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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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!
stunning scenery! really nice and well kept space.
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.
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.
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