This is Bramble’s favourite walk! The Nature reserve behind the beach is teeming with wildlife – especially in the Spring and Summer.
Average time: 1.0 hours
Distance: 2.75 miles.
Difficuly level: easy
Oxwich Watersports offer a range of activities on the beach. You can hire kayaks, power boats, wind surfers or sail boats. Lessons are also available.
If you have worked up at appetite you can grab a bite to eat at The Coal House Bistro, which is perfectly positioned overlooking the beach. Alternatively, The Oxwich Bay Hotel/pub serves a good range of bar snacks and has a lovely beer garden overlooking the bay.
Park your car in the large car park. Step directly onto the beach, Three Cliffs is the spectacular outcrop at the very far end of the beach. This shallow, sloping beach is one of the most sheltered in Gower and is great for water sports and safe for swimming. In 1911, the beach was actually the site of the first aeroplane flight in Wales by Mr E. Sutton.
Walk across the beach for about a mile until you reach a stream running accross the beach. You can turn left here and head for the dunes. Take one of the paths that run through the dunes. Any of these will take you back to the car park.
Oxwich Beach has so many different habitats that it is one of the most diverse coastal areas in Britain Indeed the beach, dunes, marshes and woodlands teem with wildlife particularly in Spring and Summer. The sand dunes are managed by the Countryside council for Wales. They are home to over 600 species of flowering plants include some endangered species.
The countryside can be naturally hazardous. Particular hazards on Oxwich Beach include:
- Adders which can bite when provoked so leave well alone!
- Narrow paths near occasional sheer drops – wear appropriate footwear and take care