Broughton Bay

Pronounced Bruffton, this quite large and very sandy bay is very popular with caravan enthusiasts - there being two caravan parks situated at each end of the beach. The two parks, however, are not directly linked by road, the site at the southern end being accessible by the road from Llangennith, whilst the park at the northern end of the bay can only be reached by the road leading from Llanmadoc.

Broughton Bay

In past ages, the bay used to be regularly visited by sailing vessels up to 700 tons. These were able to anchor here up until around the 1850s, after which the sand of the Burry Estuary silted the bay too heavily to afford their traffic.

Beachcombing the Sands

The sands here can shift quite drastically with the tides, especially after a gale. At low tides, after the sands have shifted, many a rewarding find have been discovered by walking this stretch of beach.  Not so long ago, the handle of a 17th Century sword was discovered, protruding from the sands like King Arthur's Excalibur itself. The handle had become separated from the blade itself but, remarkably, this also was found, and by the same man, a few days later whilst patrolling the same stretch of bay. Historians and archeologists all insist that this area still has a lot of treasure to disclose to the lucky beachcomber. 


At the northern end of the bay, set high amongst the cliff, lays the twin entrance of Spritsail Tor Cave. Discovered in 1839 whilst quarrying the rock here, remains of Ice-Age animals and two fragments of worked bone suggest that the cave was occupied by Palaeolithic man. Further animal and human bones were also uncovered here, along with fragments of pottery, detailing how the cave later came to be used as for domestic and funerary use during the Roman occupation of the area.

To the south-east of the bay, at Foxhole Point, a deep but shallow sea cave with a clean, sandy floor can be found.

The southern end of the bay gives access, at low tide only to a series of small coves, the largest of which is Blue Pool Bay.

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