The Gower Peninsula is an area of outstanding natural beauty on the coast of Wales. And it certainly lives up to its name. As part of the Traverse 16 conference we were given the opportunity to pick a Sunday experience. As soon as I saw The Gower Peninsula listed I hit reply and I was lucky enough to grab one of eight places on the tour.
I was up bright and early to make the 20 minute walk from my hotel to the pick up point outside the National Museum. I was warmly greeted by Adrian from See Wales whose enthusiasm continued through the whole of the tour. As we started to drive through the suburbs of Cardiff, Adrian told us that we would be visiting five places.
The first stop, just outside of Swansea, was the Dylan Thomas Centre, in the maritime quarter. Dylan was Welsh poet and one of the 20th centuries most important writers, the Centre has a permanent exhibition ‘Love the Words’ which showcases his life and work.
After not getting swept away by the wind on the bridge, it was back on the minibus heading to the coast and Longland Bay.
This is the first look at the beauty which is the Gower Peninsula. The sun was shining and the wind was biting, but the beauty of the coast was magnificent. It was time to stretch our legs. We walked past the cute beach houses and headed to the coastal path.
As we made our way along the coastal path the views back on the Bay were just wonderful. As were the views at the turn of each corner.
The walk definitely blew the cobwebs away, even if a few times we thought we were going to get blown off the cliff side.
The coastal path leads to Caswell Bay. There were lots of people on the beach enjoying the warm April day.
After grabbing a coffee, it was off to the next stop, Parc Le Breos. Years ago this was a great medieval deer park. Near the entrance of the park is a Neolithic burial chamber which was originally discovered in 1869. Not much of it remains today, but it is a reminder of the rich history of our land.
Next it was onto Rhossili. Time didn’t permit a visit to the UK’s number one beach, third best in Europe and 9th best in the world. There was time for a quick lunch before taking a walk along a coastal path, to take in the breath-taking views.
Our last stop of the day was Weobley Castle. Now just a ruin you can still get a sense of the splendour that this 14th century manor house once was. It overlooks the Llanrhidian saltmarshes and the Loughor estuary.
Standing on the grassy bank all wrapped up against the wind I stood taking in the views.
During our day we had a whistle stop tour of the Gower Peninsula, but it was enough to know that I want to return and explore more. It certainly is a stunning part of the British Isles.
Have you been to the Gower Peninsula?
Thank you to Traverse Events and See Wales for the most wonderful day.