The Gower Peninsular is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty renowned for its breathtaking coastline. I’m glad to say that during our long weekend in South Wales we were able to fit in walks on some awesome Gower beaches. However three days was not nearly enough time to see them all or even a fraction of those recommended to us while we were holidaying in the Swansea Bay area.
So, which Gower beaches should you see if visiting with children? Here are some of our personal favourites and a few that were shared with me on my Tin Box Traveller Twitter and Facebook profiles during the weekend.
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5 awesome Gower beaches for families
This sweeping bay has been named Britain’s best beach on two occasions. There’s three miles of beach on which to pitch up for a day of sand castle building, surfing or wildlife watching. Dogs are even allowed all year round.
The downside is you have to walk down a lot of steps to get to the sand so it’s not really pushchair accessible. However, you can reward yourself with a hot chocolate and Welsh cake (or something stronger) at The Worm’s Head Hotel back up at the top.
There’s a National Trust car park on the cliff at Rhossili Bay. You can also walk out to The Worm’s Head rocks and causeway from here.
Three Cliffs Bay
This is a picture perfect beach that draws visitors for its views alone. Its sand dunes, lime stone cliffs and vistas over the Atlantic make it the ideal spot for a picnic.
However, don’t get carried away by its beauty as strong currents mean water sports and swimming are not recommended.
There are no facilities on the beach but you can use the toilets at the nearby Three Cliffs Holiday Park. The beach is about 400m from the car park and is not accessible with pushchairs or wheelchairs. Dogs are allowed all year round.
This enclosed beach with rock pools comes with the added benefit of Mumbles Pier and all its facilities. There’s a cafe, ice cream parlour and an amusement arcade.
The beach overlooks Mumbles Lighthouse at the far southeastern end of Swansea Bay. You can walk to this at low tide. Bring a picnic or have a real British seaside experience and enjoy fish and chips on the pier. There’s car parking and dogs are allowed all year round.
Don’t miss a visit to Mumbles Lifeboat Station at the end of the pier where you can find out about the 180 year history of both the old and new stations.
This traditional seaside bay is lined with beach huts and offers families plenty of facilities for a day on the coast. It’s a Blue Flag beach with toilets, showers and refreshments close by.
The beach is perfect for water sports and accessible to pushchairs and wheelchairs. Dogs are banned between May and the end of September.
If you tire of the promenade feel of Langland you can take a coastal walk around to Caswell Bay for a more rugged beach experience.
Caswell Bay is the ideal place to catch some waves, even in November. Dozens of surfers were out in the water when we rocked up for a bit of a paddle in our wellie boots and winter coats. This small sheltered bay comes with rock pools and a river, so there’s plenty for little people to explore apart from taking a dip in the sea during warmer weather.
Caswell is a Blue Flag beach and accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs alike. There are showers, toilets and a couple of cafes – one of which, I’m informed, serves great hot chocolate. Dogs are banned from the beach between May and the end of September.
We wrapped up warm for our beach walks on the Gower Peninsular – after all, it was November. I was particularly pleased that I had just been sent a Berghaus Scafell Hydrodown jacket by Millets. The extra insulation, high collar and hood protected me from the chilly sea breeze.
Have you visited the Gower Peninsular? Which beaches would you recommend for family days out and walks?
Disclosure: I was sent my Berghaus jacket by Millets as part of its #Bringonthecold campaign highlighting its winter collection of women’s jackets. All views are my own and those of my family.
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