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Llangennith, South Wales

Llangennith

Overview
A spit of land jutting into the Atlantic from the South Wales coastline, Llangennith has been the haunt for many a hardened wave warrior over the years. With its multiple choice of put in spots, including open beaches, sheltered flat water paddling options and hard core wave spots, ‘Gennith is perfect for stand up paddling.

Conditions
Llangennith serves as the main indicator wave spot for the whole of the Gower Peninsula. If it’s firing here then chances are many of the other gems in the vicinity will be cooking.

Llangennith

But it’s not all about banging surf. During calmer, flatter periods the bay offers fantastic touring SUP opportunities with Worm’s Head just begging to be explored. Heading to the right and you’ll find the mouth of the estuary opening up – just watch the superfast tidal flow that runs in and out.

Llangennith itself is a swell magnet and picks up waves born of deep Atlantic low pressure systems. East winds are offshore and it’s not uncommon to be faced with a seemingly impenetrable procession of white water walls that are relentless with big swells. The paddle out at Llangennith on solid days will test even the best.

If it’s onshore or stormy at Llangennith then it could be worth heading over to Oxwich that serves as a bolt hole for when big winds whip up. And for those who charge, the famous Gower Reefs are located in this neck of the woods, although many aren’t for the faint of heart.

Launching
There’s a long walk from the car park or campsite to the water’s edge – especially at low tide. You’ll have to trek over the sand dunes with your kit before trudging towards the waves. It’s all sand, however, with plenty of room for putting in.

After a full session of surf, and the seemingly endless walk back, that après beer will feel all the more deserved!

Amenities
Right on site at Llangennith is a campsite and café that welcome the tourist masses every year. Toilets and car parking are also available but everything is done on a first come, first served basis. In summer ‘Gennith gets super busy so it may be worth hitting the beach early. Parking charges can also be hefty in high season.

Ten minutes’ walk away from the beach you’ll find the sleepy village which boasts quite a lively pub – the King’s Head – in summer. Directly opposite you’ll find PJ’s surf shop where you’ll be able to pick up spares.

Llangennith Google Map

Hazards
Endless walls of white water and large Atlantic surf can be a problem on larger days – as can rips and tidal currents. If you decide to hit up some of the other breaks in the area then note where the dangers lie as some breaks are quite unforgiving.

Summing up
Llangennith offers a massive sandy expanse of prime Welsh surfing real estate. Noted as an area of outstanding natural beauty, this part of Wales has many fans and is perfect for stand up paddle boarding.

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About thepaddlerezine (265 Articles)
Editor of The Paddler ezine and Publisher of Stand Up Paddle Mag UK and WindsurfingUK magazines

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