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The Gower Peninsula: Designated an area of outstanding natural beauty.

 Approximately one and a half hours drive from Bryn-y-Ddafad is the Gower Peninsula. Take the M4 motorway to the West and exit at the signs to Swansea. Take the coast road which skirts the city and along the section of coast known as Mumbles and drive to the

The Gower Peninsula

Britain’s first designated area of outstanding natural beauty.

The beaches of Swansea Bay, Mumbles and the Gower Peninsula are some of Great Britain's most stunning coastline. Swansea itself is centred on the five-mile sweep of Swansea Bay, while less than 15 minutes from the City is Gower, home to around 50 unspoilt beaches, coves and bays.

Rhossili_Bay.jpg (Rhossili_Bay.jpg)At the western end of Gower, the village of Rhossili, a gateway for walkers and beach lovers, lies above the dazzling sandy crescent of Rhossili Bay.   The terrain west of the village is largely owned by the National Trust, and for most of the year there is a helpful NT information centre where important information such as tide times can be found. In the church there is a memorial to Petty Officer Evans, who was born here and perished with Scott in the Antarctic in 1912.  Rossili Bay was voted the best beach in the UK in 2010 and is the most westerly bay on the Gower peninsula . It is the largest expanse of white sand on Gower stretching for three miles to the islet of Burry Holms and is regarded as one of Europe’s great beaches. It is broken only by the skeletal remains of wrecked ships, most notably Gower’s best known wreck, the Norwegian barque Helvetia, which was driven onto the beach in a gale in 1887. It is the most consistent surfing beach on Gower, with the biggest waves at the north end at Llangennith. It is a dramatic environment with Rhossili Downs towering above the vast expanse of beach that stretches three miles. For spectacular panoramic views over the bay why not walk up Rhossili Downs, the climb and views will take your breath away, but well worth it! 

Worms_Head_1.jpg (Worms_Head_1.jpg)Heading west along the cliff path towards the end of the peninsula is Worm's Head, a mile long serpent-like promontory jutting out into the ocean. To access the beach; a good path leads down the side of the cliffs, but it’s a steep climb back up to the car park. At low tide there is a huge expanse of beach. It is possible to walk across the bay to Llangennith or even cross onto the Worms Head. Keep an eye on the tide though, to ensure that you don't become cut off. There is always some sand, even at high tide.  Many different birds nest on the cliffs, so don't forget your binoculars!

 

 

From the southern side of the headland there are magnificent views of the South Gower coast to Port Eynon Point, with cove after cove receding into the distance, battered by rolling waves. Below is Fall Bay, with its raised beach of conglomerate shells. Beyond it is secluded Mewslade Bay, dominated by the white limestone pinnacle of Thurba Head, which is crowned by the remains of an Iron Age hill fort. Fall bay is one of the hardest to reach bays on Gower, however the walk is well worth it and the beach is never crowded due to its remoteness. The walk to the beach, leads down from Rhossili village hall, through fields and over many stiles. The final descent is quite steep and the rocks are slippery in places. At very low tide it is possible to walk around to Mewslade from Fall Bay. 

Mewslade bay is probably one of the prettiest bays on Gower. The short walk to the beach, leads down a wooded path and then through the valley which is owned by the National Trust.  There is no beach at high tide, but it is very pleasant to watch the sea crashing against the rocks.