Blue Pool is one of Gower’s hidden gems. Very few visitors find their way here - especially as it becomes cut off from Broughton beach at high tide, so to find it you need to spend a little time looking for the cliff path down from the headland. The photos above also show one of the small coves between Blue Pool and Broughton, another popular place to swim at high tide. The bay is beautifully sheltered and upon descending the path you will realise where it gets its name. In the corner of the beach is a huge blue rock pool, about 15ft across, almost perfectly round and sky blue. Legend has it that the pool is bottomless, in truth this is an exaggeration - its actually only about 8ft deep but that’s deep enough for kids (including the grown up ones!) to jump off the nearby cliff into it. Blue pool makes it into Daniel Start’s book “Wild Swimming Coast” as a 'don’t miss' coastal swim in the UK - so don’t forget your bathers!
Along the coast from the pool is a series of sea arches called the Three Chimneys, as well as some small caves that are rumoured to contain gold coins from a Portuguese wreck! This in fact may not be too far from the truth when you consider that more than 30 ships are known to have been wrecked on this area of the coast. The earliest confirmed wreck is the Two Sisters, wrecked in 1804. However folk law tells of gold doubloons discovered in around 1770 in the rocks of the bay indicating a much earlier wrecking.
This beach is a 25 minute drive from Parc-Le-Breos B&B Gower:
To get to Blue Pool, park in the car park at the entrance to Broughton caravan park (you get here by driving through Llangennith and going straight on at the mini roundabout, after about a mile of lanes you will see the car park and children’s playground.) From here follow the footpath into the caravan site entrance and follow the signs for Blue Pool, which take you left and out onto the cliff path. At low tide you can also walk along the beach from Broughton Bay just to the north and very close to the car park. At high tide the cove becomes completely cut off - you will need to access it by walking along the cliff top from Broughton bay, keeping your eyes peeled for a narrow strip of sand at the base of the cliff. Scramble down the steep cliff path at the north east end to the shore. Alternatively you can walk also from Llangennith beach past Burry Holms from the other direction - a much longer walk but absolutely spectacular.
Don't miss bathing in the blue pool.
Not a popular spot with anglers, but best results are usually obtained from the cliffs surrounding the bay at high tide. Some success can be found on the beach which is poor at low tide but can produce good results at high tide.
Blue Pool is continuous with Broughton bay at low tide. It needs a big swell to wrap around the headland from Llangennith beach, but when conditions are right the beach which faces northwest produces a nice left hand point break, working best from low to mid tide, and offering rides of a couple of hundred metres or more - on a good day it can get really busy here. Offshore winds are south-easterly and the headland can afford some shelter from southerlies. Be careful of the strong rips present here, especially around mid tide.