Llangennith is what local surfers call the ‘indicator’ break for the area. If there’s a not a lump here then you can guarantee it’s flat everywhere.
When the waves turn on and start to pump, Llangennith is possibly one of the hardest paddle out spots in the whole of the UK due to the amount of white water you have to punch through. Break through the flotsam and you’ll definitely be rewarded.
On moderate sized swells Llangennith can serve up some impressively long rides. Increase the juice and even bigger solid slabs of Atlantic Ocean are there for the taking – or to swat you like a fly – not for the faint hearted on larger days. Although at that size, there are other waves in the area that light up and you’ll find many spots going off with a little searching.
After your fix of H2O the sleepy village of Llangennith itself, just up the hill, is where you’ll find all of the après action in the form of the King’s Head pub. It’s notorious for its summertime after-hours shenanigans; although during the day this particular drinking hole caters for families serving hearty pub grub and real ales too.
Back down at the beachfront and the Hill End Campsite is a large-scale operation offering plenty of pitch options for groups, families and everyone in between with good on site facilities.
Consistent in regards to wave action but also with plenty of other stunning beaches with flat spots for the less energetic nearby, Llangennith truly is a kayaker’s paddling paradise.
How to get there:
Take the M4 motorway towards Cardiff. Continue on to Swansea before following signs for the Gower Peninsula.
A campsite sits right next to the beach with a café/bar (Eddy’s) and public car park/toilets. Llangennith village is just a short walk away and features a lively pub (King’s Head) and surf shop (PJ’s) for any spares.
Big waves during certain periods offer plenty of challenges to the paddler. Rips and associated water anomalies that come with surf environments are things to watch out for. Busy water and beach areas during summer.
Ins and Outs:
Park up in the designated area behind the sand dunes and then it’s a fairly long walk while dragging your boat to the water’s edge – particularly at low tide!
For a quieter wave, head to Broughton, which is located towards the mouth of the estuary to the right of Llangennith beach. Limited parking options and heavily tidal spot, but fewer crowds.
Designated an area of outstanding natural beauty in 1956 (the first of its kind), the Gower Peninsula continues to draw visitors from all walks of life who are enticed by the area’s stunning scenery.
Venture down to the coast along meandering country roads and eventually you will reach the water’s edge and the vast expanse of beacpeh that is Llangennith.
Dominated by the iconic vista of Worm’s Head jutting out to the left as you gaze out to sea, Llangennith is one of those truly spectacular beaches flanked by impressive sand dunes, is a haven for wave riders and boasts perfect sunsets.