Langland Bay is located in the administrative county of the City of Swansea, South Wales. Langland is located between the towns of Caswell to the west and Mumbles to the east on the south east coast of the Gower Peninsula. It has a fantastic beach, known as Langland Bay, which nestles between the headlands of Snaple Point and Rams Tor.
The wide sands of Langland beach are a delight for young and old alike. Surfing and windsurfing are very popular and the wide expanse of sand make it a favourite for walks, while the rocky outcrops make the beach a favourite for rock pooling, catching all those crabs, or for family fun playing on the sands. The huge tidal range leaves plenty of room for all to enjoy the golden sands.
Set further back from the beach, in Langland itself, are a number of large Victorian buildings that were fine hotels in their heydays. The most impressive is Llan-y-Llan, a huge building built by the Crawshay family, the Merthyr Tydfil Ironmasters. It is a Gothic building in the Scottish baronial style that dominates the village. Once a popular hotel it now serves as Langland Bay Manor and has been converted into luxury apartments.
Walks, Cycle Trails and Other Activities
It is a pleasant walk around the bay from Snaple Point, following the Gower Coastal Path, past Langland Golf Course and along the small promenade toward the east end of the Bay. Continue around the headland to the Mumbles and Mumbles Pier, via Limeslade Bay and Bracelet Bay. Alternatively head west from Snaple Point round Newton Cliff to Caswell Bay. It is an easy, safe walk with some delightful views of the Gower coastline.
Set back from the beach is an odd mix of tiny beach huts and huge baronial manor houses. The traditional brightly painted beach huts that line the seafront were popular in the early 20th century and indeed, they are still as popular today with an annual lottery to decide who is fortunate to rent them out for the season. Although many of the beach huts are in dire need of repair it seems they go like hot cakes, if and when they become available for hire.
Accommodation and Services
Accommodation can be found in the Langland Bay Manor apartments, and hotels and holiday cottages nearby. It can be a bit disconcerting when entering Langland if you take the road downhill to the eastern end of the beach as there appears to be nowhere to park. However, there are two large Pay and Display car parks in the centre. Hot and cold snacks are available from the Balcony Snack Bar at the east end of the beach, although opening times are seasonal. Public showers are available near the beach and a St John Ambulance Hut and Information Office operate at peak times. The local council operate a Surf Lifeguard service at the beach from the end of May to the beginning of September.