Oxwich Bay, Wales

One of our favorite places to go on a Sunday drive is to find one of the many surrounding bays around Wales. Although i love them all, one of the best is Oxwich in the Gower. Its one of the oldest places in Wales; its a place where Kings and Princes first settled, built castles, and fought many battles. I can just imagine Celtic ships entering the bay, finding such a place to settle and a sustainable lifestyle. Finding rivers and streams, fish, the woods, stone to build and there are blackberry bushes everywhere.

Oxwich Bay is part of Three Cliff Bay, is on the south coast of the Gower Peninsula in the City and County of Swansea, Wales.

The bay takes its name from the three sea cliffs that jut out into the bay. Pennard Pill, a large stream, flows into the sea in the middle of the bay.

Inland about 500 yards from the main beach on high ground above Pennard Pill is Pennard Castle. It was built in the early 12th century, and is imbued with legends of fairies.

Individual beaches that make up this bay have their own names, including Pobbles Bay to the east of the Three Cliffs, and Tor Bay to the west.

The beaches are separated at high tide but are accessible to each other at low tide on foot over the sands. Paths lead north to Pennard Burrows, east to Pobbles, and west to Tor Bay.

Pobbles and Tor Bay are also accessible from the beach at low tide. Three Cliffs Bay is effectively part of the inlet of Oxwich Bay. At low tide, Three Cliffs Bay forms a continuous sandy beach with Oxwich Bay beach to the west. They only exist as separate beaches at high tide.

The sea cliffs are limestone, about 20 m high, and are a popular destination for rock climbers.

In June 2006 the BBC Holidays at Home programme declared Three Cliffs Bay to be Britain’s best beach. In a recent programme broadcast in the UK the view over Three Cliffs Bay was nominated for “Britain’s Best View”.

Three Cliffs Bay also appears in a music video entry for Red Hot Chili Peppers made by Swansea film company, Studio 8. It was also used in the opening titles of the 80’s TV sitcom ‘Me & My Girl’ featuring Richard O’Sullivan and Joanne Ridley.
Three Cliffs Bay has also been used in Channel 4’s Skins and was shown in an ITV advert: ‘The Brighter Side’.

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