Discover Whiteford Bay

The Gower peninsula was designated Britain’s first area of outstanding natural beauty in 1956 Fifty years on, it is still an area of extraordinary appeal with unspoilt countryside, celebrated bays and beaches, historic castles and ancient monuments.

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Summer Begins at Whiteford Bay

Ancient monuments are abundant on the Gower peninsula, from burial chambers such as at Parc le Breose to world war outposts, smugglers haunts around the many bays and over 30 Iron Age forts such as that of Cil Ifor. And what ancient lands would be the same without great mythology, from tales of the Verry Volk (fairy folk) to King Arthur’s Stone, to haunted wells and ghostly water horses. On Gower there is mystery and adventure at every turn.

The Gower is an ancient land and was first inhabited up to 30,000 years ago (although not a coastal region at this time) as is testified by the remains of the oldest anatomically modern human remains found in the United Kingdom. The mistakenly named “Red ‘Lady’ of Paviland” skeleton had been dated originally to 26,000 years old. More modern analyses of the remains estimate however that the skeleton belonged to a young man and is possibly 4,000 years older than the original estimation.

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Why Whiteford Bay?

A rich and colourful past combined with untouched natural beauty makes Gower an irresistible destination for national and international tourism.

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Whiteford lighthouse

This romantic and striking maritime landmark is a rare example of a wave-swept cast-iron lighthouse in British coastal waters, and an important work of cast-iron architecture and nineteenth century lighthouse design and construction. It is also a Grade II listed Scheduled Ancient Monument. Interestingly, the first known cast-iron British lighthouse was built in Swansea Harbour in 1803 and one of the last is at Whiteford Point, built in 1865.

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Blue Pool Bay

There are a couple of smaller bays to the West of Broughton Bay, and after a walk around the point on low-tide (or over the Top when the shoreline is cut off by the tide) you can access Blue Pool Bay.
 
Blue Pool Bay is a one of the areas’ most charming bays due to its high cliff line, relative seclusion and minimal visiting from tourists. The bay gets its name from the circular rock pool, ‘Blue Pool’. The pool is quite large being approximately 15ft in diameter and many people enjoy diving in during the warmer months.
 
From the cliff-tops above Blue Pool one can head South (South West) for a beautiful walk along cliff-top dunes and this can eventually lead over to Burry Homes, a tidal island where the remains of a 6th century monastery are just about visible.
There are no less than 24 bays and sheltered coves along Gowers rugged coastline so there’s plenty to explore for the beach lovers amongst us.

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Cheriton (Hamlet)

Once upon a time the hamlet was known as ‘Cherry Town’ due to the vast number of cherry trees growing in the area. This pretty hamlet (one of the smallest hamlets on Gower), has a rich history and harbours what is generally accepted as the most beautiful church on the Gower peninsula, the church of St. Cadoc, also known as the ‘Cathedral of Gower’. Opposite the church of St. Cadoc in Cheriton there is a footpath leading along the bottom edge of some farmland. On a walk from here over to Stembridge can be found the remains of ancient Roman roads, much of which is sunken, however a Roman bridge remains intact over the Burry Pill stream to this day.

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Llanmadoc Village

Whiteford Bay Leisure Park is situated at the western edge of this quaint village which has a lovely local pub & restaurant and a local co-operative post office, cafe & shop run and owned by village shareholders. Various village fundraising activities have in recent years made local news headlines. 
 
The local village shop & post office has been run by its village shareholders & local volunteers since the original post office was shut down some years ago. The shop come post office & cafe is today a real community hub, abundant with local information & quality local produce.
 
The Britannia Inn, an 18th Century public house, is located at the bottom end of Llanmadoc and serves high quality food and real ales. Run by Martin & Lindsey, a young couple with an abundance of culinary experience between them, they serve a la carte in the restaurant in the evenings & a home-cooked bar menu during the day.
 
A generally peaceful village year-round, a few years ago Llanmadoc was named Calor ‘Village of the Year’ for South Wales. Llanmadoc takes its name from the Church of St. Madoc. A 13th Century Church in the Western end of the village, named after the Celtic Saint who is believed to have founded the Church in the 6th Century.

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Cwm Ivy (Hamlet)

Cwm Ivy consists of an ancient broadleaf woodland, plantation, pasture and quarry now owned by the National Trust and a small hamlet to the North of Llanmadoc village. This area includes some of the most beautiful woodland on Gower. The western end was given to the trust in 1983 by Betty Church, after whom an area of the reserve is named.

Local attractions

  • Beaches
  • Perriswood Archery and falconry
  • Surfing lessons
  • Golf
  • Horse riding
  • Shopping in Mumbles and Swansea
Local attractions
Local attractions

Local attractions

  • Beaches
  • Perriswood Archery and falconry
  • Surfing lessons
  • Golf
  • Horse riding
  • Shopping in Mumbles and Swansea
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Things to do

We have carefully put together a collection of local restaurants where you can wine & dine, and also local attractions that you can explore during your stay at Whiteford Bay. Please take note that we are not responsible for the content on these external sites, however we are happy to share what is available just on the doorstep of Whiteford Bay Premier Leisure Park.

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