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Picturesque beach with easy access
Caswell Bay (West Glamorgan)
Member Name: JakCal
Caswell Bay (West Glamorgan)
Disadvantages: Over crowding
As a local to Caswell and its nearby competing beaches i feel i am well placed to rate this beach.
Caswell is a picturesque beach on the south side of the Gower peninsula in south wales. It is about a half hours drive from Swansea City centre, and can also be easily reached by a regular bus service for a reasonable price. There is a pay and display car park right on the beach. Although for the majority of the year there is ample space in this car park, during the peak season this can become very full - particularly on sunny days. there is no free parking avilable.
The bay is enclosed by cliffs on each side, which contain a few hidden caves for the adventurous to find. The beach has a small stream running down the middle of it, but is so shallow it is easily crossed in shoes without getting your feet wet. There are few stones, only perfect sand right across it. When the tide is in most of the beach is cut off pushing all visitors into a small space, so things can get crowded.
The beach has toilet facilities and a few beach shops, selling the usual buckets and spades type merchandise, as well as chips, drinks etc. The beach is patrolled during the summer months by lifeguards.
Compared to some of its nearby rivals is very small - it is after all a bay, not a beach, but for those who like a wlak can take the cliff top path past langland bay to the mumbles, which has some stunning views.
Although it is not the best beach on Gower for surfing, Caswell is frequently used by local surfers, due to its proximity to Swansea and the proximity of the car park to the beach. When there is a good swell the waves are good enough for most surfers, although those wanting a bigger challenge would be better off visiting Llangenith on North Gower.
Caswells bggest probelm is its popularity. It is the beach of choice for tourists during the summer, meaning locals tend to go to less well known and often more picturesque beaches during these times. Caswells small size means it can get very crowded on sunny days.
I recomend Caswell to any vistors to the Gower, although don't be afraid to try some other less well known beaches also - they may not have the same facilities but make up for it by being quiet.
Summary: Don't be afraid to ventrue further onto gower and go elsewhere
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