United Kingdom : Wales

Highlights of the Gower Peninsula Walk

Trip code: W05GW

Self-guided walking

5 nights,
twin centre

Level: 1+
Leisurely plus

11.0Kg CO2e

Headwater
Navigation App

SUMMARY

  • Gower Peninsula - the UK's first AONB
  • Stay in The Mumbles, the gateway to the Gower on Swansea Bay
  • Explore two National Nature Reserves, salt marshes, freshwater pools and sand dunes
  • Discover diverse bird and plant life; Oystercatchers and Turnstones; early marsh orchid and dune gentian

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • 5 nights accommodation
  • All breakfasts
  • Briefing at the start of your holiday
  • Headwater navigation app
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Walking Transfers

TRIP DESCRIPTION

The Gower Peninsula was the UK's first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it was designated as such in 1956 and ranges from the south coast's limestone scenery at Worms Head and Oxwich Bay to the salt-marshes and dune systems in the north.

Our twin-centre walking holiday starts in Mumbles, a headland on the western edge of Swansea Bay. The walks take you along the coast path past pretty bays and coves towards the high cliffs of Three Cliffs Bay where you may spot lizards. You'll pass the ruins of the Norman Pennard Castle and enter Oxwich Burrows National Nature Reserve where over 600 species of plant have been identified, you may also spot reed warblers, sedge warblers and bitterns. Continue along the cliff tops above Rhossili beach with the possibility of crossing the rocky causeway to the tidal island of Worms Head, where grey seals can be seen lazing on the rocks below. Look out for orchids and dune gentians in Whiteford Burrows Nature Reserve and pintails and golden plovers in Llanrhidian Marsh. Towards the end of your route you can visit Weobley Castle, a 14th Century fortified manor house.

You stay in a Victorian guest house in Mumbles and a 17th Century Inn in Llangennith with transfers included to get you to the start, or from the end of your walk.

Terrain

Walking is on a mixture of coastal paths, tracks and through woodland, there are some sections along the sands.

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DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

 

Day 1: Arrive in Mumbles

Arrive in Mumbles, your base for the first three nights.

You stay at Tides Reach.

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Tides Reach, Mumbles

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Tides Reach is an elegant and spacious guest house which overlooks the promenade and has uninterrupted views to Mumbles lighthouse and Swansea Bay. Rooms are comfortable and are named after local places. The breakfast room faces the sea.

Day 2: Mumbles to Southgate (15km/9.3mi)

Leave behind the seaside town bustle of Mumbles and head out along the coast path. Enjoy the pretty bays and coves along the path as you head toward Pwlldu Head. From here the path heads slightly inland toward a small hamlet and the coastal road that takes you into Southgate, where you'll be collected by taxi for your transfer back to Mumbles.

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You stay at Tides Reach.

hotel details

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Tides Reach, Mumbles

HOTEL WEBSITE      TRIP ADVISOR

Shops
Mastercard
Visa
Hairdryer
WiFi
TV


Tides Reach is an elegant and spacious guest house which overlooks the promenade and has uninterrupted views to Mumbles lighthouse and Swansea Bay. Rooms are comfortable and are named after local places. The breakfast room faces the sea.

Day 3: Southgate to Port Eynon (17km/10.6mi)

A transfer takes you back to where you left off yesterday to continue along the path towards the high cliffs of Three Cliffs Bay. Keep your eyes peeled for lizards basking in the sun as you pass through here. If the tide is out there is an optional short cut across the estuary, otherwise take the longer route around, passing the Norman ruins of Pennard Castle. Continue on through Oxwich Burrows National Nature Reserve, rich with wildlife. Leave the vast sandy beach behind as you climb up into Oxwich Woods. As you leave the woods the path flattens out to follow the headland to the village of Port Eynon.

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You stay at Tides Reach.

hotel details

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Tides Reach, Mumbles

HOTEL WEBSITE      TRIP ADVISOR

Shops
Mastercard
Visa
Hairdryer
WiFi
TV


Tides Reach is an elegant and spacious guest house which overlooks the promenade and has uninterrupted views to Mumbles lighthouse and Swansea Bay. Rooms are comfortable and are named after local places. The breakfast room faces the sea.

Day 4: Port Eynon to Llangennith (18km/11.2mi)

Say goodbye to Mumbles as you're transferred to Port Eynon to pick up the coastal path where you left off yesterday. If the tide is out, explore the ruins of Salt House before heading out along the cliff tops towards Rhossili. Here you'll find the spectacular Worm's Head promontory jutting out into the sea. Careful timing with the tides does allow access to Worm's Head itself if you're prepared for a rocky scramble but, if you plan to do this, allow plenty of time to get back before the incoming tide. Continue on the path, high above the 3 mile expanse of the golden sands of Rhossili Beach, before turning inland for the final stretch to Llangennith.

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You stay at Kings Head Inn.

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Kings Head Inn, Llangennith

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The King’s Head is a 17th Century Inn offering a wide range of meals and drinks. Rooms are in a separate building and are all finished to a high standard. All rooms have 28-inch plasma televisions and underfloor heating as standard. You’ll also find tea and coffee making facilities, a cooler and of course each room is en-suite.

Day 5: Llangennith to Llanrhidian (17km/10.6mi)

Walking from the door of your accommodation this morning, rejoin the coastal path and continue toward the rare flora of Whiteford Burrows Nature Reserve. As you pass through the Llanrhidian Marsh SSSI, home to Oystercatcher and Turnstone, it's worth a visit to Weobley Castle, a 14th Century fortified manor house. Complete your walk of the Gower coastal path at Llanrhidian village, from where you'll be transferred back to Llangennith for your final night.

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You stay at Kings Head Inn.

hotel details

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Kings Head Inn, Llangennith

HOTEL WEBSITE      TRIP ADVISOR

Mastercard
Visa
WiFi
TV
Tea/coffee


The King’s Head is a 17th Century Inn offering a wide range of meals and drinks. Rooms are in a separate building and are all finished to a high standard. All rooms have 28-inch plasma televisions and underfloor heating as standard. You’ll also find tea and coffee making facilities, a cooler and of course each room is en-suite.

Day 6: Leave Llangennith

Depart Llangennith after breakfast.

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These tour only prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from $441.

These flight inclusive prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from $441.

TRAVEL DETAILS

Call now to speak to our specialist team at 0044 1606 720199 or email us at sales@headwater.com for enquiries or to book your trip.

REVIEWS

Very helpful and knowledgable. Couldn’t be faulted

Andrew Phillips, 30 Jan 2024

Very helpful service. Good to talk to a real person.

24 Jan 2024

Ease of booking

22 Aug 2023



1 Jan 1970


Self-guided walking

5 nights,
twin centre

Level: 1+
Leisurely plus

11.0Kg CO2e

Headwater
Navigation App

5 nights from $1910

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