Three Cliffs Bay

Relax on a remote coastal campsite and wake up to the spectacular white beaches of Three Cliffs Bay

You’re spoilt for beauty along the whole of the Gower Peninsular, but if it’s peace you’re after there’s no better place than Three Cliffs Bay. Tucked away between Penmaen and Pennard, and with no vehicle access, the coast paths offer some of the most romantic views in South Wales.

START Starting from the campsite, walk along the narrow cobbled road, turn left toward the sea and follow this stretch until you approach a National Trust waymarker for Nott Hill on your left. This path takes you up on to the headland, with great views down to the bay. Keep to the grassy path until you see a series of large grey stepping stones carved into the hillside, and walk down them. You can now see a triplet of cliffs straight ahead, hence the name Three Cliffs, the ruins of the 16th century Pennard Castle perched on the cliff to the left and Great Tor on your right.

0.5 MILE Take the path on your left down to the beach. At the bottom is the Pennard Pill River, which carves a loop along the beach. Fortunately there are some handy stepping stones to cross over. At high tide parts of the stream will be too high to cross, so always check tide times before you start your walk. Cross the stones and walk up on to the pebbles where the beach will span out in front of you. Head for the sea cave carved into the limestone rock beneath the three cliffs. This rock formation is famous with climbers who enjoy abseiling from the top and bouldering inside the cave. Walk straight through it, clambering over a few tricky rocks, and stride out of the other side on to the white sandy beach.

2 MILES From here turn left away from the sea and walk towards Pobbles Bay, over pebbles and towards sand dunes. It’s a pretty little beach that leads up to Southgate village with a lovely cliff-top cafe about ½ mile walk away. Look for a slatted boardwalk providing access to the top of the dunes. The greens of Pennard Golf Course are on your right and just over the top Three Cliffs Bay comes into sight again, offering a great photo moment, especially if the sun is out.

3 MILES Keep to boardwalk all the way down through the dunes until you reach a fork. Carry straight on for ½ mile to explore the ruins of Pennard Castle, one of the Gower’s oldest Norman castles, and a good spot to break for lunch and of course more fabulous views. Head back down to the stream below via the sand dunes – it can be great fun to run down them or sit down and slide or roll down. Keep right walking along the stream, passing the stepping stones and trace your steps back up to the campsite.

THE CAMPSITE Perfectly positioned on the cliff top with panoramic views of Three Cliffs Bay, and with its own private path to the beach, this is an extremely popular spot in the summer and is voted Wales’ number one campsite by Cool Camping. There are tent and caravan pitches plus a few cottages restored from old farm buildings.

Terrain: Cliff top paths, beach walking and a section along a well maintained boardwalk path.
Car: From M4 take the Swansea exit and head for the Gower and Penmaen.
Public Transport: Coaches and trains connect Swansea with most major cities. From Swansea bus station take bus number 118 to Penmaen or Oxwich.
Refreshments: Pennard Stores & Coffee shop 68 Southgate Road, Southgate, Swansea SA3 1LS 01792 233230 The Gower Inn Parkmill, Swansea SA3 2EQ 01792 233116 Shepherds Coffee shop, Parkmill, Swansea 01792 371228
More info: Cool Camping
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