GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Pwll Du Circular Walk

4 miles (5.8 km)

This circular walk explores the area around the National Trust's Pwll Du Bay on the Gower Peninsula.
The beautiful bay and beach are regarded as something of a Gower hidden gem. There is no immediate parking so it's a peaceful and secluded spot to visit.
The route starts at the Southgate National Trust car park just west of the bay. You can then follow footpaths east along the coast to Pwll Du Head and then on to the beach at Pwll Du Bay. There's some steps down to the beach which means 'Black Pool' in English.
The route then heads through the delightful Bishopston Valley where you can enjoy some shady woodland trails, river paths and secret little caves. The route then heads west from here through Lockway Wood to return to the car park.


SA3 2DH - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Pwll Du Circular Walk OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Pwll Du Circular Walk Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

The area is located near to Swansea and the famous Mumbles. To explore this area you could pick up the Mumbles to Langland and Caswell Bay Walk just to the east at Caswell Bay.
To the west is the lovely Oxwich Bay, another major highlight of this area.


National Trust hut and car park at Southgate - - 1518361

National Trust hut and car park at Southgate

Pwlldu Bay, Gower - - 2447714

Pwlldu Bay, Gower

Pwlldu Bay looking towards Pwlldu Head - - 44916

Pwlldu Bay looking towards Pwlldu Head. National Trust owned. Used to be a site for limestone mining. This lovely cove is backed by extensive woodland, and is stunning.

Cliffs and slopes on the Southgate Coast - - 3055899

Cliffs and slopes on the Southgate Coast

Limestone Cliffs at Pwlldu Head - - 461811

Limestone Cliffs at Pwlldu Head

Deep Slade near Southgate - - 3055878

Deep Slade near Southgate

Pwlldu Pebbles - - 796717

Pwlldu Pebbles. The stream that flows down this valley is dammed up by this great bank of pebbles to form a black pool, or pwll du. The stream has no mouth and just seeps through the bank into the sea. The cottages were built for quarrymen who quarried limestone from the cliff out of sight to the left of the photograph. The limestone was dragged down the slope and loaded onto boats and taken across the Severn estuary to Devon.

Footbridge near the Bishopston Valley - - 2447677

Footbridge near the Bishopston Valley


GPS Files

GPX File

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