Three Cliffs Bay - Pennard Pill

Pennard Pill Flowing into Three Cliffs Bay


There are plenty of hazards so novice paddlers should be accompanied by someone with experience.

This should not be your only source of information, it will not contain everything you need to know. It's just some information based on our own experience here.

Hazards may vary depending by season weather, sea and tide state conditions.
This is not an exhaustive list of hazards

  • River current
  • Submerged metal objects old trees in river
  • strong rip / tidal currents / races
  • submerge rocks appearing and disappearing in the surf / swell
  • potentially substantial change in conditions immediately outside of bay
  • sea arch

"Stuart Thompson, RNLI lifeguard manager, said the sea conditions could
be "dangerously unpredictable" and at certain times there could be rip

Doom and Gloom out of the way, this is a fantastic little paddle either as a start / end to a trip or as a paddle around the bay and back.

We pick the highest spring tides we can and aim to be on the water an hour before high tide. (this is our preference to reduce the amount of walking to and from the river)

Having parked at the Gower Heritage Centre we cross the A4118 and launch just below the foot bridge. If the tide hasn't quite reached the bridge you can walk alongside the river or through the shallows, it shouldn't be far before the depth increases enough to paddle.
This is a lovely quiet meandering stretch. and then the Castle will appear in from of you. The river will eventually expand into the estuary, be aware of expanses of shallow water. The natural low water current travels in huge bows.

There's no mistaking the Three Cliff when they com into view.

Entering the bay can be difficult if there's surf. You're probably going to get wet.
if there's no surf then enjoy your easy paddle.

The sea arch is covered in sharp barnacles. and the conditions on the other side are often completely different to those on the inside.
Be mindful of the tide and currents wanting to take you out to sea and the longer you stay in the bay the lower the tide and the more paddling against the current walking / carrying you'll have to do to get back to the car park.

Have a lovely paddle and keep safe.

Parking in 2022 flat Fee £4 https://www.gowerheritagecentr...

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  • Body of Water: Pennard Pill Flowing into Three Cliffs Bay
  • Coordinates: 51.582236963668, -4.1033184528351
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  • Launch Point
  • Paid Parking
  • Free Parking
  • Year-Round Bathrooms
  • Seasonal Bathrooms
  • Permit Required
  • Drinking Water
  • Food Available
  • Boat Ramp
  • Campsites
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Picnic Tables
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Hazard
  • Free Lunch
  • Boat Ramp
  • Campsites
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Picnic Tables
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Hazard
  • Free Lunch

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