Voted one of the most beautiful beaches in the World, Rhossili Bay is standing toe to toe with Three Cliffs Bay in the fight for the title of the best view in Gower. This Welsh beach is an essential tourist visit. The West Coast of the Gower Peninsular is one massive beach with miles of sand between the village of Rhossili in the South and the village of Llangenith in the North.
Rhossili and Llangenith are often considered separate beaches even though they join in the middle and are essentially the same bay. This is because it is so difficult to get between the two villages. Rhossili is the culmination of the South Gower Road (make sure you turn off at Scurlage, or you will end up in Port Eynon), and Llangenith is the culmination of the North Gower Road. You have to drive back into the middle of Gower to get between the two.
On foot getting between Rhossili and Llangenith is a forced march across the beach or a trek over Llanrhidian Down. It is the remarkable contrast between the beach and Llanrhidian down that makes the spectacular view. I took all these pictures this Surftember (as I am calling it as we had great swell after great swell sculpted by off shore winds). This is probably the best I have seen Rhossili Bay with blue line after blue line of perfect surf coming in like corduroy.
Rhossili is often overlooked as a surf beach, because basically people are lazy! It is one hell of a trek down, and more importantly back up from that beach. Throw in a surfboard to carry and it is quite a challenge. Not a beach for carrying your Stand Up Paddle (SUP) board!
The excuses start with claims that Rhossili will be half a foot smaller in terms of surf compared to Llangenith. I think this is a sacrifice worth making for a better shape wave and an escape from the hardcore paddle out Llangenith is famous for.
What makes Rhossili fantastic is that it is a great day out for all the family. You can drive right to the top of the beach. This makes those views accessible to people of all ability and mobility. The coastguard station is a short flat walk and gives you great views of Worms Head.
There is everything you need on the cliff without the tough trek to the beach. There is the Worms Head Hotel, a pub that does great food and has some local real ales for enjoying in the beer garden, or there is the Bay Bistro too if you are more latte than lager.
There is a public toilet and even showers for after you have surfed. Though the showers are always ice cold, they are a great facility to make sure you get all that sea salt off you and your wetsuit. Here are some more pictures.
So there you have it, the DimExcuses Beach Guide to my favorite surf beach and adopted local break, Rhossili Bay, Gower. Well worth a visit, DimExcuses.