Tor Bay

Sandwiched between the sands of Oxwich and Three Cliffs, Tor Bay is best reached via a one mile footpath from the village of Penmaen. From the large limekiln on the cliff top overlooking the bay, a track then leads down a rather steep slope onto the beach itself.

Tor Bay

Great Tor

The most notable feature of Tor Bay is Great Tor, an immense rock face of limestone dividing the beach from Three Cliffs Bay at high tide. This crag is extrememly popular amongst rock climbers, who can often be seen scrambling up the vertical rock walls, securing themselves with ropes as they slowly progress to the summit.

Great Tor

Leather's Hole Cave

Accessible only to these climbers on Great Tor is the prehistoric bone cave – Leather's Hole. Only a small passage is visible on the surface of the rock (some thirty feet from its height), but this leads, via a long crawl through a very narrow tunnel, into the very heart of the Tor. The first central chamber of Leather's Hole (measuring forty feet long by twelve feet high by eight feet wide) is divided by a small arch from a second, thirty foot long, chamber.

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