Tor Bay

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Tor Bay

Tor Bay

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

Tor Bay is the next bay west from Three Cliffs Bay, separated by the towering Great Tor (headland to the east). At low tide it is possible to walk around Tor Head from Three Cliffs Bay. Tor is easily accessible on foot, about 20 minutes walk  or so from the west end of Penmaen village (a further 10 minutes from Parc-Le-Breos B&B), there are 2 car parks to choose from one is on the left of the main road (you cant miss it) the other is the right turn just before the main road car park. Once you have turned off the main road it's just over the cattle grid.

Tor is probably one of the more neglected bays in Gower but with no good reason - it is a beautiful spot, usually quite sheltered, and safe for swimming. You can walk from here down the sands all the way to Oxwich.


A great bathing beach.


While not all that popular with fishermen, it's really not a bad spot. 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. You can safely venture out onto the rocks of Tor head on the east to cast out into deeper water for bass as the tide rises.


Tor is quite exposed at low tide, becoming more sheltered as the tide rises. The best surf is from mid to high tide. There is often a nice wave close to the cliffs. NNE winds are offshore here. I used to surf here a lot when I was a kid (more on account of not having a car than anything else) but actually there are some good waves to be had here, and along the beach towards Crawly woods when there is a solid swell.

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