Llangennith

Llangennith beach, Gower by Guto Roberts

Llangennith at sunset. Image by Guto Roberts.

This long, south westerly facing beach is one of the most consistent surfing spots on Gower.

If it's flat here, then you're going to struggle to find a wave anywhere along this stretch of coast as it tends to pick up the slightest hint of swell, due to its westerly facing aspect.

The views from here are breath taking especially from the cliffs above Rhossilli, looking across to Worm's Head and down onto Llangennith beach.

Local surf shop owner and longboarder - Pete Jones does a daily surf report if you're too lazy to drive down and check it for yourself but you do have to pay for the information.

The beach generally holds surf up to around 6 feet before becoming unmanageable and often has a long and challenging paddle out.

The beach is popular with all types of surfer - from professionals to complete beginners who come here for surf lessons. The long sandy beach make it an ideal place to learn in safety.

There are good peaks along the entire length of this beach so take a walk if it's crowded where you're surfing.

Rhossilli to the south is popular with longboarders due the shelter provided by the steep cliffs and the waves are generally smaller and cleaner there. You can pay and park at Rhossilli but it's a long hike down to the beach below.

To the north of Llangennith lies 'Three Peaks' - an extension of the main beach which can have nice sand banks around mid tide. The wave off the headland can be really good and hold a nice hollow wave at the right stage of the tide.

The long walk over however, puts most people off bothering, as Llangennith is normally just as good.

The old shipwreck at Rhossilli beach

Rhossilli beach by Tony Llewellyn
Image by Tony Llewellyn

The whole beach is fairly safe but the rips are generally worse when the surf is bigger and the tide is pushing in. Like any beach break, it all depends on the sand banks - sometimes it can be perfect and sometimes extremely average.

At low tide, Llangennith is an excellent beach for buggy sailing and power kiting due to the flat terrain and prevailing south westerly winds.

You'll also see plenty of para-gliders floating down onto the beach from the steep hills high above Rhossilli Downs so be careful where you have your picnic.

The camp site at the rear of the beach is open all year round and has good facilities but gets very crowded during summer so book ahead if you're planning a trip. There are a few more camp sites in the area though but none as close to the beach.

At the top of the village lies the local pub - The Kings Head which is always lively during the summer months and popular with surfers and campers alike.

The beach/ campsite car park is privately owned so you will have to pay to park for surfing. Make sure you have a few coins in your pocket before setting off or you'll be turned away.

Car crime can be an issue during summer, so avoid taking any valuables with you if you're planning to surf all day. Don't hide your keys underneath your car either, as thieves are well aware of this trick.

Article written by Martin Aaron


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