Photo above is Three Cliffs Bay,one of about 50 unspoilt beaches on The Gower
Places of interest and beauty spots on The Gower
Photo Above is Three Cliffs Bay
The Gower Peninsula:
Photo Above is Rhossili Beach
Rhossili National Trust Shop & Visitor Centre
Rhossili, Gower, SA3 1PR
Perched above the majestic Rhossili Bay and within sight of Worm's Head, the National Trust Shop and Visitor Centre is a must for any visitor to Gower. Offering a wide range of gifts, souvenirs and tasty treats along with a wealth of local information and advice, it really is the place to both start and finish your visit to the area. The visitor centre has a varied programme of exhibitions too. Heading into the surf? We will even look after your car keys for you, as part of the Safer Swansea initiative.
The National Trust Shop & Visitor Centre, Rhossili, Gower, Swansea SA3 1PR
tel: 01792 390707
The Gower Way
The Gower Way is a linear, long-distance route which traverses the Gower Peninsula from east to west
Walking on the Gower Peninsula
Inaugurated by the Prince of Wales in 1998, the Gower Way runs 35 miles (56km) from Rhossili at the extreme south-west of the Gower Peninsula, through to Penlle'r Castell in upland Mawr (this is a cross-section of the area covered by the ancient lordship of Gower).
Thanks to Gower's long history of settlement, the route will take you past a variety of impressive historical sites, from ancient cairns and standing stones (including Arthur's Stone, a Neolithic burial monument) and fortifications, to old consecrated wells, Norman castles and chapels.
Gower's varied geology and natural environment also ensures that the route, although relatively short for a long distance path, travels through an extraordinarily diverse range of scenery, from the spectacular beach at Rhossili, over weathered limestone plateaux and rolling farmland, to the wilder uplands and heath of the Mynydd y Gwair hills.
Gower Pony Trekking
Explore the beautiful Gower Peninsula on horseback. Parc -Le-Breos House in Parkmill offer a selection of pony trekking packages to suit all abilities. Choose full day or half day rides at a leisurely pace (mainly walking and trotting) with the focus on enjoying the breath-taking scenery. Treks are always in mixed ability groups of between 4 and 15 riders. Some rides do go down to the local beaches but this cannot be guaranteed. Booking is essential.
For more information visit the website at: http://www.parc-le-breos.co.uk/horse-riding-in-gower-south-wales/
Ancient Monuments, Myth and Magic
The Gower Peninsula has been inhabited since very early times and has Neolithic stone monuments scattered across its countryside.
There are also many standing stones, such as Arthur's Stone and burial tombs such as Giant's Grave, and a variety of evocative carved and engraved stones. Its many strange and unexplained features have encouraged tales of its indigenous race of faeries, known locally as the "Verry-Volk", adding to its air of myth and magic.
King Arthur’s Stone, Gower
There are quite a few Arthur’s Stones in Wales, but we chose this one because it sits prettily on the hills of Gower, within handy walking distance of the King Arthur pub in Reynoldston. The prosaic explanation is that the huge stone is a Neolithic tomb, but legend says it’s a pebble from King Arthur’s boot. He threw it all the way from Carmarthenshire, and it magically grew in size along the way. The stone is reputedly thirsty, and occasionally gets up and goes to a nearby stream for a drink. Mind your toes.
Authurs stone at Sunset
Gower Walking Festival Annually
Explore the unique landscapes of Gower – dramatic cliffs, sandy beaches, wooded valleys and open moors and marsh. Delve into our history – Celtic Saints, Norman invasion and Copperopolis. Taste our gorgeous local food. Discover a rich wildlife with our experts.
We have a wonderful team of local volunteers ready to introduce you to all that is Gower, Britain’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, an 18-mile-long peninsula, jutting out into the Bristol Channel, on the doorstep of Swansea, Wales’s second city.
More information onwww.gowerwalkingfestival.org
Gower Rock Pools .Heaven sent for adults and children
Bays and Beaches and Castles
The southern coast of the peninsula consists of a series of small, rocky or sandy bays like Langland and Three Cliffs, and a few larger beaches like Port Eynon, Rhossili and Oxwich Bay.
The main family beaches which are patrolled by lifeguards during the sunmer are Langland Bay, Caswell Bay and Port Eynon. Much of Gower's Northern coast is salt marsh facing across the Burry Inlet, which is an important area for wildfowl and wading birds. There are fewer beaches on the north side, and this part of the coast includes the famouse cockle-beds of Penclawdd.
There are six castles on the Gower Peninsula, Oystermouth (in the Mumbles), Bovehill Castle (also known as Landimore Castle), Oxwich Castle, Pennard Castle, Penrice Castle and Weobly.
Gower CavesTravel even further back in time; follow our earliest ancestors underground. Gower has a fascinating cave system, which protects some ancient secrets. The narrow, seemingly endless Tooth Cave goes on and on for almost a mile, making it the longest cave on Gower. An excavation in 1962 uncovered the remains of human habitation. These Bronze Age cave dwellers left behind tools, pottery, animal bones and other ancient artefacts. The site of the cave can be visited, but entry to the cave itself is limited for safety reasons. Paviland Cave is Gower’s hidden superstar. It’s been on the map for quite a while – 33,000 years to be exact. This archaeological A-lister, one of Europe’s earliest known burial sites, is the final resting place of the famous ‘Red Lady’ (actually, the ochre-tinted Palaeolithic-era skeleton found here in 1823 was male, but the name stuck). It’s easy to understand why the cave lay undisturbed for aeons – its tricky location makes visiting a hazardous process.
Weobly Castle on The Gower
The Mumbles marks the beginning of the Gower. It is very pictureque with its
pretty pastel coloured cottages and the sea front is filled with an eclectic mixture of cafes , bistros and craft and gift shops Wander further along and you come to Langland Bay , a Surfers Paradise
Cottages in The Mumbles , near Swansea Bay
Oxwich Bay(voted the Most Beautiful Beach in Britain ) by Travel Magazine
Bishopston (Llandeilo Ferwallt in Welsh) is probably the largest village on Gower. It is situated on the South East Gower Coast. The old part of the village lies at the head of Bishopston Valley. It is close enough to Swansea to be able to pop to the shops or into Mumbles, but has the added advantage of being remote enough to claim three beaches of its own, Caswell, Brandy Cove and Pwlldu Bay.
Bishopston's beaches are popular with locals and visitors alike, although they are very different from each other. Caswell attracts many surfers, but is popular with young families too, with safe bathing and lifeguards during the summer season.
There are many tales of the smuggling that took place at Brandy Cove, a tiny cove to the West of Caswell, that leads up to a wooded valley (hence its name).
Pwlldu, which literally translated from Welsh means "Black Pool" lies to the West of Brandy Cove. In its former life, it was a thriving community quarrying limestone. There are only two buildings remaining; which were the pubs and are now private residences, but ruins of further cottages can be found in the Bishopston Valley. Pwlldu has the air of unfathomed mystery and romance, that l I'm sure you could associate with many a good novel!
Bracelet Bay At Sunset
Photo Above Penclawdd Bay at Sunset
Photo above Whiteford Burrows North Gower
Photo Below Caswell Bay
Oystermoth Castle with Glass Bridge