Rhossilli Bay - Hillend

Rhossili Beach is a stunning rural beach on the Gower Peninsula - Britain’s first designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).  It offers visitors a three-mile stretch of clean, golden sands backed by dunes and dominated by the stunning Rhossili Downs.  Come here to walk along the shoreline whilst listening to the Atlantic waves crashing onto the sand.
Rhossili was voted Best Beach in Britain in 2010 and Wales’s Best Beach in 2017.

At the southwestern end of the beach is Worm’s Head, a tidal island.  At low tide a long, narrow causeway is exposed but visitors planning to walk out to the island need to check tidal tables as the causeway becomes submerged very quickly by the incoming tides.

There are a number of interesting archaeological sites nearby, including the remains of an Iron Age fort and a World War II radar station.  The wreck of the Helveti, a cargo ship which sank in 1887 can be seen on the beach. 

The Rhossili Downs above the beach are popular with walkers and hangliders.  They provide magnificent views over the coastline and out to sea.

At Hillend, 200 metres from the beach is a popular camping and caravan site.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

Dogs are allowed all year round

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  • Good fishing
  • Swimming/bathing
  • Surfing


  • Shop

Nearest town




OS grid ref.

SS 4122 9056


Parking is charged


Green Coast Award

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