Beaches in Swansea – Pwll Du Bay

Pwll Du Bay Swansea

Here at the Dragon Hotel we love spending the day at the beach. The sand between our toes, panoramic views, and maybe a quick paddle in the sea if it’s warm enough; so we thought we’d share our seaside passion with a series of beach reviews.

Have you read our previous post about Limeslade Bay? Well, here we introduce the second bay in our beach series – Pwll Du Bay.

About Pwll Du Bay

Although Pwll Du translates as ‘Black Pool’, this beach is nothing like the illuminated resort of the north. Pwll Du is a secluded and sheltered bay that is peaceful and unspoilt. It is picturesque and the perfect location for a romantic picnic or bird watching.

Located on the Gower Peninsula, there are uninterrupted views out across the bay, and with sheltered coves this a safe and protected spot. Pwll Du is a popular stop for ramblers who enjoy a walk along the beautiful Welsh coastline. And it’s easy to see why, this is wild Wales at its most scenic.


Due to its remoteness there are no facilities at the bay. The nearest car parks and toilets can be found at Bishopston, Pennard and Caswell. There is also no wheelchair access or lifeguard on duty. This is the price you must pay for peace and tranquillity. Dogs are allowed at any time of year though.

How to Get There

Access to the beach must be taken by foot. It can be reached either by Brandy Cove which is around 20 minutes away, through Pennard or Bishopston Valley, which are both an hours’ walk.

In order to reach these paths you can follow the coastal road west from Swansea, through the Mumbles to Bishopston where you can park your car. Or bus number 14 can be taken Monday to Saturday, from Swansea city centre, to Kittle where the path starts. If you wish to visit on Sunday look out for the 114.

Pwll Du Bay is inaccessible by train. The nearest station is in Swansea city centre.

Pwll Du Bay Accommodation

Does Pwll Du Bay sound like a rural dream to you? Then it may be worth a visit during your stay in Swansea.

Construction in this area would spoil the countryside and the remote appeal of the place. Therefore accommodation is set back a bit from the bay. The Dragon Hotel is only 20 minutes away and therefore is a brilliant location if you wish to explore Pwll Du one day, and the city centre the next.

And if the sea is too cold for a swim, we have an 18 metre heated indoor swimming pool for when you get back. So get your goggles ready!