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Where to park

There is a large car park in Oxwich village. Payment is collected at the entrance to the car park. The OS grid reference of the car park is SS501865.

General information

  • These walks take you through the Oxwich National Nature reserve. The reserve has a rich variety of habitats including dunes, freshwater marsh, salt marsh, dunes and woodland so there is a huge variety of wildlife. If you visit after dusk you may even see bats flying.
  • As this is such a varied area we have suggested two walks which will enable to explore different parts of the nature reserve.
  • The dunes and nature reserve are not suitable for buggies.
  • 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 are several places to eat in Oxwich
  • There is a small shop opposite the car park

Walk One – The Wales Coast Path through the dunes

  • This walk is about 4 miles long and follows part of the Wales Coast Path and is signposted.
  • Walk away from the sea towards the main entrance to the car park. There is a low stone wall on your right hand side. The gap in the wall leads to one of the footpaths through the reserve.
  • Follow the footpath across the burrows. There are signposts marking the Wales Coast Path but there is a network of other paths which go in the same direction.
  • As you walk, look and listen! The reserve is home to many different types of flowers, insects and reptiles. Use our ‘Look it up’ pages to help you identify the things you find.
  • Sometimes the path passes through small wooded areas where you may find different flowers and see different animals.
  • Eventually, the path passes along the edge of the marsh. Walk along the boardwalks to see the plants and animals living in the water.
  • After you leave the boardwalk, continue to follow the path until you reach Nicholaston Pill, the stream which flows onto Oxwich Beach. You may like to see if there are any small fish swimming in the pill.
  • Turn right before you cross the bridge and walk down to the beach. Turn right when you reach the beach and walk towards Oxwich Village. You may like to walk along the strandline. This is the highest point where the sea reached at high tide and where you can find many interesting things washed up by the sea. You can use our ‘Look it up’ page ‘Seashore’ to help you identify the things you find.

Walk Two – Beach and Dunes

  • If you wish to have a shorter walk, you can also explore the area by walking along the beach and climbing into the dunes.
  • From the car park walk onto the beach and turn to the left. Walk along the beach and you will find paths going up into the dunes. Use the paths to climb up the dunes from the shore and walk down the other side into the next area of dunes.
  • As you walk into the dunes from the sea shore, you’ll see that the edge of the sand dune areas have scratchy grasses growing on them. Mind your legs! They are Marram grass and Lyme grass and they help to stop the sand blowing away.
  • This part of the reserve, behind the beach, is made up of sand dunes and hollows between the dunes which are called slacks. The slacks are often damp after filling with water during the winter. Both the sand dunes and slacks are covered with flowers, but you will find that there are different flowers in the slacks. Use the ‘Look it up’ pages to see if you identify the flowers and learn more about them.

  • When you have finished exploring the dunes, find a path which leads back to the beach where you can go beachcombing. Oxwich beach is also a good place to find lugworm casts on the wet sand when the tide is out.

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