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the hairy legged hiker walking in WalesWhere is it ? : Oxwich Bay, on the Gower peninsula south Wales.
How long will it take ? 2.5 hours , Distance 5 miles / 8 km
Whats the attraction ? One of the best beaches in Britain, sand dunes, nature reserve, beach combing for cockles, scallops, sea views, swimmers, surfers, cliff views. 
Rating : This is an easy walk.
Parking : Car Parking is available on the seafront at Oxwich Beach for a small charge.
Check Tide Times : Best walked at low tide. Check the BBC tide tables here >

Directions :  [ Map of Oxwich beach to Three Cliffs Bay Walk location ] Map opens in a new window
From Swansea take the A4118 to the Gower. After Nicholaston watch out for signs to Oxwich. Follow the signs to Oxwich.

Scallops found on Oxwich BeachThe walk starts on the beach at Oxwich Bay and it is a very easy walk to describe, but no less beautiful for that. Simply exit the car park by walking on to the beach and turn left. Continue walking for 2 miles to Three Cliffs Bay, turn around and walk back.

I recommend the walk when the tide is out as this offers the opportunity to vary the walk with a bit of beach combing at low tide on the outward walk and, by keeping to the high water mark on the return trip, the chance to visit the sand dunes and nature reserves of Oxwich Burrows and Nicholaston Burrows on the return journey.

It was out of season when Eira Wyn and I visited the beach and, except for a lone horse-woman and a Horse Riding on Oxwich Beachfew dog walkers, we had the beach pretty much to ourselves. (I understand that it can be very busy at the Oxwich Beach end in the high season)

We set out to Three Cliffs Bay and I have never found so many cockles, scallops and other interesting shells on a beach before and I am sure that if we had a stove Eira Wyn could have cooked up a nice seafood platter. Oxwich beach and Three Cliffs Bay are as beautiful as they look in the brochures, but it is necessary to resist the urge to go for a swim as there can be dangerous under currents at Three Cliffs Bay.

We kept close to the rock faces on the return journey and there are some wonderful rock features bursting through the sands and reaching for the sky. I was surprised that the magnificent cliffs weren't crawling with rock climbers.

The landscape quickly changes from the rugged cliffs of Three Cliffs Bay to the soft sand dunes of View from Great Tor toward Nicholaston Burrows and Oxwich beachNicholaston Burrows. Times for this walk are pretty meaningless as you could spend a day exploring Nicholaston Burrows and the nature reserve around Oxwich Burrows, a flat-land of salt and freshwater marshes.The ancient woodlands of Nicholaston Woods are a special area of conservation for Ash trees, and the rare plant life to be found there include Purple Bromwell (of which in 2007 there were only ten plants to be found), Bloody Cranesbill and Butcher's Broom.

But time and tide and Eira Wyn wait for no man and as needs must when the devil drives we head back to the car park !

Please -- click on the pictures -- for enlarged pictures of the Walk from Oxwich Beach to Three Cliffs Bay, Gower, South Wales, UK.


Three Cliffs bay viewed  from Oxwich Beach Great Tor headland
Three Cliffs bay viewed from Oxwich Beach
Great Tor headland between Oxwich Beach and Three Cliffs Bay
Reflections of Great Tor headland with Thre Cliffs Bay as a backdrop   Sand Dunes at Nicholaston Burrows, Oxwich Beach
Reflections of Great Tor headland with Three Cliffs Bay as a backdrop
Sand Dunes at Nicholaston Burrows, Oxwich Beach
Sunlight on Oxwich Bay Three Cliffs Bay and horse rider viewed from Oxwich Beach
Sunlight on Oxwich Bay
Three Cliff Bay and horse rider viewed from Oxwich Beach
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Oxwich Beach to Three Cliffs Bay Walk

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Attractions and facilities near Oxwich Beach:

Port Eynon:
Small seaside resort on the tip of the Gower peninsula.

St Cattwg's Church:
Port Eynon's parish church. Founded by St Cennydd (a missionary for St Cattwg) in the 6th century A.D. Its a lovely little church and has many interesting gravestones in the churchyard. The present building dates from the 12th century.

Directions :

By Car:
Take the A4118 from Swansea (Abertawe). Turn left to Oxwich 1 mile after village of Nicholaston. Car Park on seafront at Oxwich Beach.

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