Three Cliffs Bay

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Three Cliffs Bay

Three Cliffs Bay

  • Car park – No
  • Boat Launching – No
  • Public Transport – No
  • Wheelchair access – No
  • Toilets – No
  • Shops/refreshments – No
  • Lifeguard (May-Sept) – Yes
  • Dogs – Allowed all year
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What’s it like?

Our closest beach (20 minute walk from Parc-Le-Breos B&B) and one of the peninsula's most beautiful. Three Cliffs is a quiet sandy beach popular with climbers and surfers.  This beach, along with Rhossili, probably constitute the two "don’t miss" views of the peninsula. Behind the beach lies Three Cliffs valley, overlooked by the Norman stronghold of Pennard Castle sitting high above the river which meanders its way down the valley to the stepping stones, before skirting around the shingle bank and out into the bay. The headland which gives the bay its name has an archway cut through it by the sea, through which you can walk to Pobbles Bay or even canoe through at high tide - in fact at high tide you can canoe up the valley pushed along by the flooding tide most of the way up towards Parkmill. At low spring tides you can walk uninterrupted around the headlands all the way to Oxwich.

The nearest car parks for the beach are in Penmaen, Parkmill and Pennard.

Penmaen (the shortest walk 15 mins) – Park for free either at the Cefn Bryn car park (turn right off the A118 from Swansea at Penmaen church and the car park is immediately on the right after the cattle grid.) Walk back down past the church and cross the road taking you straight down North Hills Lane. Then taking the first right (150m) will take you down to the beach. In the summer, Three Cliffs campsite often has a field open for parking on North Hills Lane itself.

Parkmill – There are a number of places to park in the village, all paid (Shepherds shop, the Heritage Centre and in summer the field opposite Shepherds.) From here you can take the foot path opposite Sheperds, cross the footbridge and follow the path to the right - this will bring you out into Three Cliffs Valley which you can follow down to the beach - in all about a 30 minute walk.

Pennard – Park at the National Trust car park next to the coffee shop at Southgate (next village after Pennard). Take the cliff path to the right (west). Three Cliffs is about 20 minutes walk.


Where the river enters the sea there can be quite strong rips and people have been known to get into trouble here. If you fancy bathing, use the west side of the bay which is safe and lifeguarded during high season.  In the summer boats find their way into the bay to take advantage of the shelter at high tide. A personal recommendation (if you can endure carrying a canoe down the rocky path to the beach!) is to follow the flood tide up the valley wildlife watching - a real treat.


While not a particularly popular fishing spot, some do venture down to fish here. Most use a 2 or 3 hook nylon terminal rig baited with lugworm, ragworm or small slivers of herring or mackerel for the dabs and plaice.


Three Cliffs is quite exposed at low tide but attains shelter from the cliffs as the tide rises. It surfs best from best from mid to high tide. Rips can be a problem here near to the river mouth so be careful. The far left produces some nice hollow sections in S/SW swells. NNE winds are offshore here. Most surfers park at Penmaen and walk down North Hill Lane and the steep path down to the beach which takes in all around 20 minutes.

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