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Penmaen and Nicholaston Burrows

Penmaen Burrows has a number of important archaeological remains and its position between Three Cliffs Bay and Oxwich Bay makes it a very scenic walk.

Nicholaston Burrows, situated behind the north end of Oxwich Beach, hosts interesting dune flora such as bloody cranesbill, pyramidal orchids and a number of lichen species.

The National Trust acquired both Penmaen Burrows and Nicholaston Burrows in 1967. These fascinating places continue to be managed by the National Trust to conserve their value for wildlife and our heritage.


This is a really varied area consisting of sand dunes, cliffs and woodland. The views (on a clear day) are impressive across the sweeping expanse of Oxwich Beach and in the other direction towards the picturesque Three Cliffs Bay.


  • Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)


  • There is a café, farm shop and camp sites at Nicholaston

Access information

Grid Reference SS532880
OS Explorer Map 164 Gower

Access to this National Trust land is free although donations towards ongoing management of the land is welcomed. There are donation boxes at both National Trust car parks in Penmaen.


There is a footpath through Nicholaston Burrows however, although there are no official rights of way around Penmaen Burrows there are several permissive paths.


There is no on site parking, however, there are two National Trust car parks nearby at either end of the minor road just off A4118 in Penmaen.


There are regular buses (Gower Explorer) from Swansea to Penmaen and Nicholaston.

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