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Dog Friendly Gower: A Tried & Tested Dog Friendly Guide To South Wales

Dog Friendly Gower: Your Dog Friendly Guide To South Wales

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The Gower Peninsula in south Wales is a beautiful part of the country. You’ll be met with sandy beaches, cliff top views, wild moors and ancient woodlands at what feels like every turn.

In fact, it was actually declared the UK’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty way back in 1956!

Given its stunning countryside, it should come as no surprise that Gower is also full of dog friendly beaches, attractions and things to do.

We’ve partnered with Visit Swansea Bay to bring you this dog friendly Gower guide, which we hope serves as oodles of inspiration for you and your pet pooch.

4 Stunning Dog Friendly Beaches in South Wales

Rhossili Bay

Rhossili Bay is a beautiful sandy beach, which stretches for three miles and has a dramatic backdrop in the shape of some of Gower Peninsula’s hills and cliffs. 

Run by the National Trust, it’s frequently voted one of Britain’s top beaches. And the best bit? It’s dog friendly year-round!

On good weather days, we’d recommend combining a trip to the beach with Rhossili’s nearby coastal walks, which offer a stunning mix of ocean and countryside views.

Address: Rhossili, Swansea, SA3 1PR
More info: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/rhosili-and-south-gower-coast
Parking: Free for National Trust members at the official car park; £5 per day or £2.50 per half day for everyone else. You can also park at nearby Saint Mary’s Church, which uses an honesty box to go towards church donations.

Justine and Kai looking at Rhossili Beach

Llangennith Beach

Found close by to Rhossili (the beaches actually connect with each other), Llangennith is another stunning sandy beach. 

And just like Rhossili, dogs are allowed on the beach year-round with no restrictions.

Llangennith is renowned for watersports and has been praised by The Guardian as one of the best surf spots in the UK. Now, how do we get Kai to try surfing?

Address: Llangennith, Gower, SA3 1JD
More info: https://www.visitswanseabay.com/listings/llangennith-beach/
Parking: The closest car park is at Hill End, which costs £4 per day and is about 200 yards from the beach. You will have to navigate the sand dunes in order to get to the beach though. You could also park at Rhossili as per the info above and walk the length of the beach to get to Llangennith, which is ideal if you have an especially energetic dog who needs tiring out!

Three Cliffs Bay Beach

Three Cliffs Bay is home to yet another top dog friendly Gower beach. This one is also large and sandy, which dogs are free to run around on – with no restrictions year-round.

You can even find salt marshes here, and of course, views of the signature limestone cliffs that give this area its name.

Address: (for nearest parking) Linkside Drive, Southgate, SA3 2BR
More info: www.visitswanseabay.com/listings/three-cliffs-bay-beach
Parking: Park for free along the residential street: Linkside Drive and hike down to the beach if you’re able. This will also give your dog a good run around before you even reach any sand.

Views from Pennard Castle, Gower Peninsula, Wales

Oxwich Bay

Oxwich Bay is another top dog friendly beach in south Wales. 

It’s sandy, stretches for about 2.5 miles, is dog friendly year-round and is surrounded by the Oxwich National Nature Reserve, which has some stunning coastal walks you can head out on.

You can also access Oxwich Woods from the beach, which is a charming woodland walk, but does involve a climb of over 150 steps before you get to the waymarked trails.

Address: Gower, SA3 1LS
More info: www.visitswanseabay.com/listings/oxwich-bay-beach
Parking: £4 per day; the car park overlooks the beach

5 Top Dog Friendly Attractions in South Wales

Rhossili Bay Coastal Walk

Rhossili doesn’t just have a superb dog friendly beach; the surrounding coastal walks really are breathtaking!

You can either choose to follow the gravel paths towards Worm’s Head, which offers superb views of the Atlantic and Welsh land that juts out into the sea. Or head to the top of the Rhossili Downs, which has both a mix of coastal and countryside views.

Just watch out for free roaming sheep! There are a lot of them here so it would be best to keep your dog on a lead.

Address: Rhossili, Swansea, SA3 1PR
More info: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/rhosili-and-south-gower-coast
Parking: Free for National Trust members at the official car park; £5 per day or £2.50 per half day for everyone else. You can also park at nearby Saint Mary’s Church, which uses an honesty box to go towards church donations.

Kai on Rhossili coastal walk

Kai and sheep on Rhossili Coastal walk

Pennard Castle Walk

12th century Pennard Castle overlooks the valley of Pennard Pill, Three Cliffs Bay and the beach.

The views from up here really are incredible and the walk across the nearby golf course and surrounding countryside is sure to tire both of you out.

Address: (for nearest parking) Linkside Drive, Southgate, SA3 2BR
More info: www.visitswanseabay.com/castles
Parking: Free parking along Linkside Drive, which is a residential street.

Mumbles and Oystermouth Castle

The Victorian seaside town of Mumbles is a charming place to come to and has lots of dog friendly things to do for you and your pet pooch.

Dogs are allowed on the Grade II listed Mumbles Pier so feel free to take a relaxing stroll along here and take in the seaside views. Please note that there’s an RNLI station at the end of the pier that isn’t open to dogs unless you have a guide dog.

You can also walk along the seaside promenade or chase your dog along Mumbles beach, which is completely dog friendly year-round.

But possibly the best dog friendly attraction in Mumbles is Oystermouth Castle.

The castle dates back as far as the 12th century, and over the years, it has been burned by an invading Welsh King, witnessed upteen sieges and has been passed from Lord to Lord until as late as 1927. 

Dogs are allowed throughout the castle grounds and within the castle’s walls as well, which is simply marvellous! Who doesn’t love taking in a bit of history with their best friend by their side?

There’s even a woodland walk leading off from the castle grounds, which you’ll both love!

Address: The Mumbles, SA3 4EN
More info: www.visitswanseabay.com/destinations/mumbles
Parking: Various car parks along the Mumbles promenade charge hourly rates; suggested ones are Southend and Knab Rock so that you’re more central to everything in this area. This is also useful for the castle as it’s a short 20 minute walk away and saves you paying for parking twice or losing your spot on a busy day.

Kai on Mumbles Pier, Gower Peninsula

Penllergare Valley Woods

Found just 15 minutes south of Swansea, Penllergare Valley Woods is a charming day out and one of the most beautiful dog walks near Swansea.

There are a whopping 12km of walking trails here, which will take you past waterfalls, lakes and all manner of wildlife including red kites, buzzards and kingfishers.

Penllergare is free to visit, however, there is a car parking charge, which is put towards maintenance and restoration of the woodlands.

Address: Penllergaer, Swansea, SA4 9GS
More info: www.penllergare.org
Parking: £2 for up to 4 hours at the onsite car park

Three Cliffs Walk

From the main car park at Southgate, you can head east or west to follow the coastal paths; both offer sweeping views across the sea.

To the west, you’ll be able to see Three Cliffs Bay from above and just about glimpse Pennard Castle in the distance.

And to the east, you can look back towards the Three Cliffs countryside but will likely see far less people during your walk.

Address: Southgate Road, Southgate, SA3 2DH
More info: www.visitswanseabay.com/listings/three-cliffs-bay-beach
Parking: There’s ample parking just across the road from the local shops. Parking is managed by the National Trust but is sometimes free when the hut and machines are not in use.

Views from Three Cliffs Walk, Gower Peninsula

2 of the Most Dog Friendly Places to Eat in South Wales

Oxwich Bay Hotel

Oxwich Bay Hotel overlooks the bay and is totally dog friendly!

There’s a ‘snug’ attached to the main restaurant where your pet pooch is always welcome. It’s also a super cosy place to eat your lunch or dinner as there’s exposed brick and an open fire here for cold days. We didn’t want to leave!

The food served here is delicious. We joined them for lunch and tucked into burgers, pulled pork sandwiches, trifle and cheesecake. They also have a large selection of other dishes that look tempting as well such as steak, tagines and seafood.

Address: Oxwich Bay, Gower, SA3 1LS
More info: www.oxwichbayhotel.co.uk
Parking: Free at the hotel

The Beaufort Arms

The Beaufort Arms in Kittle dates back as far as 1460 and is said to be the oldest pub in all of Gower. 

It’s also one of the most dog friendly pubs on the Gower!

Dogs are allowed to join you in the old part of the pub downstairs, which has exposed brick features, wood burner and a relaxed atmosphere. 

There’s even a jar of dog biscuits on the side, so your pet pooch is definitely spoiled here.

On the menu, you’ll find pub classics like burgers, pies, hunter’s chicken and fish and chips, alongside curries, steaks and seasonal dishes. 

Don’t forget to indulge in chocolate fudge cake, fruit tarts, cheesecakes and ice cream sundaes for dessert!

Address: 18 Pennard Road, Kittle, SA3 3JG
More info: www.sabrain.com/pubs-and-hotels/south-wales/swansea/beaufort-arms-new
Parking: Free at the pub

Beaufort Arms, Kittle, Gower Peninsula

Dog Friendly South Wales: Where To Stay

King’s Head Inn

The King’s Head is a four star 17th century inn in Llangennith – and is positively charming!

There are buildings towards the back of the inn, which look like converted stables, and it’s here where you and your dog can rest your weary heads after a day of sightseeing.

The rooms are large and have a high standard of finish including waterfall shower, large bath and underfloor heating. Not to mention you can ask for fresh milk for your tea!

There’s even a pub and restaurant onsite. Dogs are welcome in the bar area, which serves all the same food as the restaurant, so you won’t have to miss out on British favourites like sausage and mash, curry, steak and ale pie and fish and chips.

The inn also serves breakfast daily between 8.30am to 10.30am, which is included in the cost of your room. Again, you and your dog are welcome to eat in the bar area.

Please note that you may hear other dog owners taking their dogs out for walks and loo breaks in the middle of the night or early in the morning, so this might not be the best place to stay if your dog is likely to bark or be disturbed by loud noises.

Address: Clos St Cenydd, Llangennith, SA3 1HX
More info: www.kingsheadgower.co.uk
Parking: Free at the inn

Final Thoughts

We were invited to the Gower Peninsula by Visit Swansea Bay as part of a long weekend press trip with our Rough Collie, Kai

Although our accommodation, meals and excursions were paid for by the local tourism board, all our thoughts, opinions, photos and pooch-tastic descriptions are entirely our own.

We loved our weekend in Wales and we’re pleased to be able to share our dog friendly south Wales guide with you in the hopes that you’ll want to discover this beautiful part of Wales too.

Have you ever been to the Gower Peninsula before? Would you visit now? Are there any other dog friendly Wales towns and attractions we should visit? We’d love to know what you think! Just leave us a comment below…

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