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Pick up a tourist brochure or guide book to this part of Wales and, chances are, it’ll feature a picture of Three Cliffs Bay on the cover. And justifiably so. It’s indisputably one of the finest beaches on the Gower Peninsula, with an almost round sandy beach encircled by unique rock formations. A series of limestone peaks rises dramatically into the air, finally disappearing into the Bristol Channel like a retreating monster. It’s a distinctive silhouette that has led to claims that this is the ‘best view in Wales’ and the ‘most beautiful bay in Britain’, but whatever you want to call it, there’s no denying it’s a bit special.

As luck would have it, a campsite perches on the high ground behind the beach, quietly taking it all in. Three Cliffs Bay Caravan Park, also known as North Hills Farm Campsite, has been in the Beynon family since 1951, although back then it was sheep and cattle that had the benefit of the views. Five acres of the 150-acre farm are now set aside for camping, providing just enough space for 100 families to camp in peak summer season; although, the popularity of the site means that the summer months are not the best time to go.

There are other drawbacks, too – the sloping ground, the fact that not all the pitches have views and the occasional whipping wind that screeches in from the sea and blows unprepared campers around the site. However, if you’re lucky enough to get one of the pitches at the edge nearest the bay, you’ve certainly acquired one of Europe’s finest camping spots. And even if you don’t get a view from your tent, the beach itself makes staying here worthwhile.

The campsite is a highly organised affair. Two onsite wardens keep things in check and the facilities block, a study in 1970s chic with brown-tiled interior and pebbledash exterior, is well maintained. The key to the new family room is closely guarded, but can be borrowed on production of suitably aged children. Pitches are arranged neatly in rows, with caravans to one side of the field, tents to the other, and a separate field is used as a spacious kids’ play area for most of the year as well as for additional camping during the busier summer holidays.

No matter how many photos you might see of Three Cliffs Bay, none can match the beauty and majesty of the real thing. Come and experience it for yourself. And, don’t forget your camera.

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★★★★★

Splendid!

My partner and I stumbled on this campsite. We were in for a very pleasant surprise. The views are stunning - you can wake up to a magnificent sea view overlooking Three Cliffs Bay and the neighbouring Oxwich Bay. The facilities are great and include a handy laundry room, a shop, a hot sink, friendly staff and very clean showers/rest rooms. The wardens are really friendly and helpful. We liked it so much that we went back for a whole week the second time. I am looking forward to being there!

At peak times, it can get very busy and space on the cliff can be limited. However, even then, I felt grateful for waking up to one of the most magnificent views in Wales.

3 of 3 readers found this review useful.

★★★★★

what a view!

We stayed at this beautiful spot during the summer holidays last year and were blessed with mostly beautiful weather to enjoy it in. That said, even on the blowy wet days it was a spectacular spot - although we were glad of our sturdy tent! We pitched in the hillside field with great view (you can also choose the flat field in the valley behind- we heard reports that this was a bit raucous but probably what you'd expect in the height of summer) and didn't regret it despite waking each morning to find both children having rolled into a heap on top of us in the night! I think ours was one of the most sloped pitches but we had the advantage of the hedge behind us to provide some shelter from the wind. Tents are only pitched around the edge of this field, leaving a large open area in the middle which the children loved using for games of cricket & catch the flag with the gaggle of friends they had made. The beach was simply stunning (and we are hard to please being from Dorset, an area full of award winning beaches!) with a combination of golden sand and rock pools to explore around the headland...amazingly it rarely seemed busy. It was a rocky 10-15minute walk from the campsite but well worth it, alhough watch out for the tide which comes in extremely fast. Plenty to do in the area; definitely worth checking out the indoor Waterpark in Swansea if you have kids. I'm just booking up this years summer camping trip and I am really tempted just to return to this beautiful spot!

2 of 2 readers found this review useful.

Stayed here twice now - and it really is a friendly and well maintained site. The views to the beach below are difficult to beat anywhere in the UK - and the steep walk up and down are well worth it.  Definitely a site we will returrn to ...

Beware tides - as the stepping stones across the river to the beach are covered and impossible to safely navigate at high tide.

2 of 2 readers found this review useful.

We stayed at Three Cliffs Bay for the late May bank holiday week a couple of years ago. As the weather was a bit rough when we arrived (to say the least!) so we were directed to the rear of the site which was more sheltered – lower ground close to a hedge. We waited for the wind and rain to abate before we set up. Once the sun came out we investigated the fabulous view. The site could not be better situated for the view; it was fascinating to watch the changing light and tides across the bay at different times of day. One of my favourite camping memories was taking my folding chair and a coffee to the cliff edge to sit and watch the sunrise over the bay. Just wonderful! The facilities block was busy, but kept spotlessly and tirelessly clean by the site wardens. The walk from the site down to the bay was steep in places and a bit of a trek but well worth the effort. There were also some lovely walks and excursions in the area. Rhossili Bay for example is a lovely beach and ideal for body boarding (even if we did almost go blue from the cold!) In summary, it is a great site for its location and the view can’t be beaten. The downside of the cliff-top location means it is exposed and can be very windy (we saw some tents flattened while we were there). But when the sun is out, there can be very few places that I would rather be.

2 of 2 readers found this review useful.

Myself and my partner stayed here for two gloriously sunny days and nights in July.  The site wasn't too busy (it was during the week and kids were at school).  We had a great spot just on the edge overlooking the bay.  It wasn't windy at all (I think we were probably lucky).  there are plenty of toilets, showers and washing up sinks so when we went it wasn't an issue (all were very clean).  It is heck of a walk back up from the beach but worth it as it's lovely to be close and be able to sunbath.  There is a pub and shop not too much of a walk away.  Wardens on site all the time and very helpful and knowledgeable about the local area.  Its probably a little more expensive than some sites (we paid £46 for the two of us for two nights) but for the views it is worth it.  There's a little shop on site which sells the basics and although this is expensive it is handy for anything you have forgotten.  Highly recommended (particularly when the children are at school and the site is quieter).

1 of 1 readers found this review useful.

★★★★★

stunning scenery

stunning scenery! really nice and well kept space.

1 of 1 readers found this review useful.

We had a lovely time here and it is an excellent location and very well kept. Showers and toilets were spotless. Beware the slopes! My main gripe however was that dogs are allowed and it is impossible to clean up completely after them. Children taking dogs for walks are certainly not going to clean up properly and we had dog muck in the tent within half an hour. Absolutely ruined my weekend as I was constantly worried about it and the children wanted to run around without shoes in the grass. I suggest that there should be a dog free area. It would have been 5 stars without that problem and absolutely perfect for a family holiday.

2 of 3 readers found this review useful.

It is a fantastic place! And the warden and all the staff at the campsite are really kind and friendly! I will definitely return to this place!!

1 of 1 readers found this review useful.

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On Site

Well-maintained, centrally located amenities block including disabled and baby-changing facilities. Token-operated showers; 30p for 5 mins. Well-equipped laundry room. Electric hook-ups available. Small onsite shop offers dairy products, frozen foods, drinks and gas exchange. Hard-standing pitches for winter.

If it rains

The King Arthur Pub is warm and cosy. If you’re after something more constructive, then Swansea and the Mumbles are a short drive away. Kids might enjoy the Chocolate Factory (01792 561617; www.thechocolatefactory.com) in Swansea (booking essential).

Food & Drink

There’s a super walk from here over the Cefn Bryn hills to the King Arthur Hotel (01792 390775) 3 miles away in Reynoldston. For a delicious meal, head for the Maes-yr-Haf (01792 371000) in nearby Parkmill. All food is freshly prepared and locally sourced where possible. Draft ales from the Felinfoel Brewery in Llanelli are also worth investigating.

Open

Apr–late Oct.

The Damage

Two-man tent £15. Family tent (2 adults, 2 children) £18. Extra adults/children £5–3. Dogs are free.

Getting There

From Swansea, take the A4067 towards South Gower, then the B4436 signposted South Gower and Port Eynon. At Pennard Church, turn right, then next left onto the A4118. Look out for the turning on the left after 21/2 miles.

Public Transport

Regular buses 114 and 118 run past the site from Swansea.

Tags

Beaches  Campervans permitted  Dogs welcome  Electrical hook-ups  Electricity hook-ups  Good for kids  Nice views  Remote location  Short walk to beach  Surfing  Tent pitches  Waterside location