Gower Peninsula Hiking Holiday South Wales UK
Our Gower Peninsula Hiking Holiday South Wales was a fantastic trip for both me and Anne, my partner. This was a five day hiking holiday with three days of day hiking and two relaxed travel days.
Our accommodation was booked through “Cottages4You” and was a one bed self-catering cottage. It was one of a number of holiday accommodations at the Tankey Lake Livery near the village of Llangennith on the West coast of The Gower.
We chose our own day hikes before leaving home from a list of self-guided hiking route descriptions available from “Country Walking” magazine.
We also took 1:25,000 OS Maps for the local area with us on the day hiking trips in protective map covers.
Although we also took a compass we didn’t need to use it.
Gower Peninsula Hiking Holiday Video
This video slideshow shows some highlights from a Gower Peninsula Hiking Holiday South Wales.
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Gower Peninsula Hiking Holiday Schedule
Our schedule for our 3 day hiking trips was:
- Arrival Day 0 – Monday – We went straight to The Gower from a weekend social break with SPICE at Center Parcs Longleat. We arrived about 3pm on Monday afternoon. First we sorted out our gear and explored the cottage and afterwards we walked around the village. When we got back Anne cooked an evening meal and I did the washing up. Finally, we undertook route planning for the first day hiking trip and then relaxed in-front of the TV with a drink.
- Transportation By Car – We drove to the start location of each day hiking trip.
- Hiking Days – After a leisurely breakfast, depending on the distance to get to the start location, we commenced hiking about 10.00. We spent the evenings at the cottage; relaxing; eating; drinking a little; and planning the next day hiking trip. We also watched either a DVD or a film on TV:
- Day 1 -Tuesday – Three Cliffs Bay Day Hiking – This was a 5 mile day hiking outing and we parked on the National Trust car park close to Pennard Cliffs Bus Stop. This was on the south side of Southgate. It was a circular route, more or less, to the west. To start we went west along the coast and Pennard Cliffs to Three Cliffs Bay and Pobbles Beach. Then we hiked north inland. Next was an anti-clockwise semi-circular hike over to the far side of Three Cliffs Bay. Then our hiking took us south west to Great Tor and back. Next was a clockwise semi-circular hike inland to the north through the Gower Heritage Centre and south to Pennard Castle. The last section was a south west hike on sand dunes to return close to Pobbles Beach and finally eastwards to return to the car park.
- Day 2 – Wednesday – Rhossili Down And Worms Head Day Hiking – This was an 8 mile day hiking trip. Depending on what you want, you could do just the Rhossili Down at 4 mile hike; or the Worms Head hike on its own at 4 miles. If you do the two sections it would be an 8 mile hike. Should you decide to undertake both sections on the same day, you need to ensure you get tide times for crossing to Worms Head correct. We hiked Rhossili Down first, early in the morning in order to be in time for the low tide for the Worms Head crossing later in the day. The Beacon of Rhossili Down is the highest point on the Gower Peninsula. You can get some fabulous 360 degree vistas of the Gower Peninsula from the top. The hike has a steep incline to get up Rhossili Down at Hillend but it isn’t too arduous. The fantastic views of Rhossili Bay from the top are well worth the effort. The trip across to Worms Head is quite tricky underfoot. There is a long section of rocks to walk over in order to reach the first and larger part of the island called the Inner Head. Going further than the Inner Head to Devil’s Bridge and the Outer Head requires walking over another section of rocks and boulders.
- Day 3 – Thursday – Port Eynon To Rhossili Day Hiking – This 7 mile one way day hiking trip was quite straightforward. We parked our car in Port Eynon Car Park. Then we hiked west, following the coastline as far as Rhossili. We got public transport in Rhossili, that is a bus, and returned to the car park in Port Eynon. Please note that we planned this journey by checking bus timetables the day before. We suggest you do the same if you don’t want to have an expensive taxi ride.
Llangennith village gets its name from its church. Llangennith or “Llangenydd” is on the West coast of The Gower Peninsula and means “Church of St Cenydd”.
Llangennith church is the biggest church on The Gower and it is thought to have been developed out of St Cenydd’s Priory which was established in the sixth century.
The village is flanked by three hills: Rhossili Down, Hardingsdown and Llanmadoc Hill.
Llangennith is a popular tourist location both for families and also for surfers and has a shop for surfers.
The sea has always been the focal point of the village and there many tales about shipwrecks and smuggling.
Gower Peninsula Day Hiking
If you wish to see more detailed videos about this Gower Peninsula Hiking Holiday South Wales, or “The Gower” as it is known, watch the day hiking videos of each day by following the appropriate links below:
- Day 1 – Tue – Three Cliffs Bay Day Hiking
- Day 2 – Wed – Rhossili Down And Worms Head Day Hiking
- Day 3 – Thu – Port Eynon To Rhossili Day Hiking