Oxwich Camping Park

UK Wales The Gower

  • Laundry
  • Short walk to pub
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
Traditional tent camping a stroll from the beach, woods and marshes of Oxwich Bay
Oxwich is a sort of a microcosm; a pleasant village spot that has everything you need. It’s as though someone has gone through a Dummies Guide to Quaint Villages and picked out one of every item to build. How many spots can boast a campsite, hotel, restaurant, 12th-century church, 14th-century castle, a beach, a bank of woods and a fertile marshland awash with wildlife.

Appealing as it is to have plenty of amenities though, this isn’t a place burgeoning into a bustling town. Far from it. Oxwich remains small and wonderfully untarnished, with a sleepy winter to itself before summers arrive and campers spill out onto the beach and the surrounding coastal path.

Enjoying the tourist-busy summers but steering itself away from commercialism and the sterile white plastic of the caravan contingent, Oxwich Camping Park is the place to head for those with a tent under their arm and a bucket and spade in the boot. The site has the utilities you need – showers, laundry and a plug to charge your phone – without the non-tenting extras you don't, like electrical hook-ups, satellite TV connection and swathes of gravel hardstandings. And, while they purposefully try and avoid that commercial humdrum (there’s no onsite shop so you’ll have to use the minimart down the road) there’s still the gift of a heated swimming pool – a wonderful addition to the site and unobstructed by holiday park aqua aerobics or underwater zumba.

The camping fields themselves are a pair of large grassy meadows, divided by the central tarmac track that leads into the site and up to the reception and ablutions building. Mature trees line the edges along with a long line that form another partial hedge. They give the sense of a third, more private meadow, though really the site is all one big, inclusive space. From one edge you can walk into the trees that back Oxwich Marsh and follow a short trail down to the beach. The vast expanse of sand enjoys a long tidal range, so when the sea recedes kids can run wild on the flat beach, flinging the frisbee or building a sand fort and preparing for the waters to return!

When the tide does begin to shrink the sands once more, head back up to the peninsula and explore Oxwich Wood or venture down the road to PJ’s Surf Shop. Board under arm, the waves can give you all they’ve got and you’re still guaranteed a hot shower at the end of it. What more could you want from a coastal campsite?

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Facilities

Hot showers and water for washing up are coin operated. There are no electrical hook-ups at pitches but mobile phones and tablets can be charged in the reception area. There is also a laundry room with electrical sockets. The large heated swimming pool is excellent and has 'no-children' quiet times at certain points during the day. Charcoal BBQs only, no open fires.

Suitable For

Tents, trailer tents, small camper vans with awnings – yes. Large campervans, touring caravans and pets – no.

Nearby

The site is within easy walking distance of Oxwich beach, with a boat slipway, and is situated within the Gower AONB and next to Oxwich Bay SSSI. Needless to say, then, wildlife and walking aplenty around here with a wonderful coastal path taking in the cliffy-highs and the sandy lows of the seafront. You don't have to go far to start off with, though, it's a 15 minute walk to Oxwich Castle (01792 390359). The castle is actually a magnificent Tudor mansion created by Sir Rice Mansel and standing on the headland with superb views of the bay. It does have some fortified origins but the remains today are of a stony manor house raised mainly during the peaceful years of the 16th century.

Food & Drink

There are local shops within walking distance and it's about three-quarters of a mile to the two local restaurants, the Oxwich Bay Hotel (01792 390329) and The Coal House (01792 390965). It's difficult to pick a winner from the pair; both have excellent views of the bay, the former with huge windows and a terrace to make the most of it, while The Coal House has a slightly more rustic glamorous-beach-hut sort of vibe.

Opening Times

April–September.

Accommodation

180 pitches, no electrical hook-ups.

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Location

Contact Oxwich Camping Park, Oxwich Camping Park, Oxwich, Gower, SA3 1LS

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Getting There

Take the A4118 west from Swansea for approx 10 miles via Killay, Fairwood, Parkmill, Penmaen and Nicholaston. After passing through Nicholaston, turn left at the signpost for Oxwich and down the hill along the road past the nature reserve for 1 mile. At the crossroads in the village, turn right and the site is about 500 yards on the right. The Gower Explorer #117 runs every two hours from Swansea to Oxwich cross (2mins walk from the site) and will usually stop right outside the campsite if you ask nicely.

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