Known for beautiful beaches, heather-clad moors, and rugged southwest coastline, wander through the Whiteford Burrows Nature Reserve and the Llanrhidian Marsh SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest), where Oystercatchers and Turnstones nestle in rare flora of early marsh orchid and dune gentian. Continuing to Rhossili village, our route takes in the famous “Worm’s Head”, the most westerly point on the Gower Peninsula and the fascinating ruins of the Salt House. We explore the Oxwich Burrows National Nature Reserve on or way to the spectacular Three Cliffs Bay, where lizards come to sun themselves on warm days. The Mumbles lighthouse marks the end of our Welsh odyssey, an enduring symbol of this beautiful coastal landscape.
Our start point is a lovely boutique hotel in the heart of the Bishopston Valley just a short distance from The Mumbles. In the evening our guide will hold a welcome meeting to discuss the week ahead, give advice and answer any questions. We'll then have our first meal together.
We begin with a transfer to Llanrhidian Salt Marsh, an area designated an Area of Special Scientific Interest. It is also covered by the sea at high tide so we'll start at a brisk pace! We also enjoy the Whiteford Burrows Nature Reserve, a protected area full of rare flora and numerous species of bird including wildfowl and waders. Our day continues with a traverse of the dunes of Rhossili Bay to see one of the UK's most beautiful beaches where we end our first day's walk.
From Rhossili Bay, we set out for Worm's Head. This rocky promontory offers sweeping views of Rhossili Bay. If tides allow we'll explore the promontory itself. Looking back on the 5km stretch of Rhossili Bay's sands, few would argue it's not worth the detour. Back on the mainland, we enjoy a clifftop walk to Port Eynon. Again tide permitting, we may explore the ruins of the Salt House. We then transfer back to our base.
Leaving behind sandy beaches as we head to the limestone cliffs, we walk through Oxwich Burrows National Nature Reserve. Here there is a rare mix of fresh and salt marshes, cliffs and woodland and another of the Welsh coast's beautiful beaches. We then come to Three Cliffs Bay where in summer lizards can be seen basking in the sun. There should also be visibility to Pennard Castle, originally built in the 12th century, though the stone ruins on show today are from a rebuild in the 13th and 14th centuries.
The final section of the path leads from Southgate along high cliffs to Pwlldu Head. The bays and coves along the way are gloriously untouched and as we reach the end of the headland the Mumbles Lighthouse appears in the distance, standing proudly for over 200 years just off the coast on a small island. The seaside town of Mumbles itself lies just a little further on, marking the end of the Gower Coastal Path and a fitting way to end our journey.
Time to say goodbye to this beautiful corner of Wales.
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Wonderful scenery in a quiet, unspoilt area of the UK. Great group of fellow walkers and a friendly and enthusiastic leader.
Really enjoyable short break walking the Gower Coastal path. The scenery is surprisingly varied - from salt marsh to rugged cliffs and vast sandy beaches. The walking is mainly on well defined paths with a few rocky sections. There are some steep ascents (rewarded by amazing views) and descents but they are relatively short. The Gower Hotel is a great base for the trip. The staff are really friendly and there is a nice bar and restaurant. We had an excellent local guide (Cari) who passed on lots of interesting info during the walks. She was also really helpful in arranging lunches and dinners for the nights we didn’t eat at the hotel. The visit to the Gower Gin distillery (which included a very generous gin tasting !) was an enjoyable addition to the itinerary.
We had such a good 4 days of walking, lucky enough to be blessed with a friendly, chatty group and perfect walking weather, dry, mostly sunshine but not too hot. The route has a surprising amount of variety, shaded woodland, marshes, glorious golden sandy beaches, cliffs, coves, rocky shores and seaside resorts. The itinerary was relaxed enough to enable several members of the group to have a brief swim each day. The unexpected opportunity to visit Gower Gin, a micro distillery, was thoroughly enjoyed by us all! Be aware that, unlike many Exodus trips, this is not an all-inclusive holiday. This did result in a few problems organising food.
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This 5 night guided walking holiday includes:
All breakfasts and one dinner
All transport and listed activities
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This holiday is operated by our sister company, Exodus
5 nights hotel
4 days centre-based walking
Group normally 4 to 12, plus leader