From the A4118 main road along South Gower, a road signposted to Oxwich heads south at a junction dominated by Penrice Castle. There is no access to the private 13th-century ruin, but from both roads there are enticing glimpses of the most formidable fortification built by the Normans after finally gaining control of Gower in 1099. It can also be viewed at leisure from the footpath through the large, formal Penrice Estate, as can the imposing 18th-century Penrice mansion and the great artificial lake, which is now a heronry.

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The minor road dips down to the strange landscape known as Oxwich Marsh, which has a haunted quality even in broad sunlight. It is a nature reserve comprising freshwater marshes to the west and a salt marsh to the east, with dense woods to the north and south. After about a mile the small village of Oxwich is reached, where there is an official car park. Beyond this lies the panorama of Oxwich Bay, the longest expanse of sand in South Gower, backed by sand dunes, woodland, cliffs and Cefn Bryn, the spine of Gower.

Local Accommodation Surfsound Guest House
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A family run guest house situated within walking distance of the beach at Oxwich . All bedrooms with central heating and ensuite bathrooms. A highly commended establishment offering personal service and excellent cuisine. Surfsound is set in its own grounds offering good off-road parking.
Local Accommodation Oxwich Leisure Park Chalet
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Overlooking the splendour of Oxwich Bay, this beautifully landscaped site lies next to Oxwich village, five minutes walk from the clean sandy beach, amid the magnificent Gower scenery.


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