The violent storms of winter 2013-2014 had a terrible effect at the time, causing untold damage to buildings and seafronts. However, some places are still feeling the after-effects now. Caswell Bay on the Gower Peninsula has lost huge amounts of sand, leaving a stony surface which is difficult and painful to walk over in bare feet, and experts have warned that the beach could take years to recover. A shame, because it is one of the loveliest bays on this stretch of coast. A report on this subject in the local press drew an emotive response from those commenting, with some suggesting that dredging activities in the Bristol Channel are more to blame than the storms. I am no expert on the subject, but I hope the bay recovers sooner rather than later. Visitors to the bay, which is easily accessible from nearby Mumbles, have the use of beach shops geared up for families and there is a lifeguard on duty during the summer months. From Caswell Bay, a coastal path one and a half miles in length and offering wonderful views across to North Devon leads to the neighbouring Langland Bay. There are parking and refreshments within easy reach of the bay. Dog owners should be warned that dogs are banned from the beach from 1st May to 30th September.
Streaming webcam view of Caswell Bay (and other Gower webcams).
Map of the area.
|Langland Bay. Photo by Colin Smith, via Wikimedia Commons|