Oxwich Bay


Oxwich Bay
© Geograph

Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Excellent

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Data provided by Natural Resources Wales

This is a long sandy beach with an adjacent Nature Reserve. A slipway provides access for launching boats. Much favoured for water sports with a water taxi available to Pwll Du and Pobbles.


The beach is used for swimming, sailing, windsurfing, boating, canoeing and scuba diving. When conditions are right, the beach is popular with surfers.

Wildlife and Walks

Boardwalks through sand dunes and adjacent Nature Reserve. See here for details of walks in the area: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/rhossili-and-south-gower-coast/lists/top-walks-on-gower

What's tested here?

Water samples are taken at this designated bathing water by Natural Resources Wales, during the bathing season, 15th May to 30th September.
Find out more about designated bathing waters.

High levels of bacteria in the water can indicate pollution from sewage treatment works or polluted rain water draining from the land.
Where does pollution comes from and how can you help?

Water quality can be reduced for up to 72 hours after heavy rain. Look out for temporary signs at the beach and on our website.

Annual classification

2017 Excellent

What does this mean?

At the end of every bathing season the water quality is classified as either:

Excellent — the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest

Good — generally good water quality

Sufficient — meets minimum standards

Poor — You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Data provided by Natural Resources Wales
More information about potential pollution sources and improvement plans.


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Tide times

Potential hazards at this beach

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Lifeguarded locations - top five safety tips

Non-lifeguarded locations For those who can’t make it to a lifeguarded beach

For more information visit rnli.org.uk.

Facilities at Oxwich Bay

Campsite Campsite Food Food Toilets Toilets Bins Bins Slipway Slipway



There is a large car park by the beach.

Dog restrictions


Dogs are allowed: http://www.swansea.gov.uk/dogsonbeaches

Beach cleaning

Beach cleaned regularly.