Three Cliffs Bay (Three Cliff Bay)

Three Cliff Bay is one of the Gower’s most photographed locations, and for good reason. A wide bay of golden sand backed by gently sloping dunes to the rear Three Cliff is easily recognised by the limestone headland to the east with its iconic three summits. Three Cliffs has been cited as both Britain’s best beach and Britain’s best view on separate occasion.

Despite Three Cliffs Bay’s obvious attractions it is rarely very busy and often empty in the winter. Nature is still in charge here and care should be taken if you are thinking about taking a dip here. At high tide there are often strong rip currents making it a dangerous spot for bathing. There is a seasonal lifeguard service and it is only advisable to enter the water during this period.

The bay actually consists of several smaller beaches and coves including Pobbles Bay to the east and Tor Bay to the west. Whilst separated at high tide these beaches can be reached from each other by foot at low tide over the sands.

Three Cliffs Bay also forms part of a wider bay which includes Oxwich Bay and at low tide the beaches join up to form a great expanse of sand.

Access to the beach involves some rough terrain. The most direct route includes a bit of a scramble over the sand dunes although there is a flatter route through the valley bottom from Parkmill. However, at high tide the river (Pennard Pill) may not be crossable here meaning you’ll have to climb back over the dunes.

Also known as:

Three Cliff Bay

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

Dogs are allowed on the beach all year round

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  • Kayaking/canoeing
  • Swimming/bathing
  • Rock pooling
  • Surfing

Nearest town




OS grid ref.

SS 5361 8797


Parking is available. a fee applies.


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