villages. We have explored most of them over the years but spend most time around Langland Bay as it’s one of the easiest places for us to reach. The walk from there to Mumbles Pier (or the other way around) is lovely, with fantastic views. There are a few benches to sit on along the way and a place or two to have tea and something to eat at either end!
We just love the Gower, can’t wait to go again next summer. Our favourite is Pobbles Bay/ Three Cliffs Bay as we have little kids and it’s not too much of a hike.
I just hope it’s the same when my kids grow up and take their kids.
Mewslade is our second choice of beach, it’s a bit harder to get to. Port Eynon is well worth a day out, it’s good for rockpooling, fishing and surfing if you’re lucky. There’s a lovely youth hostel in the old lifeboat house literally sitting on top of the beach.
If you’ve never been to the Gower then get yourself there! It is one of Wales’ most beautiful coastal areas with fantastic beaches and scenery.
Don’t be put off by Port Talbot and the Swansea Bay area when head towards Gower, as just around the corner it all changes to golden sand beaches. Some of the beaches are difficult to get to (steep walks to/from the beach), but that means the beaches are really quiet, so it’s well worth the effort.
If you’re a walker there are many easy coastal walks that will take your breath away. If your a surfer, then probably already know about Rhossili, but the beach is one of the best in the UK.
Langland bay is a more commercial beach that fills us pretty quickly on a warm day, but with rock pools for kids to explore, tennis courts to hire and the iconic beach huts lining the back of the bay, it’s a day’s fun for the whole family.
There are plenty of camp sites around, and this is probably the best way to make the most of a stay in the area.
This is the best thing that we have in/near Swansea.
I moved here 3.5 years ago. My husband has lived here longer. My husband took me down to the Gower and showed me the views and they were fantastic. I love to take my children to the beaches in the summer along the Gower and they love it. There are certain beaches like Caswell bay that is blocked by the cliffs so is lovely.
Gower is such an amazing place to have on Swansea’s doorstep and remains an unspoilt magical peninsula incorporating sea, golden sand, castles, beautiful countryside both neat manicured villages and wild braken with mountain sheep, cattle and ponies.
A recent discovery for me was Pwll Du Bay, quieter and less accessible even than Three Cliffs bay my previous favourite, Pwll Du is actually more of a walkers and picnickers beach with a bank of limestone pebbles providing a dramatic drop to the sea. Apparently Pwll Du was once an industrious centre with limestone quarries in the hillside, ships would take the quarried stone. The sea looks very dark against the limestone hence the name Pwll Du, translating to Black Pool which sounds a little gloomy but it’s atmospheric on cloudy days and stunningly picturesque on sunny ones.
What a fantastic place to have on your door step, with brilliant walks and clean beaches the first area of outstanding natural beauty in the United Kingdom is a real treat. From the surfers paradise of Llangenith beach to the tourist magnet beaches of Caswell and Langland there is something for everyone in the Gower.
As a local I go regularly for walks down along the coastal path with ice crème at hand in the summer months. Whilst undoubtedly a summer draw for people don’t discount the gower in the winter whilst cold it is still one of the best places to go on the coast. Rhosilli bay is a personal favourite and with worms head in the distance it certainly congers up a mythical tone. Don’t forget to pop into the National Trust shop whilst there. Before travelling to the Gower caution is required on the roads as they are quite narrow and can be rather treacherous in wet weather. If you need any information regarding the Gower dont forget to pop down the Tourist Information centre in the city centre near the bus station and in Mumbles Baptist church on the ground floor there are plenty of guidebooks there so you can plan your trip around the peninsular better.
The Gower Peninsula is a beautiful, peaceful and unspoilt area in South West Wales. I would recommend it for a holiday or a short break.
There are many stunning beaches and bays, cliff walks and woodland trails.
Three Cliffs bay is unreachable by road, there are several footpaths that will lead you to this stunning isolated bay, the sea is blue and clear.
Oxwich bay is a popular location for families, the beach is two miles long. The Oxwich bay hotel has a public bar and serves food, there is also a cafe and a nearby campsite.
Rhossilli beach is a surfer-friendly beach, at one end of the beach is the town of Llangennith which has a really good campsite called Hillend Camping site which is popular with surfers and young people. There is a pub called the Kings Head in Llangenith about 10 minutes walk away from the campside its nice and cosy serves good meals.
At the other side of Rhossilli bay is an outcrop of rock called the Worm’s head which you are able to walk out to depending on the tides.
The Worms Head Hotel overlooks Rhossilli bay and sells good food.
The Gower Peninsula was the first ever dedicated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the UK back in the 1950’s. It has barely changed in the half century that has gone past since. It is tremendously beautiful and wonderfully well kept.
There are numerous beaches which all have their own individual charm and most have earned a European blue flag for cleanliness (and loveliness). Rhossilli Bay spans hundreds of metres of pure sands and attracts surfers from around the UK. Oxwich, Port Eynon, Langland and Caswell are more tourist orientated with brightly coloured beach huts dotted around and seas patrolled by lifeguards.
Over the dunes and away from the beaches there are nature walks, farms and holiday camps taking advantage of the inherent natural beauty of the area and many people enjoy a huge variety of activities across the area such as paragliding, pony-trekking and hiking.
A truly beautiful area and an alluring place full of natural magic. Everywhere you turn on the Gower feels like a picture postcard. For a taste of the natural gorgeousness of Wales; the Gower is essential viewing.
Comment 2 comments on this review
dmj1962, 23 October 2007: And you've got to mention Three Cliffs Bay!! One of most picturesque places in Wales, if not the UK.
BushGirl, 23 October 2007: Yes! Yes! I didn't want to waffle on too much but you are right, Three Cliffs is gorgeous and generally untrammelled by human interference. I will probably give each of the bays a write up. They deserve it.
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