Three Cliffs Bay is a spectacular part of the Gower coastline in South Wales. The bay is named after the three limestone cliffs which stretch out across the golden sandy beach. As well as the dramatic cliffs, a stream also flows through the middle of the bay. And being Wales, there is a ruined castle standing guard over the bay.
It is easy to see why it is one of the most photographed parts of the Gower Peninsula.
Despite being one of the most picturesque beaches in South Wales due to its location, it is rarely busy. It is not the easiest beach to reach and requires some walking wherever you park. However, it is well worth the walk. You will not be disappointed when you reach the bay.
Where To Park For Three Cliffs Bay
There is parking at the Gower Heritage Centre near Parkmill on the A4118. Limited parking is also available at Shepherd’s and in the field opposite. The walk from here to Three Cliffs Bay itself is about a mile.
We usually park at the National Trust Car Park in the village of Southgate. It is a slightly longer walk than the route from Parkmill at about one and a half miles. Although the walk is a bit longer, the outstanding views from the cliff tops over the channel and Oxwich Bay definitely make up for it.
Three Cliffs Bay Beach
The sandy beach is dominated by three limestone cliffs which you can actually walk to the top of. The caves and rock pools make it a great beach for kids to play on. Three Cliffs beach is also crossed by ‘Pennard Pill’. This is a stream that flows into the bay.
Three Cliffs Bay is one of the most picturesque beaches in Wales. However, the current is one aspect of the bay to be wary of. Swimming can be dangerous in the bay due to the very strong rip current especially at high tide.
Don’t worry too much, the beach is patrolled by lifeguards during the summer months. However, if you really want to swim, nearby Oxwich Bay is a safer option.
When visiting Wales you’re never that far away from a castle and Three Cliffs Bay is no exception. Overlooking the bay are the ruins of the Norman Pennard Castle. Originally it was a timber ringwork castle but it was rebuilt in stone during the 13th century. However, just like Kenfig Castle near Porthcawl, the inhabitants couldn’t keep back the encroaching dunes so the castle was eventually abandoned.
Three Cliffs Bay is a beach not to be missed. Even in the winter months, it is well worth a visit. If you haven’t already watched it, check out our Three Cliffs video and here are some of our other must-do ‘Walks in Wales‘.