Rhossili Bay

Walking the Gower Peninsula

6 days
from
$1,399 USD
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Walking & Trekking
Suitable for:
Age 16+
Activity level:
Moderate
Activity Rating - Moderate
Trip code: 
TDL
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Walking & Trekking
Group size:
6–12
Min age:
16

 

Known for beautiful beaches, heather-clad moors, and rugged southwest coastline, wander through the Whiteford Burrows Nature Reserve and the Llanrhidian Marsh SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest), where Oystercatchers and Turnstones nestle in rare flora of early marsh orchid and dune gentian. Continuing to Rhossili village, our route takes in the famous “Worm’s Head”, the most westerly point on the Gower Peninsula and the fascinating ruins of the Salt House. We explore the Oxwich Burrows National Nature Reserve on or way to the spectacular Three Cliffs Bay, where lizards come to sun themselves on warm days. The Mumbles lighthouse marks the end of our Welsh odyssey, an enduring symbol of this beautiful coastal landscape. 

Highlights

  • Britain's first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
  • Sandy beaches, limestone cliffs and hidden coves
  • Gower Coastal Path

Key information

  • 5 nights hotel
  • 4 days centre-based walking
  • Group normally 4 to 12, plus leader
  • Countries visited: United Kingdom, Europe

What's included

  • All breakfasts and one dinner
  • All accommodation
  • All transport and listed activities

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single supplement
  • Visas and vaccinations
Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for private group trips:
1 844 227 9087
Trip Notes

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Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

4

Days of Walking & Trekking
Terrain:

 

Day by day breakdown
Day 2 19.0km/11.0miles
Day 3 18.0km/10.0miles
Day 4 15.0km/10.0miles
Day 5 12.0km/7.0miles

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Itinerary

Bishopston
to
Bishopston
  • Day 1

    Arrive Bishopston

    Our start point is a lovely boutique hotel in the heart of the Bishopston Valley just a short distance from The Mumbles.

    In the evening our guide will hold a welcome meeting to discuss the week ahead, give advice and answer any questions.

    We'll then have our first meal together.

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    Gower Coastal Path

    We begin with a transfer to Crofty at the start of the Gower Peninsula section of the Wales Coast Path. Our route for the day takes us past the Llanrhidian Salt Marsh, an area designated an Area of Special Scientific Interest. It is also covered by the sea at high tide so we'll start at a brisk pace! We also enjoy the Whiteford Burrows Nature Reserve, a protected area full of rare flora and numerous species of bird including wildfowl and waders. Our day continues with a traverse of the dunes of Rhossili Bay to see one of the UK's most beautiful beaches as we head to today’s finish at Hill End.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Hill End to Port Eynon

    From Hill End, we set out for Worm's Head. This rocky promontory offers sweeping views of Rhossili Bay. If tides allow we'll explore the promontory itself. Looking back on the 5km stretch of Rhossili Bay's sands, few would argue it's not worth the detour. Back on the mainland, we enjoy a clifftop walk to Port Eynon. Again tide permitting, we may explore the ruins of the Salt House. We then transfer back to our base. 

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Follow the coastal path through Oxwich Burrows to Three Cliffs Bay

    Leaving behind sandy beaches as we head to the limestone cliffs, we walk through Oxwich Burrows National Nature Reserve. Here there is a rare mix of fresh and salt marshes, cliffs and woodland and another of the Welsh coast's beautiful beaches. We then come to Three Cliffs Bay where in summer lizards can be seen basking in the sun. There should also be visibility to Pennard Castle, originally built in the 12th century, though the stone ruins on show today are from a rebuild in the 13th and 14th centuries.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Southgate, Pwlldu Head, Mumbles Lighthouse

    The final section of the path leads from Southgate along high cliffs to Pwlldu Head. The bays and coves along the way are gloriously untouched and as we reach the end of the headland the Mumbles Lighthouse appears in the distance, standing proudly for over 200 years just off the coast on a small island. The seaside town of Mumbles itself lies just a little further on, marking the end of the Gower Coastal Path and a fitting way to end our journey.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    End Bishopston

    Time to say goodbye to this beautiful corner of Wales. 

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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Essential Info

Visas

Vaccinations

United Kingdom

No vaccinations are obligatory.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts and one dinner are included. 

Breakfast is continental style with a choice of cereal, bread, pastries, yoghurt, orange juice and milk with an array of teas/coffee.

On some days we will stop for lunch at local pubs or eateries, on others we'll pick up provisions for a packed lunch in the morning from a local baker.

Dinners will typically be taken in local restaurants or gastro pubs well located to tie in with the end of a day's walk. 

Vegetarians can be catered for, please advise of any other specific dietary requirements at time of booking. 

Weather

As we are in a coastal area there will always be a degree of wind. Rain can come at any time of year however typically the temperatures rise from around 12 degrees in April to 20 in early September. Like much of the UK there have been hotter spells in recent years. Equally the odd bout of unpredictable weather can still occur. 

Is this trip for you?

This trip is rated moderate. There are 4 days of walking across varying terrain. Each day will include ascent as we walk up to clifftops and down to beaches. We will be walking for between 3 and 6 hours per day but will stop for lunch and to enjoy our surroundings. A reasonable level of fitness is required, and you must be prepared for some variable weather. 

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for private group trips:
1 844 227 9087
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

New Gower Hotel

The New Gower Hotel offers boutique, quality accommodation in a great location for accessing the beaches and coastline of the Gower Peninsula. 

Twin or double rooms offer comfort and style, while the bar and restaurant offer the chance to relax and unwind. 

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for private group trips:
1 844 227 9087
Trip Notes

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