Greenways of Gower
Ah, the Gower – coastal jewel in Wales' already resplendent crown. It'll come as no surprise to anyone whose visited the region that this was the first ever designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It will also come as no surprise that this part of the world has a plethora of camping options on offer. From wild coastal sites to glamping breaks (where luxuriousness is matched by price) to the holiday-park-opolis, clogged to bursting with unsightly statics. Thankfully, Greenways of Gower finds a pleasing medium that's just perfect for seasoned and first-time campers alike.
The well-kempt field has space for a maximum of 180 tents, though, rest assured, the owners are sure to maintain the peaceful atmosphere by not admitting anywhere near this amount. Sure you'll see a scattering of the aforementioned privately-owned statics on your way in, however these are segregated from the main elevated camping field and won't infringe on the stunning sea views.
As you'd expect with this kind of well-established operation, facilities are more than adequate. There's an onsite bar and should your little ones have their fill of playing ball games in the spacious field, there's an adventure playground and games lounge with all manner of amusements. At its heart, this family-run campsite is run with families firmly in mind.
For mums and dads, there's.. well, just look around! This being the Gower, the horizon offers some stunning vistas over Oxwich Bay and out to the Celtic Sea. The bay itself is a popular spot for bathers and watersports, though you're sure to find a relaxed spot amongst the sand dunes at the eastern end. Further afield, nearby Oystermouth Castle is just one of the many attractions to visit in this most richly historical of Welsh regions.
All in all, this tidy and welcoming campsite is ideal for both peace and quiet, beachside fun and family days out – all easily achievable from this beautiful cliffside base.
180 pitches. 'Eco-friendly' high quality shower block with under floor heating system – showers with hot water on demand (no additional fees), toilets, laundry facilities, sluice, outdoor showers, hair and hand dryers, baby changing facilities and a disabled friendly wet-room. Large children's adventure playground, family-friendly lounge bar with children's pool table, air hockey and arcade: Adults only snooker room with snooker table, pool table and (terrestrial TV) sports when available in both areas. Large camping fields and recreational areas with room for ball games etc. CCTV in operation. Barrier 'card' access system. Campfires are not permitted.
Couples, families, tent campers, trailer tents, well behaved dogs – yes. Large groups, unsupervised under 18s – no.
The site overlooks the gorgeous Oxwich Bay. The Oxwich Nature Reserve is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) with an abundance of wildlife including birds, insects, horses and 600+ species of flowering plants. There is fishing from Oxwich Bay and Oxwich Point, as well as boating, jet skiing, surfing and kite-boarding. Guests can also enjoy pony trekking, archery, falconry and some great walking routes in the vicinity – just ask at reception for details and advice. The 12th century Oystermouth Castle is also well worth a visit for anyone with an interest in Welsh history.
Food & Drink
The onsite lounge bar serves refreshments, however not food at present although plans are afoot to do meals in the future. The King Arthur (01792 390775) and The Gower Inn (01792 233116) are a 5-10 minute drive away. The Greyhound Inn (01792 391027) is a traditional country pub and home of the Gower Brewery – it serves up excellent pub grub plus a good selection of draught beers, ciders and real ales. The Oxwich Bay Hotel (01792 390329) serves up an elegant menu using the best local produce.
From Good Friday each year until 31st October each year.
After the games room and the adventure playground make sure there's still energy for the short walk to the beach. Oxwich Bay yawns its sandy mouth towards the Bristol Channel and there's plenty of room in the dunes for more adventures too.
PricingFrom £17.50 (one man tent low season) to £28 (extra large 7-10 berth tent with up to 6 occupants, high season).
Travelling Westward from M4:
At junction 42, take the A483 off the M4 and follow this road down and around. Stick to this road and travel straight across the roundabouts on [Fabian Way] until you come to the traffic lights and signs for the A4067 [Quay Parade]. Follow the A4067 South-Westward towards Mumbles for 3.4 miles.
Turn RIGHT onto the B4436 [Mayals Road] and continue to follow this road for some 3.6 miles, past the village of Bishopston and then through the village of Kittle. After 3.6 miles, turn RIGHT on the B4436 on to [Vennaway Lane] for 0.6 miles and then take a LEFT turn on to the A4118 towards Oxwich [sign posted for Port Eynon also] for 4.2 miles.
After 4.2 miles you will come to an old tower with a road dropping down to Oxwich on the left [white-sign posted], take this turning and follow the marsh road for approximately 1½ miles until you arrive at a cross-roads, go straight over the cross-roads and up the hill for a further 1/3 of a mile and Greenways Leisure Park is on the right at the top of the hill.
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