Days out in Swansea Bay
Oystermouth - and the coastal walk towards Southend - is a former Victorian seaside village full of character and deserving of its name as the 'Gateway to Gower'. Home to some of the finest restaurants in Swansea and two of the most popular ice cream parlours in the region; Joe's and Verdi's where you can sit and enjoy the stunning view across the bay. Browse around many of the small art galleries and craft shops that the village has to offer.
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Bracelet Bay & Mumbles Pier
The 900 ft Victorian pier is a well known landmark with its associated amusement arcade and cafe. Bracelet Bay is a small cove with pebbles and rock pools. close by is Mumbles Hill Nature Reserve.
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Langland is a popular surfing beach characterised by its rows of chalets. This beach is a dog-free zone in summer and very popular with families.
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Popular Caswell Bay is always suitable for a family day out and is set in a picturesque bay. This European Blue Flag beach is ideal for swimming or surfing and is a dog-free zone in Summer. Facilities include deckchair hire, toilets, beach shop and cafe and lifeguards in high season.
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Midway along the 5 mile sweep of Swansea Bay is Blackpill. Its recently refurbished lido is very popular with young families in high summer. The adjacent 'Junction' cafe provides welcome refreshment.
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Pennard is a good locatiion from which to discover the cliffs and beaches of south Gower. Much of the land in this area is owned by the National Trust. From the bus terminus at Pennard Cliffs there are easy cliff top walks in either directionoffering panoramic views across Oxwich Bay and the Bristol Channel.
It is also possible to walk along the cliffs and round to Pennard Castle overlooking Pennard Valley and Three Cliffs Bay. Pobbles Bay, reached by public footpath is a popular but secluded cove with a sandy beach.
Bishopston is a convenient stopping off point for lunch at one of the local pubs; the Joiners Arms serves a selection of traditional ales which are brewed on the premises.
The entrance to Clyne Gardens is at Blackpill, to the rear of the 'Woodman' pub. It is noted for its seasonal floral displays and tranquil surroundings.
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Clyne Farm Centre (Fferm y Clun) is located on one of the seven hills overlooking the majestic sweep of Swansea Bay. Sample horse riding, archery, climbing, canoeing and our famous Challenge Valley - the muddiest assault course in the world!
The wide stretch of Oxwich Bay is backed by sand dunes and deep woods behind. There is the interestingly sited St. Illtyd's Church on the western side of the bay. Horton A pretty little village in South Gower, Horton is set on a steep hill that stretches down to a beautiful beach. It shares the bay with Port Eynon which is located at the western end.
Port Eynon Bay
Port Eynon Bay is probably Gower's most popular beach and it has Blue Flag status as a measure of its cleanliness. It has shops and three quarters of a mile of golden sand backed by sand dunes.
Rhossili Bay, Stretching northwards towards Llangennith is well-known for its surfing potential. Paragliding also takes place from Rhossili Down. The walk out towards Worm's Head offers stunning views - this is the furthest western point of Gower. The Daily Mail listed Rhossili recently as one of the top beaches around the globe, the only UK beach to be mentioned.
Llangennith is a popular destination with families and surfers (it even has its own surf shop). Even before surfing became popular, the sea was the focal point of the village, given its setting at the foot of the hills. There are many tales involving shipwrecks and smuggling in Llangennith.
Gower Heritage Centre
The Centre is a visitor attraction and rural life museum based around a working 12th century water-mill. There are craft shops, craft activities, old fashioned games arcade, sandpit area,adventure playground, soft play area, tractor play area, an animal farm with chicks, ducks, baby rabbits, guinea pigs, goats, sheep, lambs and horses and are home to La Charrette - Wales' smallest cinema. There is a full calendar of events for 2011 with fun and activities for all the family. Discounted admission for visitors arriving by bus.