Walk grade: Easy.
Route type: Circular.
Suitable for: All.
Terrain: The walk covers sandy slopes, stepping stones, grassy slopes, natural rock steps, dune scrambles and rocky coastal paths.
Start: The green by Penmaen Church, opposite the bus stop.
Finish: The green by Penmaen Church.
Distance covered: 2.5 miles / 4km.
Average time: 2-3 hours.
An enjoyable, relatively easy walk, with long stretches of sandy beach. This is an enjoyable walk, and depending on the route you take, relatively easy with long stretches of sandy beach. It also offers the option of a few rock scrambles if you wish to take them. From several places there are superb views of Three Cliffs Bay.
Public Transport: Yes
Car parking: at the western end of the village at OS map ref 527886 and OS map ref 526885. There is another small car park up the lane from the church at OS map ref 526885.
Refreshments: Bring your own refreshments.
Toilets: No public toilets on this walk.
Be prepared: suitable shoes and clothing.
Safety Information: Please check tide before starting.
If the tide is going out and not due to turn for an hour or so, you may go straight down the steep stepped path from the main path at OS map ref 534884. This path goes past the Stonesfield shacks, turning gradually to the left at the top tidal part of Penmaen Pill. Here you will find a prominent warning sign, ‘Bathing in this area can be dangerous’. From here you can go along the south side of the stream onto the beach, or go over the slatted fenced path marked ‘National Trust Three Cliffs’ – down a small sandy slope and onto the beach.
If the tide is rising rapidly or already in, then you will have to use the alternative route over the stepping stones – OS map ref 538883. The route carries on steadily downhill on a rough track until the tidal margin is reached. A very short walk along the edge brings you to the stepping stones (a track continues here along the northern and western edge of Pennard Pill which eventually ends up at Parkmill. This can be muddy in places, and at high tide requires diversions into thick woodland). Once over the stepping stones you can now cross over the shingle promontory then keep all the way on the north and east side of Pennard Pill to the Three Cliffs peaks.
From the stepping stones go back up the gravel track, past the Stonesfield shacks and Notthill to Penmaen Church.
The above information is an extract from: Gower Coastal Walks by Dr Gordon Avery.
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