Now a centre mainly for surfers, the village of Llangennith at the north end of Rhossili Bay has always felt cut off not just from the rest of the world but even from the rest of Gower. It was at one time the most infamous, rough and ready village on the peninsula, its villagers always the first to rush to any shipwreck, particularly those in Rhossili Bay, and feuding with neighbouring villagers over any plunder they could find. In a famous incident during World War One, when the government introduced daylight saving time as a public measure, the villagers held a public meeting and graciously voted to fall in line with the rest of the country – for a trial period of one month!

The 12th-century church, the largest in Gower, is dedicated to St Cennydd, who in the 6th century founded a priory here, destroyed by Vikings in 986. The large fortified square tower is curiously placed north of the nave. A short stroll south of the church is the ruined medieval village of Coety Green.

There are gentle walks north-west to the coast over the sand dunes of Llangennith and Broughton Burrows. Signposts to watch out for include Blue Pool, a dramatic rock pool which in the right sea and sky conditions takes a deep blue colour, the natural archway called Three Chimneys, and Culver Hole, a bone cave.

B&B The Kings Head
kings The Kings Head is located in the heart of the small yet popular village of Llangennith on the gower peninsula of South Wales.

There are three accommodation blocks, consisting of Town House with large family rooms, and 2 stone buildings located at the back of the pub. All of our rooms are of a very high standard, with ensuite facilities, underfloor heating, Plasma TV screens and Tea & Coffee making facilities. The rooms offer a host of features which should your stay most relaxing. There is easy access to the beaches of the Gower Penninsula, which is popular with surfers, water sports and family days out. Rhossilli/Llangennith bay is a two minute drive away.


Dylan Thomas's Welsh wonder beach is voted the best in Britain

Daily Mail: June 2010.
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Rhossili Bay in South Wales saw off competition from some of the UK's best-known holiday resorts and took 47% of the vote in a survey, emerging as the clear winner ahead of Tresco in the Isles of Scilly A remote coastal stretch once described by Dylan Thomas as 'wild, bleak and barren' was yesterday voted Britain's best beach. Rhossili Bay on the western tip of the Gower Peninsular in south Wales offers captivating views across the Bristol Channel and Carmarthen Bay.

The three-mile stretch of beach near Swansea won 47 per cent of the votes, with Tresco in the Isles of Scilly coming second with 19 per cent. Two of Britain's more famous beaches, Blackpool and Margate, each won 10 per cent of the votes while Lepe in Hampshire (2 per cent) and Bamburgh in Northumberland (1 per cent) made up the top six.

Last month, Rhossili Bay was also voted the best picnic spot by a team of travel writers.The poll was conducted for the Cadbury Flake 99 Great British Beach Awards 2010. David Taylor, of Fredericks Dairies, which makes ice cream for Cadbury, said: 'It's fantastic to see the great British public getting behind the campaign with over 7,700 votes cast.
'It just goes to show how treasured our beaches are.' Councillor Richard Lewis, Lord Mayor of Swansea, said: 'The views at Rhossili are among the best in the world and this award is the latest in a long line of accolades for the beauty spot.'  Rhossili Bay was the scene of Thomas's camping trip in his story Extraordinary Little Cough.

He described it was 'the wildest, bleakest and barrennest I know — four or five miles of yellow coldness going away into the distance of the sea'.


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