Oxwich Bay

In 2007 The Travel Magazine named Oxwich beach the most beautiful in Britain, describing it as "magnificent and unspoilt" and as a "great place for adults and children to explore". There is a wide range of habitats with the beach backed by salt marshes, woodland and sand dunes. Oxwich is a wonderful beach for swimming and water sports. Its position facing South East means that the water is particularly calm and perfectly suited for windsurfing, kayaking, waterskiing and power boating, all of which is on offer on this popular beach. There is car parking directly behind the western end of the beach and this along with toilets and a kiosk means it is a very accessible and convenient beach. It’s popularity means that the Western end of the beach can get busy and with all the power boats and jet skis it can be noisy; but with two and a half miles of golden sands it is not difficult to escape the crowds if you don’t mind a stroll. Indeed it is possible to walk along the beach to Nicholston Burrows, Tor Bay and if the tide is low around to Three Cliffs Bay. Setting off from the Western end of the beach in the opposite direction towards St Iltydds church there is a public footpath along the cliffs from Oxwich Bay, around Oxwich Point to Port Eynon Bay. This is another beautiful walk through the ancient woodland of Oxwich woods and out onto the cliffs, but be warned this walk starts with a steep ascent up a lot of steps. The Oxwich Bay Hotel snuggled into the foot of the hill at the far Western End of the beach is open day and night for food and drink and many a walk has been abandoned in favour of lazing over lunch in the hotel’s outside seating area.

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