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Three Cliffs Bay, Swansea

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Three Cliffs Bay, otherwise Three Cliff Bay, is a bay on the south coast of the Gower Peninsula in the City and County of Swansea, Wales. The bay takes its name from the three sea cliffs that jut out into the bay. Pennard Pill, a large stream, flows into the sea in the middle of the bay.The beach is an important asset for locals and visitors and routinely qualifies for Blue Flag status. Dogs are allowed on the beach all year.Inland about 500 yards from the main beach on high ground above Pennard Pill is Pennard Castle. It was built in the early 12th century, and is imbued with legends of fairies. It is also the only locality in Britain for yellow whitlow grass.Individual beaches that make up this bay have their own names, including Pobbles Bay to the east of the Three Cliffs, and Tor Bay to the west. The beaches are separated at high tide but are accessible to each other at low tide on foot over the sands. Paths lead north to Pennard Burrows, east to Pobbles, and west to Tor Bay. Pobbles and Tor Bay are also accessible from the beach at low tide. Three Cliffs Bay is effectively part of the inlet of Oxwich Bay. At low tide, Three Cliffs Bay forms a continuous sandy beach with Oxwich Bay beach to the west. They only exist as separate beaches at high tide.The sea cliffs are limestone, about 20 m high, and are a popular destination for rock climbers with 20 climbs in the lower grades, including Scavenger (VS 4b) - often considered a national classic. The largest of the Three Cliffs is easily climbed if approached from the grassy base.
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  • This is a lovely bay to look at from all directions. We had a lovely long walk from Slade to Southgate (nice pint in pub) then back through the golf course to the castle and along Cefn Bryn(Gower way)...  read more »
  • First off, the journey to and from this beach is not really for those with any difficulties climbing up and down steep walks. Although it only takes 10 minutes from top to bottom, it is steep and coul...  read more »
  • One thing first: The walk from Southgate to Three Cliffs Bay and the Bay itself has some of the most beautiful views and landscapes we've encountered on our Road Trip this year. And not just among the...  read more »
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