Family Time – Gower Beaches and Coastal Walking   7 comments

Sigh! Yes I know I’m still way behind with the blog posts but I’m getting there. This will take you back to May Spring Bank Holiday weekend and a little trip away down at the Gower peninsula in South Wales. Like last year we took advantage of the Premier Inn special offers and got a family room including breakfast for all of us for £50 a night. Llanelli is not exactly the Cote D’Azure but the hotel is handily placed and does the job for a short stay

The previous few days had been cold and windy but there was promise of a sunny couple of days so we headed down to the beach at Caswell Bay just outside Swansea.

Caswell Bay, Gower

Caswell Bay, Gower

It was cool but the sun shone for most of the day and we spent a leisurely day of family stuff, digging in the sand, playing in the shallows, tide-pooling and in my case snoozing on the rug and getting sunburnt legs for my trouble

Caswell Bay, Gower

TBF by name, TBF by nature

Caswell Bay, Gower

TJF by name, TJF by nature

Caswell Bay, Gower

Funsters and Sherpas

Entertainment was provided by a local rugby club who set up just in front of us for a game of touch rugby – they really were rather good and I thoroughly enjoyed watching them

Caswell Bay, Gower

View from the shoreline

Caswell Bay, Gower

Caswell Bay

Both my kids are now old enough to be left on their own for a short while so me and TBF took a short stroll west along the coast. The sky was clear and the gorse was in full flower making for a very colour-filled experience

Caswell Bay, Gower

East across the beach

Caswell Bay, Gower

TBF on a cosatal stroll

We went a mile or so down the coast to the view across Pwll Du Bay before heading back in case the kids had murdered each other – luckily they’d amused themselves without winding each other up

Pwlldu Bay

Pwlldu Bay

Caswell Bay, Gower

Solo

It was our first proper day on the beach for the year and a fine one it was

Caswell Bay, Gower

The tide comes in

The tide comes in very fast here and we shuffled our way up the beach as the waves advanced before late in the day it consumed most of the sand and we headed off for a slap up meal in the pub

We were all keen for another look at Worms Head. We’d visited last year on a thoroughly miserable day of low cloud and rain and our prayers were answered when we woke to clear blue sky, packed a picnic courtesy of Morrisons and headed off. Most of the UK had the same idea and the car park was occupying several fields. There had only been about 20 cars last year. I hadn’t realised this place was so well-known and there were visitors from all over the world. The views were simply spectacular

Rhossili, Rhossili Down, The Beacon

Rhossili Beach, Rhossili Down & The Beacon

Worms Head

Worms Head

The coastal walk and cliffs is just superb with sweeping views across Rhossili Bay and over to Worms head. The cliffs are sheer and precipitous with a bird’s eye view down to the numerous shipwrecks in the sands. You can make out a couple in the centre of the photo below

Worms Head

Shipwreck

I should warn you that spectacular though the views are you won’t have it to yourself but it’s a price worth paying to see this special place on such a clear day

Rhossili, Rhossili Down, The Beacon

Sherpas and Funsters enjoying the sun

Worms Head

Cliffs and Gorse

You can pick your way through the gorse and along the edge of the cliffs to miss the worst of the crowds

Rhossili, Rhossili Down, The Beacon

Across the cliffs to the beach

Worms Head itself is connected to the mainland by a natural causeway. The tide was in our favour so we headed off to see the worm. The causeway itself is great for tide-pooling with loads of stuff to see, fish crabs, sea urchins and star-fish

Worms Head, Inner Head

Worms Head, Inner Head

We took our time making our way over, poking about and getting wet feet in the process

Worms Head, Inner Head

Inner Head across the Causeway

We scrambled up to the top of the Inner Head and found a sheltered spot for a picnic overlooking the bay. We kept a watch for the seals we saw last year but no joy. Clearly they were just sheltering from the stormy weather last time

Worms Head, Inner Head

Causeway from the Inner Head

We were enjoying our spot until a group of noisy, irritating and self-absorbed teenagers plonked themselves down next to us – and I mean RIGHT NEXT TO US. There is an acre of space up there so why they chose to sit so close and regale us with a commentary on the usual crap reality TV shows is a mystery. One of them sat so close to TBF he was pretty much sitting on her face (no jokes please). Young people today 🙂

Worms Head, Inner Head

Lunch on the Inner Head

I was keen to walk right out to the Outer Head and cross the Devils Bridge (just visible in the centre right of this photo). However nobody else seemed keen so we returned to the mainland

Worms Head, Inner Head, Outer Head, Devils Bridge, Low Neck

Outer Head, Devils Bridge and Low Neck

It was still early so we wandered off to look at the next pair of beaches along the coast. As soon as we stepped away from the headland we lost the crowds and we had the path pretty much to ourselves. The coast was just as stunning and the views again just superb.

Worms Head

Heading east towards Mewslade Bay

Fall bay and Mewslade Bay looked amazing, backed by their own collection of cliffs and towers. We scrambled down onto the beach and realised what a gem this was.

Fall Bay, Mewslade Bay

Fall Bay & Mewslade Bay

The limestone cliffs resemble a castle and as we got nearer it was clear that it was plastered with rock climbers of all ages.

Fall Bay, Mewslade Bay

Cliffs on Fall Bay

Fall Bay, Mewslade Bay

Rock Climbing at Fall Bay

We spent a good while just watching the climbers, it looked a great place to practice in a quite superb setting on a wonderful day.

Fall Bay, Mewslade Bay

Rock Tower

We wanted to wander along to Mewslade Bay but the tide was heading in fast, cutting off the access over the rocks and time was pushing on. We wandered back across Fall Bay and had a picnic tea and a cuppa on the grass at the back of the beach before we reversed the route back along the coast. The views were still magnificent and the crowds a little lighter now that the tide had cut off access to Worms Head

Worms Head

Worms Head from the West

Rhossili, Rhossili Down, The Beacon

Heading back

Worms Head

Worms Head

The air was full of paragliders above The Beacon. Must be great on a day like this but leaping off a hill attached to a duvet cover is not something I’m ever likely to do 🙂

Rhossili, Rhossili Down, The Beacon

Rhossili Beach

Absolutely cracking day. Next time we’ll just head straight to the beaches at Fall and Mewslade Bays and spend the day there. If you can tolerate the crowds though Worms Head really is a must see when in the area

We had one day left before heading home but the weather had turned and was cold, cloudy and windy with a poor forecast. We headed over to Rest Bay where I hoped to find some waves to take out the kayak. I’d like to be able to tell you that the weather held off and that the waves were great but I’d be lying. We lasted on the beach about 30 minutes longer than most sensible people would have done, had our lunch in the car in the rain and drove home. If you want to see Rest Bay in much milder and more pleasant conditions – in January – then check out my post here.

A fine weekend nonetheless and great set up to more fun in the week to come….

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7 responses to “Family Time – Gower Beaches and Coastal Walking

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  1. Wow – stunning stuff. Love the Gerry Rafferty song. The Stones have never sounded so like the Beach Boys however. Am really envious of your walk to Worm’s Head – that looks like it should be on everybody’s ‘to-do-list’.

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    • Yes, I realised that mistake after I published the video 😦
      It’s a pretty amazing place but you have to share it with everyone else. The coastal walk eastwards is if anything even better. A stunning helps of course

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  2. Great photos and that Worm’s Head certainly looks worth a visit!

    I have to admit that I used to have quite an obsession about the Beach Boys in my younger years, and I still love Gerry Rafferty…..think my favourite track ever of his is ‘The Ark’…..

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    • Out of season in winter it must a whole lot quieter but it’s well worth a visit even with the crowds. Not much of Beach Boys fan but my kids like them and it was about time I used one of their tracks. Gerry Rafferty is much under-rated although I don’t know “The Ark”

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  3. Your photos are great. I love the green in them – beautiful. BTW, I rescued Your comments from “spam department”. Thank You for Your kind comments.

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    • Thanks Matti, glad you enjoyed the images, the colours did come out well 🙂
      No idea why but none of my comments are showing on other peoples blogs, looks like WordPress thinks that I’m a hacker!

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