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’.
Three cliffs at high tide
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.
Gower Retreat, Three Cliffs is a spacious, comfortable bungalow with three bedrooms which can sleep up to five people. There is a large lounge and dining area, with french doors opening onto decking and garden area. There is both a family bathroom with shower and bath.
The apartment is bright and airy and is decorated with a ‘coastal’ theme, with hand painted furniture and wall murals. There is a decking and garden area with a sunny aspect and a variety of shrubs and fruit trees.
- Fully equipped kitchen (with washing machine, dishwasher, oven, microwave, hob etc)
- Family bathroom with shower and bath
- Three bedrooms (Two double and one single) plus extra bed can be made in the lounge on sofa bed
- Private decking and garden area
- Towels and bedding provided
- Off road parking
From £100 night
For any further enquiries about Gower Retreat, please do get in touch on 07942 816 502 / 07940 860 204
Gower Retreat is located just a 10/15 minutes walk from Three Cliffs Bay, with its spectacular Pennard Castle, river, sand dunes and coastal path, it makes an excellent excursion and views of Three Cliffs Bay have been voted some to the best in Britain.
Situated in the area of Pennard, and Southgate village the apartment is well located for exploring the Gower Peninsula as well as within easy reach of Mumbles and Swansea. The village contains a number of shops (one within just two minutes walk) as well as a golf club and a couple of cafes and pubs. You’re also close to the Gower Heritage centre which runs regular cultural events.
Private decking area
There is a shop just two minutes walk away and the apartment and it is on a main Gower bus route.
Three Cliffs Retreat has two bedrooms, one double and one single. It also has the option of a pull out sofa bed in the lounge. There is a dining area and fully equipped kitchen; the family bathroom includes a bath and shower. There is a private garden with decking area, which includes mature shrubs, fruit trees and flowerbeds as well as lawned area.
Local Amenities and Buses
There is a local shop within just two minutes walk for groceries and everyday shopping items. The village of Mumbles is a ten minute drive, while Swansea centre takes around twenty minutes. The apartment is on a main bus route serving the Gower with buses every hour during the daytime.
Activities on the Gower Peninsula are rich and varied and include surfing on some of the Country’s top beaches, walking the coastal path, orienteering, rock climbing, coasteering, golf, horse riding and more…
golf on the Gower
Pennard Golf Course is known as much for its great facilities as it is for its amazing views of Three Cliffs Bay. The course ranked #17 of 52 Activities in Swansea.
Gower Golf Club, set in a beautiful location offers a host of attractions, visit: www.gowergolf.co.uk
Golf break packages on the Gower Peninsula – offered in a number of locations on the Gower and Mumbles: www.golfongower.co.uk
Swansea and the Gower are great locations to practice orienteering. Offering plenty of varied terrain such as coastal and rocky areas, woodland, parks and more. Its a great way of seeing unvisited parts of the countryside, as well as encouraging fitness, and skills in navigation
Swansea Bay Orienteering Club holds introductory evenings as well as competition opportunities
Parc-Le-Breos Guest House and riding centre, set in beautiful grounds www.parc-le-breos.co.uk
A wonderful way to explore the scenery of the Gower is on horseback.
There are numerous beaches famous for their surf on the Gower, including famous Rhossili beach, Langland, Caswell, and many more. There area a host of surf schools offering tuition as well as surf shops and surfing equipment for hire.
‘Gower Surfing’ is a Surf school on the Gower offering surfing lessons (open all year round)
walking on the Gower
With so much choice and extensive public rights of way (268 miles on the Gower alone), you are in a walkers’ paradise. You can choose from easy strolls through parks and more strenuous hikes over rocky headlands, beaches and moorland. The Gower Way is 35 miles and offers a challenge to the most dedicated walkers and those wishing to improve their fitness. There are a number of dedicated walking groups in the Swansea area and the Gower also has its own walking festival: www.gowerwalkingfestival.org on the 6th to the 21st of June ’15
Organised walks include : www.thegowersociety.org.uk/programme/walks/ Mawr walking club: www.mawrwalkingclub.co.uk
Day Trips and Places to Visit
Botanical gardens Spring flowers
National Botanical Gardens of Wales.
Beautifully landscaped gardens covering 568 acres, including nature reserve as well as a formal garden, with Lord Foster’s Great Glasshouse as its centrepiece. www.gardenofwales.org.uk
South Wales Top Attractions
A new website offering a gateway to South Wales Top Tourist Attractions. http://southwalesattractions.co.uk
Gower Coast Adventures
With fascinating explorations of local history, marine wildlife and a wealth of local knowledge, you will be guided by qualified crew. Fascinating experiences – from prehistoric caves to smugglers’ coves.. http://www.gowercoastadventures.co.uk
About Three Cliffs Bay
Three Cliffs Bay is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has been voted on ‘BBC Holidays at Home’ as ‘Britain’s best beach’. The view over Three Cliffs was recently nominated as ‘Britain’s best view’.
It is owned by the National Trust and is wonderful for wildlife as it is part of a nature reserve, attracting walkers, bird watchers, fishermen and nature lovers from all parts of the world.
Many describe the beach as their favorite beach on the Gower. however, this does not mean that it is packed with people – this is one of the benefits of only being accessible on foot! And you are just as likely to see horses down at the beach as people.
Three Cliffs Bay – voted Britain’s ‘best beach’
Three Cliffs and Pennard Castle
Pennard Castle is set in a picturesque position, overlooking Three Cliffs Bay, and could be described as one of the most picturesque ruins of the Gower. It stands close to a steep drop where you can see the river beneath, snaking towards the sea. The castle can make an excellent spot for watching sunsets, so be sure to bring your camera!
Read more about the area and local National Trust sites
Sunset at Pennard Castle
Read more about the Gower Peninsula