Penmaen and Nicholaston are nestled at the foot of the gentle slopes of Cefn Bryn
Penmaen and Nicholaston are nestled at the foot of the gentle slopes of Cefn Bryn, the hill that dominates the centre of the peninsula, about a mile West of Parkmill. Both are fortunate enough to have stunning views over the surrounding countryside and the beaches of Three Cliffs Bay, Tor Bay, Nicholaston Burrows and Oxwich Bay are all within easy walking distance.
The landscape in this area is quite diverse, which just adds to the beauty. Grassed fields, fresh water rivers flowing to the sea, limestone cliffs and woodlands leading down through sand dunes to the glorious sandy beaches. (I suppose that I am biased. This is my favourite part of Gower).
The most dominant building in Penmaen is that of the former workhouse, which is now a nursing home. The imposing Nicholaston House, which was originally built by a retired sea captain in the 1880’s, stands majestically to the North and is now a Christian retreat centre.
There is a small cafe and farm shop in Nicholaston that also offers seasonal “pick your own”. They are open between 8am and 6pm every day and there is a variety of fruit and veg on offer including potatoes, broad beans, asparagus, strawberries, currants, gooseberries and rhubarb.
The village of Oxwich is located at the Western end of the bay.
Nicholaston Burrows is much quieter than the Western end of Oxwich Bay because of its relative isolation.
Tor Bay is a large sandy beach that is shaped like a horseshoe.
Three Cliff Bay is one of the most photographed areas of Gower and is also commonly known as Three Cliffs.
This is where it gets really exciting. A wooded valley with a fresh water river (Pennard Pill) meandering through a vast open space surrounded by sand dunes and limestone features before flowing into the sea. Great.
The original church was probably on the burrows above Three Cliffs Bay. This was besanded in the early 14th century, and probably directly replaced by the present one.
The earlier church was nearer the sea, and the present one built in the 14th century. A medieval tombstone stands in the porch, and the font is probably the original Norman from the first church.
Please view the area map below to get your bearings and familiarise yourself with the roads. The table shows the approximate travelling times by car, from Penmaen, to the various villages.
Map of the Gower Peninsula
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