Rhossili Beach is a place of unrivalled natural beauty; a sweeping bay of golden sand backed by the rugged green cliffs of Rhossili Down. Whether on a sun-soaked summer’s day or a blustery winter’s morning, the beach attracts crowds of families, naturalists and surfers.
Walk down the steps from Rhossili village to discover a 3-mile (4.8-kilometer) long stretch of sand. Find a quiet spot, set down your towel or beach chair, drink in the gorgeous surroundings and have your camera ready to snap postcard-worthy shots. Gaze up at the cliffs that frame the beach, where seabirds swoop overhead, and keep watch for people practicing hang-gliding and paragliding.
Get some light exercise by walking the entire length of the beach. When the tide is out you can see remnants of the Helvetia shipwreck, which ran aground in 1887. Go to the northern tip for up-close views of Burry Holms, a small tidal island.
With its Atlantic swell and long waves, Rhossili Beach is one of Wales’ most-loved surf locations. Sit and observe the seasoned experts perform impressive tricks and beginners taking their first surfing lessons. There’s no lifeguard service at the beach so be wary of strong currents if you decide to swim here.
While here, be sure to hike over the cliffs of Rhossili Down. On clear days it’s possible to make out the coastline of North Devon, England.
At the southern edge of the bay a track leads down the cliffs to Worm’s Head. This snake-shaped headland is accessible via a rocky causeway, which only becomes exposed at low tide. Marvel at the panoramic views back along the beach and get the chance to see dolphins and seals in the water below. Give yourself plenty of time to return to avoid being stranded.
Situated at the edge of the Gower Peninsula, Rhossili Beach is a 45-minute drive from Swansea. Public buses travel from Swansea’s city center to Rhossili village. Parking is available, for a fee, in the village. Arrange surf lesson and rent equipment at the village’s surf school.