BEACHES IN SWANSEA – HORTON BEACH
Have you been following our series of blogs on the best beaches in Swansea and the surrounding southern coast? Well, our new favourite has to be Horton Beach!
ABOUT HORTON BEACH
Horton beach is a gorgeously sandy beach in the South Gower which shares its bay with nearby Port Eynon. This long, sandy beach is safe and clean so it is the perfect place for family fun and watersport enthusiasts.
This is a beach that everyone is sure to love – even history buffs! Horton beach is the final resting place of the Prince Ivanhoe, a pleasure craft that got into trouble off the coast in 1981 and was sailed up to the beach so those on board could safely disembark. Visitors today may notice the two yellow buoys in the centre of the bay which mark where the remains of the ship lie.
Horton village is very pretty too. Small and compact, this quaint village has everything a coastal town should have. Located on top of a steep hill, the homes here have beautiful views out across the stretch to the beach and further out to sea, while being surrounded by rich agricultural land.
Horton Beach is an ideal location to spend a day out if you are looking for things to do in Swansea. It is particularly popular with young families as there is a lifeguard on duty during the summer months (May to September), which gives parents added peace of mind.
Horton is also well-loved for its fabulous facilities. The car park is just 100m away from the beach meaning there is no need to carry your wind breakers and towels for miles before you hit the sand. Plus there are toilets very nearby.
If you’re a fan of watersports then this is the beach for you. There’s a slipway to the beach which is frequently used by divers, surfers and boat owners, plus windsurfers are a regular site at Horton. Swimming is quite safe here, but there are some isolated rocky patches near the slipway and to the right of the bay, so watch where you step!
Once you’re done with your day in the surf take the short 400m walk for some delicious refreshments. And Rex the dog can come too! Dogs are allowed on the beach, however only during certain months of the year.
HOW TO GET THERE
Horton village and beach are both easily accessible from Swansea city and the surrounding areas via public transport. You can catch a bus from just 100m from the beach. The beach is, however, on the other side of Swansea, so expect around a 40minute journey to travel the 17miles from the city centre.
Driving to Horton Beach is simple! Drivers should follow the A4118 from the city all the way to Port Eynon, Horton’s sister village. The beach can be found at SA3 1LB, should you be using a sat nav.
NEED A HOTEL NEAR HORTON BEACH?
Swansea Gower is one of the most beautiful parts of the country, but if you’re looking for accommodation near plenty of restaurants, bars and entertainment you may prefer to stay nearer the city centre.
The Dragon Hotel is perfectly located on the Kingsway in Swansea, just a stone’s throw away from the best the city has to offer. And with a modern, clean and stylish interior you’ll be guaranteed a great night sleep here.
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