The Mecca for surfing in Gower and Wales. A campsite located near the beach offers tourists the change to stay for a long weekend or a Summer holiday which can mean that this beach gets very busy during the warmer months (hmmm perhaps a good example of an oxymoron).
As the swell gets bigger the paddle out becomes more difficult, with a swell above around 5-6ft (i.e. 10ft+ wave faces) you’re likely to have better odds at swimming the channel, blindfolded, with one arm tied behind your back and breathing through a straw than getting out back intact.
Llangennith is perfect for beginners and those more advanced, it is has friendly environment and is big enough for everyone to have their own space and wave. Llangennith works best on Easterly to North-Easterly winds.A long sandy beach over 3 miles long! At the far southerly point you can see the Worm’s head in the distance. It is the surf capital of Gower and the indicator beach with consistent swell.
The most consistent surf spot on the Gower and surfable on all tides. If you have never tried surfing this is the place to give it a go, there are several surfing schools providing lessons during the summer. Good for all levels of surfer especially beginners.
The beach is broadly split into three different surf regions, Rhossili at the Southey end of the beach, Llangennith towards the Mid-North end of the beach and Three peaks at the North end next to Burry Holmes Island.
Access is fairly easy to both Rhossili and Llangenntih via a short walk down the cliff path in the case of Rhossili and over the sand dunes for Llangennith.
There is no lifeguard support on this beach.
|Wind||Tide||Topography||Rideable swell size||Crowds||Consistency of surf||Quality on a good day|
|East (Rhossili) to Northeast (Llangennith) is offshore. Rhossili can hold Southerly winds.||Works on all tides. Due to large tidal change low and high tide can be better.||Beach break.||1ft to 6ft||Can get very busy but large beach so room for everyone.||
Surf Spot Characteristics
Llangennith & Rhossili are some of Gower’s most famous surf spots, it is popular with surfers especially those travelling down for the weekend due to the consistency of surf offered.
The bay only offers beach breaks that can hold both rights and lefts but often close out.
Llangennith works best in E/NE winds, Rhossili is best on E however the cliffs located at the southerly part of the beach offer protection from southerly winds.
The beaches are best surfed during the period two hours before to two hours after low water. The beach does work on all tides however due to the large tidal range mid tide can be slightly smaller.
Access and Facilities
There are a number of surf shops and surf schools located at both Llangennith and Rhossili, both have ample paid car parking.
The access to Llangennith is a short 5 minute walk over a planked path through the sand dunes, Rhossili is a slightly more gruelling task down a paved path which can take around 10 minutes on the way down and 15 to 20 minutes on the way back up, it may also require a few rest stops.