Just the two of us   4 comments

A weekend for some quality father and daughter time before she disappears, never to be seen again. She’s heading off to a new country. I think they call it “Teenager”

 fall bay, gower, mewslade bay, opus camper, pitton cross, Rhossili, Rhossili Beach, Rhossili Down, The Beacon, Worms Head

TJS was away with his friends and TBF was away on a “girls” weekend in Snowdonia. I asked TJF if she’d like to go away in the camper or stay at home and play with her friends and I was pleasantly surprised when she chose the former. Back down to the Gower again then, to the same place we visited a month or so back. This time rather than the chill and grey skies at the back-end of winter we were in Spring.

 fall bay, gower, mewslade bay, opus camper, pitton cross, Rhossili, Rhossili Beach, Rhossili Down, The Beacon, Worms Head

 fall bay, gower, mewslade bay, opus camper, pitton cross, Rhossili, Rhossili Beach, Rhossili Down, The Beacon, Worms Head

The blue skies of the photos are helping to lift my very dark mood after yesterday’s election travesty. I won’t go all political as that’s not what my blog is about but let me just quote this from a Facebook post by The Daily Mash – “Voters surrender to their inner bastard”

 fall bay, gower, mewslade bay, opus camper, pitton cross, Rhossili, Rhossili Beach, Rhossili Down, The Beacon, Worms Head

Back to the happy world of the Gower. A glorious day albeit rather windy. We took a walk over the fields and rocky limestone valleys down to Mewslade Bay hoping that this time the tide would be out. It was.

 fall bay, gower, mewslade bay, opus camper, pitton cross, Rhossili, Rhossili Beach, Rhossili Down, The Beacon, Worms Head

 fall bay, gower, mewslade bay, opus camper, pitton cross, Rhossili, Rhossili Beach, Rhossili Down, The Beacon, Worms Head

The beach and the surrounding cliffs are magnificent. In many of those top ten beaches lists you see on the Interweb, the beach at Rhossilli always gets in, likely due to its perfect and long curve of sand (and the fact that you can park nearby). Mewslade Bay never gets a mention and I’ve yet to come across anyone who’s even heard of it. Take a look at these pictures and tell me this isn’t one of the most magnificent combinations of sweeping golden sand and dramatic cliffs you’ve seen.

 fall bay, gower, mewslade bay, opus camper, pitton cross, Rhossili, Rhossili Beach, Rhossili Down, The Beacon, Worms Head

 fall bay, gower, mewslade bay, opus camper, pitton cross, Rhossili, Rhossili Beach, Rhossili Down, The Beacon, Worms Head

 fall bay, gower, mewslade bay, opus camper, pitton cross, Rhossili, Rhossili Beach, Rhossili Down, The Beacon, Worms Head

As the cliffs are limestone the sea and rainwater has eroded them into an amazingly complex series of gullies, caves and towering castles of rock.

 fall bay, gower, mewslade bay, opus camper, pitton cross, Rhossili, Rhossili Beach, Rhossili Down, The Beacon, Worms Head

 fall bay, gower, mewslade bay, opus camper, pitton cross, Rhossili, Rhossili Beach, Rhossili Down, The Beacon, Worms Head

 fall bay, gower, mewslade bay, opus camper, pitton cross, Rhossili, Rhossili Beach, Rhossili Down, The Beacon, Worms Head

This narrow spine of rock is particularly dramatic. I need to approach it from the cliff tops some day and see if I am brave enough to teeter out to its point – probably not.

 fall bay, gower, mewslade bay, opus camper, pitton cross, Rhossili, Rhossili Beach, Rhossili Down, The Beacon, Worms Head

 fall bay, gower, mewslade bay, opus camper, pitton cross, Rhossili, Rhossili Beach, Rhossili Down, The Beacon, Worms Head

 fall bay, gower, mewslade bay, opus camper, pitton cross, Rhossili, Rhossili Beach, Rhossili Down, The Beacon, Worms Head

 fall bay, gower, mewslade bay, opus camper, pitton cross, Rhossili, Rhossili Beach, Rhossili Down, The Beacon, Worms Head

 fall bay, gower, mewslade bay, opus camper, pitton cross, Rhossili, Rhossili Beach, Rhossili Down, The Beacon, Worms Head

We spent a delightful hour just wandering across the sand, soaking up the views. There is nothing better than the combination of colours from sea to sand to cliff to grass to gorse. The wind kept us moving – not a day to spread a rug and laze on the sand although some brave souls did.

 fall bay, gower, mewslade bay, opus camper, pitton cross, Rhossili, Rhossili Beach, Rhossili Down, The Beacon, Worms Head

 fall bay, gower, mewslade bay, opus camper, pitton cross, Rhossili, Rhossili Beach, Rhossili Down, The Beacon, Worms Head

 fall bay, gower, mewslade bay, opus camper, pitton cross, Rhossili, Rhossili Beach, Rhossili Down, The Beacon, Worms Head

 fall bay, gower, mewslade bay, opus camper, pitton cross, Rhossili, Rhossili Beach, Rhossili Down, The Beacon, Worms Head

 fall bay, gower, mewslade bay, opus camper, pitton cross, Rhossili, Rhossili Beach, Rhossili Down, The Beacon, Worms Head

 fall bay, gower, mewslade bay, opus camper, pitton cross, Rhossili, Rhossili Beach, Rhossili Down, The Beacon, Worms Head

We finished the walk by strolling along the green pastures above the cliffs and through the fields back to the camper for lunch

 fall bay, gower, mewslade bay, opus camper, pitton cross, Rhossili, Rhossili Beach, Rhossili Down, The Beacon, Worms Head

 fall bay, gower, mewslade bay, opus camper, pitton cross, Rhossili, Rhossili Beach, Rhossili Down, The Beacon, Worms Head

 fall bay, gower, mewslade bay, opus camper, pitton cross, Rhossili, Rhossili Beach, Rhossili Down, The Beacon, Worms Head

 fall bay, gower, mewslade bay, opus camper, pitton cross, Rhossili, Rhossili Beach, Rhossili Down, The Beacon, Worms Head

We also took a late afternoon stroll on the beach at Port Eynon. About as near to a commercial resort as it gets on the Gower it had a whole lot more people there although no-one braving a swim in the sea.

 fall bay, gower, mewslade bay, opus camper, pitton cross, Rhossili, Rhossili Beach, Rhossili Down, The Beacon, Worms Head

 fall bay, gower, mewslade bay, opus camper, pitton cross, Rhossili, Rhossili Beach, Rhossili Down, The Beacon, Worms Head

The awning gave us perfect shelter from the wind while facing the evening sun and we had the first BBQ of the year – a fine finish to a really lovely day

 fall bay, gower, mewslade bay, opus camper, pitton cross, Rhossili, Rhossili Beach, Rhossili Down, The Beacon, Worms Head

The wind dropped the next day and TJF wanted to go to Worms Head to poke around in the rock pools. The natural causeway teems with life so we set off to walk there along the cliffs. TJF is not much for walking but she seemed to enjoy it. This stretch of coast is relatively flat so the going was easy.

 fall bay, gower, mewslade bay, opus camper, pitton cross, Rhossili, Rhossili Beach, Rhossili Down, The Beacon, Worms Head

 fall bay, gower, mewslade bay, opus camper, pitton cross, Rhossili, Rhossili Beach, Rhossili Down, The Beacon, Worms Head

It gave us the chance to see Mewslade Bay and the equally fine and adjacent Fall Bay from above.

 fall bay, gower, mewslade bay, opus camper, pitton cross, Rhossili, Rhossili Beach, Rhossili Down, The Beacon, Worms Head

 fall bay, gower, mewslade bay, opus camper, pitton cross, Rhossili, Rhossili Beach, Rhossili Down, The Beacon, Worms Head

 fall bay, gower, mewslade bay, opus camper, pitton cross, Rhossili, Rhossili Beach, Rhossili Down, The Beacon, Worms Head

 fall bay, gower, mewslade bay, opus camper, pitton cross, Rhossili, Rhossili Beach, Rhossili Down, The Beacon, Worms Head

The tide was just right so dropped down and scrambled across the causeway to Worms Head.

 fall bay, gower, mewslade bay, opus camper, pitton cross, Rhossili, Rhossili Beach, Rhossili Down, The Beacon, Worms Head

 fall bay, gower, mewslade bay, opus camper, pitton cross, Rhossili, Rhossili Beach, Rhossili Down, The Beacon, Worms Head

The rock pools were a little disappointing, probably too early in the year with water still wintery cold. We did find a few crabs and one very pathetic looking feather star but we enjoyed having a look. The wind seemed chillier today, not conducive to wet hands from poking about in rock pools. I have heard rumours that you can find Lobsters in the rock pools here but we’ve never seen any

 fall bay, gower, mewslade bay, opus camper, pitton cross, Rhossili, Rhossili Beach, Rhossili Down, The Beacon, Worms Head

 fall bay, gower, mewslade bay, opus camper, pitton cross, Rhossili, Rhossili Beach, Rhossili Down, The Beacon, Worms Head

 fall bay, gower, mewslade bay, opus camper, pitton cross, Rhossili, Rhossili Beach, Rhossili Down, The Beacon, Worms Head

We had lunch on the grass overlooking the bay and then headed back

 fall bay, gower, mewslade bay, opus camper, pitton cross, Rhossili, Rhossili Beach, Rhossili Down, The Beacon, Worms Head

 fall bay, gower, mewslade bay, opus camper, pitton cross, Rhossili, Rhossili Beach, Rhossili Down, The Beacon, Worms Head

 fall bay, gower, mewslade bay, opus camper, pitton cross, Rhossili, Rhossili Beach, Rhossili Down, The Beacon, Worms Head

I convinced TJF to extend the walk a little and make a circular and she seemed happy enough. The walk along the cliffs back to Rhossili is plagued with throngs of tourists but if you stick close to the edge you can avoid them. This of course also provides much better views including an aerial view of the many shipwrecks on the beach

 fall bay, gower, mewslade bay, opus camper, pitton cross, Rhossili, Rhossili Beach, Rhossili Down, The Beacon, Worms Head

 fall bay, gower, mewslade bay, opus camper, pitton cross, Rhossili, Rhossili Beach, Rhossili Down, The Beacon, Worms Head

 fall bay, gower, mewslade bay, opus camper, pitton cross, Rhossili, Rhossili Beach, Rhossili Down, The Beacon, Worms Head

 fall bay, gower, mewslade bay, opus camper, pitton cross, Rhossili, Rhossili Beach, Rhossili Down, The Beacon, Worms Head

We cut inland and found a rather splendid and peaceful route across the fields and valleys that took us pretty much back to the campsite.

 fall bay, gower, mewslade bay, opus camper, pitton cross, Rhossili, Rhossili Beach, Rhossili Down, The Beacon, Worms Head

It had been nice spending some time with TBF and we was in good spirits and chatty. Makes a nice change as we do seem to live in different worlds these days. Worth the effort to create and value these special times while I can

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4 responses to “Just the two of us

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  1. Lovely photos, both of the Gower and of TJF, who is, as you intimate, growing up fast. Nice to get away like that. As ever, your photos of the Gower make it look like a must visit spot. I’ve always had a vague idea that I’ve been there, but I think it must just be that I’ve read Dylan Thomas’s stories about the area so many times that I’ve imagined that I’ve visited myself.

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    beatingthebounds
    • The Gower is excellent and this piece of coast in particular is spectacular. Beaches and cliffs in equal measure. Inland is rather bleak open moorland which comes of something of a surprise on a small peninsula

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  2. I remember Abi going to Teenage Land. It seems to consist primarily of not speaking for about 7 years. Strange though, because one day a well spoken, kind, intelligent young woman suddenly appeared in her place. Never did find out where Abi had gone….. 😉

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