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Oxwich Camping Park

UK Wales The Gower

Oxwich Camping Park, Oxwich, Gower, SA3 1LS

Traditional tent camping a stroll from the beach, woods and marshes of Oxwich Bay
Oxwich is a sort of a microcosm; a pleasant village spot that has everything you need. It’s as though someone has gone through a Dummies Guide to Quaint Villages and picked out one of every item to build. How many spots can boast a campsite, hotel, restaurant, 12th-century church, 14th-century castle, a beach, a bank of woods and a fertile marshland awash with wildlife.

Appealing as it is to have plenty of amenities though, this isn’t a place burgeoning into a bustling town. Far from it. Oxwich remains small and wonderfully untarnished, with a sleepy winter to itself before summers arrive and campers spill out onto the beach and the surrounding coastal path.

Enjoying the tourist-busy summers but steering itself away from commercialism and the sterile white plastic of the caravan contingent, Oxwich Camping Park is the place to head for those with a tent under their arm and a bucket and spade in the boot. The site has the utilities you need – showers, laundry and a plug to charge your phone – without the non-tenting extras you don't, like electrical hook-ups, satellite TV connection and swathes of gravel hardstandings. And, while they purposefully try and avoid that commercial humdrum (there’s no onsite shop so you’ll have to use the minimart down the road) there’s still the gift of a heated swimming pool – a wonderful addition to the site and unobstructed by holiday park aqua aerobics or underwater zumba.

The camping fields themselves are a pair of large grassy meadows, divided by the central tarmac track that leads into the site and up to the reception and ablutions building. Mature trees line the edges along with a long line that form another partial hedge. They give the sense of a third, more private meadow, though really the site is all one big, inclusive space. From one edge you can walk into the trees that back Oxwich Marsh and follow a short trail down to the beach. The vast expanse of sand enjoys a long tidal range, so when the sea recedes kids can run wild on the flat beach, flinging the frisbee or building a sand fort and preparing for the waters to return!

When the tide does begin to shrink the sands once more, head back up to the peninsula and explore Oxwich Wood or venture down the road to PJ’s Surf Shop. Board under arm, the waves can give you all they’ve got and you’re still guaranteed a hot shower at the end of it. What more could you want from a coastal campsite?

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