Popples Bay near Three Cliffs Bay is a popular but secluded beach on the Gower Peninsula. It is surrounded by limestone cliffs and sand dunes, and on a clear day you can see right to the end of Oxwich Bay.
The pebble and sand beach is covered at high tide, leaving just a tiny cove with limestone pebbles. At low water there is vast stretch of sandand you can walk across to Three Cliffs Bay, or even around to Tor Bay on a low tide.
Access to Popples Bay is from Southgate village on foot, either from the village past the golf links, half a mile, or across Pennard Cliffs, a one and a half mile walk with spectacular views west along the coast.
From Pobbles paths lead North throught the dunes to Pennard Burrows and East over the cliffs to Hunts Bay and Pwll Du Bay. If the tide is out, then you will be able to walk on the beach to Three Cliff and Tor Bay.
|DO NOT SWIM AT HIGH TIDE – the water around Pobbles Bay and Three Cliffs Bay has strong rip currents at high tide!|
There is no lifeguard on Pepples Bay and you need to be aware that swiming is safe only at low tide.
Accessible by Bus: Mon-Sat: First Cymru 14, Sun: Gower Explorer 114 from Quadrant Bus Station. Stops at Pennard Cliffs (1 mile to beach).
Accessible by Car: long walk from point where you can leave a car
Accessible by Foot: difficult walk to beach
Car park: National Trust Car Park (charge)
Refreshments: Three Cliffs Coffee Shop