Horton Bay

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Horton Bay

  • Car park – Yes
  • Boat Launching – No
  • Public Transport – Yes (800m)
  • Wheelchair access – No
  • Toilets – Yes (in car park)
  • Shops/refreshments – No
  • Lifeguard (May-Sept) – Yes
  • Dogs – Seasonal Ban (April-Sept)

What’s it like?

Horton is the east side of Port Eynon bay. It is less busy than the Port Eynon end and is backed by low sand dunes. To the east side are the cliffs of the back side of oxwich point and good rock pools to explore at low water. There is a car park (pay & display) and toilets just the other side of the sand dunes next to the RNLI lifeboat station. The village is thought to have gained its name from the old village well - “the Hoar Well.”


A good bay for bathing snorkelling  and water sports in general.


Beach fishing is slightly better in Horton than at the Port Eynon end of the beach, mainly due to the steeper shelving beach and generally more exposed faster running water. You can expect good flat fish here, along with the bass on the rising tide when conditions are right. Fishing off the rocks on the east side of the bay with peeler crab is inevitably a good option but remember there are a lot of rocks here, so tackle accordingly. The rocks are also good for spinning for mackerel at high tide.


Horton is quite exposed at low tide becoming more sheltered as the tide rises. It surfs best from mid up to nearly high tide, becoming more hollow as the beach steepens. On a good day there is often a sweet point when the beach is just right to produce beautiful hollow fast waves, but shortly after it can turn into a horrible sucky shore dump.  Needs a big swell to work (4ft + at Llangennith) best on SW swells. NW winds are offshore here.

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