Joined at low tide, separated at high-tide; Langland and Rotherslade are rich in history and although only 750 metres across, there’s enough to see and do to keep visitors coming back day after day. At the foot of the steep Rotherslade Road, a short drive from Mumbles or a brisk walk along the cliff path lies Rotherslade Bay or “Little Langland” as it is known locally.
With its picturesque huts perched on the cliff-tops overlooking the small, pebbled beach below, Rotherslade has the look and feel of a painting. Little wonder then that famous impressionist artist, Alfred Sisley, painted at least 11 views across the bay when he stayed in what was once the Osbourne Hotel (now a modern apartment complex) during his honeymoon in 1897. At the head of Rotherslade stands a terrace with steps leading to the beach and a small café serving refreshments for most of the year.
Once home to a popular dancehall, the site is ideal during the summer months for beach BBQs and in the winter, a great place to watch the tide surging against the steps creating huge waves.
A very short walk away is the famous Langland Bay. Recognisable by its row of green and white beach huts, the bay has been a popular destination since the late 19th century and has something for everyone. For the energetic, there’s surfing, paddle boarding and kayaking; for others, the tennis courts and award winning 18-hole golf course have their appeal, and everyone can enjoy the two cafés and delightful restaurant – Langland Brasserie.
Fondly known as Langland “Bras”, the dog-friendly venue (outside only) serves a wonderful range of freshly caught seafood, steaks and has a good vegetarian menu to go with their extensive wine list. They also serve tea, coffee and light bites throughout the day so if the beach-life is getting too much, venture inside! A great combination of fun activities and unwinding can be had at both beaches so make sure they are on your list to visit.