Llangennith Beach

Llangennith is the surfing capital of Gower, this mainly because it faces west and is in direct line of any consistent swells that pour in from the mighty Atlantic Ocean. 

The bay stretches for over three miles, here you can witness the power of the sea pounding onto the shore, wandering along the water's edge. If you have never tried surfing this is the place to give it a go, there are several surfing schools providing lessons during the summer. The beach is backed by magnificent sand dunes at the north end there is the island of Burry Holms. 

Link to Surfing Guide

WARNING: There is no Lifeguard patrol on this beach, do not swim in big surf as there are strong undertows. Before you walk out onto Burry Holms please check the tide times carefully and allow enough time to get back

Surfing at Peaks

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.