Port Eynon Bay

From family holiday to serious rambling or secluded getaway Port Eynon has something for everybody and the Gower has everything one needs.

Port Eynon is the most southerly point on the Gower peninsula and is steeped in history and intrigue. The Gower was the very first part of the UK to be dedicated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with all of its beautiful beaches, stunning scenery and renowned coastline within easy reach of Port Eynon, itself a dedicated Conservation Area village.

Port Eynon beach, just a two minute level walk from Beynon Cottage, is sheltered in the south facing Port Eynon Bay, and has the distinction of being a Blue Flag beach with a lifeguard service provided throughout the summer months. The sandy beach is flanked by rocky outcrops and the remains of an old harbour wall, oyster pools reminding us of a once flourishing oyster fishery, and what is left of the 16th Century Old Salt House, used in medieval times for the extraction of salt from the tidal waters.

The rock outcrop to the west of the beach is known as Sedger's Bank, and the high tide never quite covers it. At low tide this provides a wealth of natural rockpools for children and adults alike to explore sealife in complete safety. Sedger's Bank and the areas of sand dunes that line the bay, are important wildlife areas, designated as a nature reserve, and now under the protection of the National Trust. As a special habitat for a very wide species of birds, plants, sea creatures and insects, the area is very worthy of close exploration.

The cliffs of Port Eynon point were once heavily quarried for limestone, and the paths that quarrymen once used to bring the stone out and down to ships in the harbour still exist and make wonderful footpaths with which to discover the cliff scenery of the quarried hills and beyond. 

Port Eynon is an ideal base for walkers with excellent scenic coastal paths providing stunning views both westwards towards Worms Head and Rhossili, and eastwards, where the path can be picked up at Horton, towards Slade Bay and Oxwich Bay.

In the village of Port Eynon itself, Beynon Cottage occupies a central position. St. Cattwg's Church and the Lifeboat Memorial commemorating the Port Eynon lifeboat disaster of 1916 should be on every visitor's list of things to see. Port Eynon has a seaside shop with fashionable beach and surf-ware and the more traditional "bucket-and-spade"shop with ice-cream portal and fish 'n' chip restauant and takeaways. In the heart of the village is the popular Smuggler's Haunt Restaurant where reservations should be made early on busy summer weekends to avoid disappointment, and the historic Ship Inn, a traditional "watering hole".

Port Eynon Bay

Around the Gower

The Gower Peninsula

 

 

The Gower peninsula and is steeped in history and intrigue. The Gower was the very first part of the UK to be dedicated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with all of its beautiful beaches, stunning scenery and renowned coastline.

Port Eynon is well located on the Gower to act as a touring centre for the peninsula. Port Eynon beach is safe for families, with lifeguard patrols between April and August. It is the starting point of one of the most spectacular coastal walks in the country, from Port Eynon Point following the cliff-top path, for about five miles to Rhossili, the walker will be rewarded with breath-taking views along the Gower coastline.

Rhossili itself is the most westerly village on the Gower and provides access to Worm’s Head an imposing rocky headland, the island of which is joined to the mainland by a rocky causeway at low tides. The headland is about a mile long and the highest point is approximately 150 feet above sea-level. Rhossili is also renowned for its sandy beach, which extends unbroken for about 3 miles to the north to Llangennith.  The Atlantic Ocean pounds waves relentlessly onto this beach and, in the right conditions, it can provide excellent surfing. The beach is voted the best in the UK and 10th best in the World by Trip-advisor.

Another “must see” and very different beach is Three Cliffs which is undisputedly one of Gower's most picturesque beaches and not hard to see why, with its unique cliffs. It was recently voted runner–up in a BBC competition to find Britain’s best view. 

Another family beach is to be found at Oxwich Bay having yet another large expanse of golden sand stretching for two and a half miles towards Tor Bay. It is perfect for water-sports, and there is windsurfing tuition available there.  Penmill and Pennard Castle are nearby attractions to also take in.

Head inland and on to Cefn Bryn, a vast ridge of Old Red Sandstone moorland which runs much of the length of the peninsula. It provides spectacular views in all directions.  Arthur's Stone sits on top of Cefy Bryn and is a well- known local attraction, being a Neolithic burial tomb dating back to 2500 B.C. and was one of the first sites to be protected under the Ancient Monuments Act of 1882.