Oxwich Bay Beach Walk

Just got back from a great walk in the Gower and had to do a quick write up. Oxwich Bay is on the south coast of the Gower and is home to one of Britains best beaches. We stayed at the Oxwich Bay Hotel which is one of the best bases at this time of year as its a little chilly for camping unless you have a wind proof tent. As the weather was a little chilly it was a good opportunity to test out my new North Face Jacket which  had no problem keeping out the cold.

From the hotel we followed the beach all the way to the end. Apparently when the tide is very low you can follow can round the head land to 3 cliffs bay, but we were a bit to late. However we were lucky enough to get to the “secret beach” which can only be accessed at low tide. Its difficult to advise which is the best way to go at this point because it depend on the tide. If you cant access the secret beach you need to head up the dunes before hand and get on the coastal path. If you can get on to the secret beach you can clamber up onto the headland. As previously mentioned if you time it right (low tide) you may be able to stay on the beach and sneak round the headland before the tide comes in (but don’t take too long!!).

The next bay over is three cliffs bay and is one of the most magical bay’s in the country. With meandering stream and derelict castle it really is one of the best views in UK if not the world. There are numerous ways to drop down into the bay, the safest option is definitely the coastal path. We dropped down off the head land through the tree’s but beware there is a large drop at the bottom of the woods.

There are then stepping stones over the stream in the bay which allow you to cross the bay and head up the dunes to see the derelict Pennard Castle. From this points you will get the best views and a good spot to take a few photo. We then took the coastal path back over the headland and dropped down back onto the beach.

Its truly a great walk no matter what time of year.

Images to follow.

Cwm Tydu to New Quay west Wales

Map: Explorer 198 or pathfinder 988 New Quay and Aberporth

Distance 4 miles or 8 miles circular
Approximate Time 2.5 [5] hours

Cwm Tydu Beach with path on headland to New QuayDescription From the smugglers cove of Cwm Tydu to the cafés, pubs and lively harbour of New Quay. [and back inland to complete the circular walk]

 

 

Start Cwm Tydu car park overlooking the sea.

Accommodation
Check out this site for accommodation along the west Wales coast. This path is suitable for lightweight walking shoes at most times of year.

The route

    1. Cwm Tydu – a perfect picnic spot below the old lime kiln or why not walk out the first half mile to the stunning views across to the Lleyn peninsula. The walk is steep at the beginning start but soon becomes more level to give clear views of the path ahead, dropping into tiny coves and up again onto the cliff paths,
    2. Seal Bay – October is the best month to see the young seals, but older seals can often be seen basking in the sea. This stretch of the coastline is very quiet and it is possible to see adders and slow worms sunning themselves on the path.
    3. Bird Rock – A site of special scientific interest with colonies of nesting birds.
    4. Coastguard Station – at most times of year the path here is full of wild flowers from thrift early in the year to sea campion in the summer.
    5. New Quay – Here you can enjoy welcome refreshments overlooking the sea or the chance to take a boat trip to see seals and dolphins. From the town follow the road uphill to a large public house at Penrhiwllan and here turn right to follow the lane to Coybal Farm.
    6. Byrlip – The pathway runs alongside the larger house and towards the duckpond with stunning views across to the sea. An old green lane then leads to your left and into Byrlip woods, at the right time of year full of snowdrops, wood anemones and a waterfall set deep in the woods. The path is then sign posted back to Cwmtydu.
    7. Map available here