Life’s all about choices
If you like to combine your walking adventures with a city break experience then Swansea Bay has the best of both worlds. Our 50 miles of the Wales Coast Path takes you from the City on the five mile sweep of Swansea Bay to the wild and rugged tip of the Gower Peninsula - the first in the UK to be designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. So, you can polish up your walking boots each evening for a night at the theatre or fine dining overlooking the Bay, or alternatively you can just lose yourself in the countryside – just pausing occasionally at a country pub!
With nearly 400 miles’ worth of rights of way, Swansea Bay offers many memorable walking routes, from short family-friendly walks, taking in many of the small churches and landmarks in the area, to routes for the more experienced, all with breath-taking views.
In fact, “glorious” Rhossili, on the westernmost point of Gower, is one of the Telegraphs ‘Top 10 British Walks’ and The Times’ ’20 Greatest Rural British Walks’.
Coast and country are at your fingertips (or toe-tips depending on which way you look at it) and here’s a suggestion on how to get exploring!
Discover an old smugglers’ route, shipwrecks and even a sea-serpent!
All on one clifftop walk from Rhossili to Port Eynon. Start on the golden sands of Rhossili’s world famous beach. There you can see the remains of the Helvetia, shipwrecked in 1887 off the craggy rocks of Worm’s Head. This iconic promontory reaches out into the Atlantic and early Viking raiders thought it resembled a ‘Wurm’ (a dragon or sea-serpent!). Climb the steps up to the tiny village of Rhossili perched on the cliff and walk down to the coastguard lookout (tide times are essential if venturing out onto the sea serpent!).
Round the headland into the cosier Mewslade Bay, before venturing out onto Gower’s untamed cliffs with grandstand views of the rugged, rocky, surf-splashed coastline. You’ll be walking in ancient footsteps, below is Paviland Cave one of Europe’s earliest burial sites and as you approach Port Eynon, quirky Culver Hole – thought to be a medieval dovecote – introduces you to the darker side of this legendary coast. It’s nooks and crannies were an ideal store for smugglers and the nearby remains of The Salthouse was the Smugglers’ HQ.
Port Eynon, at journey’s end is now a characterful sea-village which has shrugged off its swashbuckling reputation as a smugglers’ haunt! Having walked around 8 miles – it’s lucky that Port Eynon has the aptly named Ship Inn – for a refreshing round of Gower Brewery ales!
But it’s not just about the coast
Inland, Gower is an astonishingly varied landscape, teeming with flora and fauna you won’t want to miss. Try The Gower Way for a challenging trek across the Peninsula. Or head to magical Penllergare Valley Woods for waterfalls, lakeside strolls, heritage trails and wild woodlands.
Fancy exploring Swansea Bay for yourself? Download free walking routes and guides from visitswanseabay.com.