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Where to park

  • There is a National Trust pay and display car park in Southgate. The OS grid reference is SS554874.
  • Parking is free for National Trust members if you scan your membership card.

General information

  • Some of the paths on this walk are steep and sandy.
  • If you do the complete walk from Southgate to Pennard Castle and back to Southgate this will take 2/3 hours.
  • If you want to do a shorter walk, you can walk from Southgate to Pobbles Bay and back.
  • Use our ‘Look it up’ pages to identify and learn more about the things you find and see on your walk.
  • Remember! If you find interesting any flowers or any creatures that are alive, look at them, identify them, take photos of them but please leave them where you find them.


  • There is a shop and café near the car park.

Where to walk

  • From the car park, face the sea and turn to your right. Walk along the road past the houses. There are many flowers growing on the grass verges.
  • Just before the end of the road, turn onto the footpath and continue walking in the same direction. You will soon see the beautiful view of Oxwich Bay and Cefn Bryn.
  • The footpath turns to the right and starts to go downhill towards Pobbles Bay. Look for the grassy, anthill humps!
  • At the bottom of the valley, there is a sign post showing the way to Pobbles Bay. Pobbles Bay is good place for fossil-hunting and exploring the seashore.

  • If you want to continue the walk to Pennard Castle, go back to the signpost and follow the path up the side of the valley in the direction of Pennard Castle. This is a steep section of the path.
  • The path is to the castle is undulating with steep sections. You will soon see the thirteenth-century castle in front of you. Enjoy the spectacular view of the valley below the castle. Why do think this was a good place to build a castle?
  • Return to Southgate by the way you came.

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