Three Cliffs Bay’s characterful three cliffs are captivating and unique. Walk alongside and feel dwarfed b
y their presence. You can even walk underneath through a cave of rock pools, where emerging each side is like a different world – one fringed by delicious waves and the other a sandy beach that stretches miles inland.
As a place to get away from it all it can hardly be beaten, especially as access issues mean that cars are unable to get within reach so visitors really are restricted to visiting on foot. This means that it never gets as busy as other more accessible beaches, preserving its unique landscape as wild, rugged and untamed.
You have to keep a look out for the tides here as there is an ever-changing landscape and the sea comes right in, engulfing the base of the ‘three cliffs’.
What to watch out for
Check out the wildlife and sea life here as this area is unique in being National Trust property and a Nature Reserve. Three Cliffs Bay can hardly be beaten for those that love to watch birds and wildlife, sea creatures and shells. You also have the river winding its way through the valley home to many birds who inhabit the woods, river bank and mudflats.
The coastal walks and unspoiled countryside surround small picturesque villages such as Southgate. Local amenities include: shops, cafes as well as the Gower Heritage Centre,
Three Cliffs Bay is part of the ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is one of Gower’s most photographed beaches and it has been nominated as one of Britain’s best beach.
Three Cliffs Beach
A spectacular shoreline of sand dunes, salt marsh and of course, the signature three limestone cliffs. A particularly photogenic part of the Gower Coast Path and a great spot to stop for a picnic. The area is a real walker’s paradise with with its rich varied terrain, dramatic landscape and breathtaking views. Three Cliffs Bay is part of the National Trust and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is also a nature reserve. On a practical note, it is a good idea to take a picnic with you, and also note that there are no public toilets at Three Cliffs itself.
Stay safe, this is one of Gower’s most beautiful beaches, but can be wild too – watch out for strong tides and currents at all times. Because of this, it is advised against swimming at Three Cliffs Bay. (NB the next bays along – Tor Bay and Oxwich Bay are both good for swimming and water sports)
Set on the hillside above Three Cliffs Bay it is one of the best places to watch the sunset and with its views towards Three Cliffs it can hardly be beaten, described by many as having Britain’s best views
Nearby Cafes/ Amenities
Three Cliffs Coffee Shop is a well located cafe in Southgate village on scenic Pennard cliffs makes an excellent stopping point where you can also get lunchtime snacks and evening meals at weekends. There is also a shop (Pennard Stores) which is well supplied with groceries and local produce plus crafts. Southgate also has an art gallery, pub- The Southgate, golf club – Pennard golf club and other cafes and shops
In nearby Penmaen you have the Gower Heritage Centre which is a lovely visitor centre and has year round events and attractions, cafe and local produce. There are exhibitions and plenty of information about the history of the Gower. Well worth a visit and a good option in rainy weather.