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Rotherslade Bay Beach In Wales – A Complete Guide

Rotherslade Bay beach is a small sandy beach located close to the pretty seaside village of Mumbles in Wales. Here is a complete guide.

How To Get To Rotherslade Bay Beach

Rotherslade Bay beach is about 5 miles from the City of Swansea and just round the corner from the village of Mumbles, on the southern coast of Wales.

On Foot

It is a short walk from the village of Mumbles to Rotherslade Bay beach. There is a scenic cliff path walk that you can follow.

Bus

There are regular buses from the village of Mumbles and the journey takes approximately 7 minutes.

Car

Rotherslade Bay beach is a 5 mile (8 km) drive from Swansea and will take approximately 20 minutes.

From the village of Mumbles it is just under a 1 mile (1.1km) drive and will take approximately 3-4 minutes.

There is no car park at Rotherslade Bay Beach but you can park at Langland car park, Langland Bay Road (SA3 4QZ). This is car park is a short walk away from Rotherslade Bay Beach.

This is a large pay-and-display car park that takes cash or card. Charges are from £1.50 for 1 hour up to £6 all day from the first of March to the end of October. (It is cheaper during the winter months.)

For those short on time, or that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.

Rotherslade Bay Beach Entrance Fee

It is free to visit Rotherslade Bay Beach.

Rotherslade Bay Beach Opening Times

Rotherslade Bay Beach is open all day, every day.

Although it may be worth checking the tide before visiting.

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The entrance to the tiny beach.

Best Times To Visit Rotherslade Bay Beach

This part of the Welsh coast is very popular with tourists and gets busy during the summer, especially at weekends and during the school holidays. So avoid these times if you prefer to it a bit quieter.

The beach is only accessible via a series of steps. There is no wheelchair access to the beach.

The local car parks fill up very quickly, so get there early if looking for a parking space.

If you prefer a Life Guard service to be available on the beach when you visit, you can take the short walk round to Langland Bay beach once the tide is out, and you will find Life Guards there during the summer.

There are public toilets available near the cafe at the top of the terrace.

What To Pack

Photography Camera

Tripod

Day Bag

Power Bank

Reusable Water Bottle

Sunscreen

Lightweight Rain Jacket

Quick Dry Towel

GoPro

Lifeproof Phone Case

Dry Bag

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The small walkway at the top of Rotherslade Bay.

What To Expect At Rotherslade Bay Beach

Rotherslade Bay beach is a small, sand and shingle beach, backed by cliffs and rocky outcrops to either side of it.

In fact it was the smallest beach we visited on our Wales itinerary, so don’t expect anything like Barafundle Bay or Llangrannog Beach.

Situated at the eastern end of Langland Bay beach, Rotherslade Bay beach was previously known as ‘Little Langland’ due to it only existing as a separate beach at high tide. At low tide it is continuous with Langland Bay beach.

This is a family friendly little beach with lots of sand for the children to play on and when the tide goes out you will find great little rock pools to explore and search for marine life.

It’s also a great beach for water sports enthusiasts and especially loved by keen surfers.

Rotherslade Bay beach has been awarded both Blue Flag and Seaside Awards. (Please note there is no lifeguard service at Rotherslade Bay beach.)

At the back of the beach you will find a series of landscaped terraces and steps that was built to replace a derelict dance hall. This a great place to take a seat and enjoy the views across the bay, you may even spot a seal or two!

Also, I’m not sure if they’re there every morning, but we were met by small rocks with cute messages on them scattered across the public benches.

On the top level of the terrace there is a small cafe which is open most days of the year. The cafe has outside seating that overlooks the beach.

The cliff path from the Mumbles to Langland Bay runs directly outside the cafe.

Dogs are not allowed on Rotherslade Bay beach from the 1st May to 30th September.

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The benches where we found the small rocks left.
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An example of the notes left on the rocks.
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The view from the benches at Rotherslade Bay Beach.
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The bay from a distance when walking the coastal trail towards Mumbles.

Where To Stay In South Wales

Luxury

Swansea Valley Holiday Cottages

Just 2 miles from Pontardawe, Swansea Valley Holiday Cottages feature family-run, self-catering accommodation on a farm, 10 miles from Gower Peninsula and 8 miles from Brecon Beacons National Park.

Free Wi-Fi and free private parking are provided.

Set in traditional stone buildings, the cottages sit in a 100-acre property offering panoramic views of the Welsh countryside.

They all come with a fully equipped kitchen, an outdoor dining area with BBQ facilities and a living room.

Some cottages also offer a washing machine and tumble dryer. They either have river views or courtyard views. One also has a private garden.

Mid-Budget

Morgans Hotel

In Swansea’s historic Maritime Quarter, Morgans Hotel provides luxurious rooms with free Wi-Fi, 5 minutes’ walk from the city centre.

This grade II listed building also has a relaxed restaurant and a stylish bar.

Equipped with a flat-screen TV and a sleek private bathroom with toiletries, each air-conditioned room also has Egyptian cotton bedding. Rooms in the separate Townhouse all boast elegant hardwood floors and some rooms are air-conditioned.

Guests dine in the boardroom of this former home of the Port Authority. A modern European menu is on offer, whilst Morgans Bar has sofas, cocktails, chilled beers and wines from around the globe.

This property is 10 minutes walk from the beach.

Budget

Neon 160

Neon 160 is set in Swansea, 0.6 miles from Swansea Marina and 1.1 miles from Cathedral Church of St Joseph.

Among the facilities at this property are a shared kitchen and a shared lounge, along with free WiFi throughout the property.

The property is close to popular attractions like Loughor Castle, Gower College Swansea and Swansea Crown Court.

Selected rooms also offer a kitchen with a microwave, a fridge and an oven.

For more places to stay in Wales, you can check the latest prices on Booking.com.

Planning Your Trip

Book Your Flight

Use Skyscanner to find a cheap flight. 

They search websites and airlines around the globe to find you the best possible routes and prices.

Book Your Accommodation

Use Booking.com to find the best accommodation deals.

They consistently return the cheapest rates on everything from guesthouses to hotels for all of your budget needs.

Don’t Forget Travel Insurance

Use SafetyWing to find the best travel insurance for you.

They provide travel and medical incident insurance built specifically for digital nomads.

Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations.

Book Your Tours & Activities

Use GetYourGuide to book your activities in advance.

They sell the best tours, excursions and activities to attractions around the world.

Conveniently book, download and access your tickets on the move all from your mobile. 

Book Your Rental Car

Use RentalCars.com to find the best deals on rental cars in the area.

They compare all major car rental companies and allow you to easily book the perfect vehicle for your trip.

Buy Those Last Minute Bits

Use Amazon to buy everything you need for your adventure.

They offer next day delivery and you can use my travel packing checklist to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything.


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