Here on the Brecon Beacons, we have one of the best locations for both you and your four-legged friend to be able explore all of South Wales. There is an abundance of mountains, countryside and coastal areas to explore.
Dog walking in the Gower
The Gower Peninsula in South Wales is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and as a result attracts many tourists and holiday makers throughout the year looking to explore and walk its coastal paths, beaches and wild moors. The hardest decision for you and your dog will be which adventure to choose from!
Gower Beaches with year-round access for dogs
This is a 3-mile vast, large beach, a favourite with water sport and surf enthusiasts. There are no dog restrictions on this beach although leads are advised in busier areas. Llangennith offers a range of walks along its beaches and is steep in coastal history with legends of pirates and Vikings. There are plenty of facilities in the main carpark including a café and toilets. In the village of Llangennith itself check out the beautiful pub ‘King’s Head’ which offers a lovely outdoor terrace and indoor areas of the bar to dogs and their owners, perfect for that refreshing drink after your long walk. Just opposite the pub is PJ’s Surf Shop this well-loved local shop is a must visit to check out the tide times, surf lessons and all equipment hire needed for the water. https://www.facebook.com/pjs.s.shop/
A Pebbly beach, lovely promenade, Lifeboat House and views over to Swansea Bay, this lovely town offers lots of dog friendly café’s, pubs and Ice cream parlours. Dogs must be kept on leads walking the promenade and path, but there are plenty of opportunities for you and your pooch to have a run on the beach. Be sure to check out Mumbles Pier where your dog is allowed both inside and outside the Beach Hut Café, they even sell your pups own Ice Cream so they aren’t left out! https://www.mumbles-pier.co.uk/about/information-for-pooches/
Pwll Du Bay
For the more adventurous dog and family – parking is limited but this trail has the most beautiful walk through the wooded Bishopston Valley and down to a quiet and secluded bay.
Another large and expansive beach with great countryside and coastal walks. This beach is popular with families, bathers and water sports enthusiasts as the car park is directly on the beach front. It can be a busy beach on nicer days and dogs are advised to stay on leads in busier areas. If you walk away from the carpark and to the east towards Nicholaston Burrows you will find quieter areas with large sand dunes and a lovely river to paddle. There is also a coastal footpath west towards the Oxwich Bay Hotel that takes you up to St. Illtyds Church and over to Oxwich point. After a long day on the beach or coastal walk Oxwich Bay Hotel offers a tasty menu as well as locally produced beers and spirits in their dog and family friendly areas. https://oxwichbayhotel.co.uk/food-and-drink/
This National Trust run part of the Gower combines a cliff top walk with some of the most stunning views in the world, another vast beach Rhossili stretches all the way to its neighbouring bay Llangennith. The Views across to Worms Head are a well-known sight over the Gower, be aware there is often sheep and horses grazing on the clifftop so leads may be advisable. Access to Worms Head can be obtained at low tides over a causeway for around 2 hours of the day. This is a difficult walk which often encounters rugged sharp rocks at times so not recommended for the dogs. Please look at the local tide times and weather information before thinking about this walk. Famous locally are the stunning Sunflower fields over on locally farmed areas of Rhossili, during the summer months people flock to see the beautiful yellow fields easily accessed from the main National Trust carparks. More information on this project can found on Local Farmer Rob Morgan social media pages:
For a much needed break after your adventure exploring please check out the locally owned Bay Bistro and Coffee House for a delicious cake and coffee as well as locally crafted gifts and environmentally friendly products to purchase. https://www.thebaybistro.co.uk/
Salt House (Port Eynon)
The only part of Port Eynon beach that is dog friendly all year round. It is a mainly pebbly cove with a bit of sand, great for marine life and bird watching.
From the slip (opposite Victoria Park) to the beach access at Sketty Lane Car Park (opposite Singleton Boating Lake).This large, flat sandy beach area offers a great opportunity for you and your dog to have a nice sit down on the sand, picnic or paddle in the sea!
Three Cliffs Bay
The View of Three Cliffs Bay is one of the most photographed on the Gower Peninsula. Your Dog will love the mile long walk through rivers, forests and large sandbanks to reach the spectacular beach. The beach itself is a beautiful space for a swim and for you and your dog to explore the caves. From here you can explore Pennard Castle, as well as Penmaen and Torbay beaches on low tides (these beaches also have their own entrances and year round dog access). Please be careful of overly friendly dogs with grazing cattle and horses up on the dunes by the Castle. There are few options for parking to access these beaches but Gower Heritage Centre offers parking, quirky tea rooms, weekly local produce markets as well as locally crafted shops and gifts, dog friendly (apart from the farm at the back of the centre) this hidden gem is a must to check out on your trip!
Dog Ban on Beaches
There are several of Gower’s beaches that have a dog ban imposed from May 1st to September 30th each year. The beaches affected are as follows:
Swansea Bay – from the River Tawe to the slip opposite Swansea Baths and from the beach access at Sketty Lane to the Northern edge of the slip opposite the West Cross Inn. All other areas are dog friendly all year round. Dogs are allowed on the coastal path and promenade, to avoid these restricted beach areas.
Bracelet Bay and Limeslade Bay, Rotherslade Bay and Langland Bay, Caswell Bay, Port Eynon Beach – from Port Eynon to the lifeboat station at Horton are also restricted during these summer months. Again, dogs are allowed on leads on some of these costal path areas, and are welcome in some local surfside café’s, shops and restaurants.
For up to date information on dog friendly location on the Gower Peninsula please check out the Visit Swansea Bay website at https://www.visitswanseabay.com/