Oxwich Bay

Oxwich Bay on the Gower Peninsula of South Wales

Oxwich Bay (Welsh: Bae Oxwich) is a bay on the south of the Gower Peninsula, Wales.

Its landscape features sand dunes, salt marshes and woodland. Oxwich Bay includes a 2 12-mile (4 km) long sandy beach, accessible from the village of Oxwich. It is a popular spot for swimming and watersports including diving, sailing, water skiing and windsurfing.[1] There is a public footpath along the cliffs from Oxwich Bay, around Oxwich Point, and to Port Eynon Bay. Buses run every couple of hours between Oxwich and Port Eynon.[2]

A wetland site at the rear of the dunes forms Oxwich Burrows National Nature Reserve.[3] The dunes are crossed by a small stream called Nicholaston Pill.[4] The bay ends at the eastern end with the cliffs of High Tor; but at low tide, a continuous sandy beach connects with Three Cliffs Bay beyond.[5] Within the nature reserve there are rare plants such as the dune gentian and the round-leafed wintergreen, insects such as the small blue, beachcomber beetle and the hairy dragonfly while the wetlands are important for birds, a bird hide is located at Whitestones which is accessed by a boardwalk through the wetlands. The birds present include water rail, little grebe and wildfowl, as well as the occasional wintering great bittern.[3]

Submarine cables leave the mainland of Britain from Oxwich. These include the SOLAS cable across the Irish Sea, and the TAT-11 and Gemini North transatlantic telephone cables. These latter two do not terminate here but instead continue on to France (TAT-11) and England (Gemini).[6]

On 1 February 2007, The Travel Magazine named Oxwich beach the most beautiful in Britain.[7]

References [ edit ]

  1. ^ "Oxwich Bay". Gower Holidays. Retrieved 25 March 2020.
  2. ^ Ruth Livingstone (24 April 2015). "178 Oxwich to Port-Eynon". Retrieved 25 March 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Oxwich National Nature Reserve, near Swansea". Natural Resources Wales. Retrieved 25 March 2020.
  4. ^ "2020 Bathing Water Profile for Oxwich Bay". Natural Resources Wales. Retrieved 25 March 2020.
  5. ^ "Tor Bay". Explore Gower. Retrieved 25 March 2020.
  6. ^ Steve Homer (30 November 1998). "Disguising a cottage industry". The Independent. Retrieved 25 March 2020.
  7. ^ BBC News South West - Gower beach named Britain's best

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Coordinates: 51°33′57″N4°08′48″W / 51.56581°N 4.14679°W / 51.56581; -4.14679

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