Stunning coastline, sandy beaches and easy trails to explore...
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Come along on this sociable exploration of one of the most spellbinding coastlines in Wales. Together we’ll head out on easy walks to explore cliff-top views, sandy beaches and coastal meadows.
Whether you’re someone who likes to roam along the beach, gaze down at the waves from the cliff-tops, or explore the shifting lands around sand-dunes, Gower has it all. Inland there are also several hills we can wander up to admire views over the whole of the peninsula, and several spectacular beaches, glistening with golden sand.
As well as walking, the peninsula is a haven for watersports, and even if you choose not to surf, you’ll always have the option for a swim or even just a paddle. Our aim is to soak in as much of Gower as possible; there are no forced-marches, and no slogs, just miles of beautiful beaches and all the sea air we can handle on this sociable fully hosted weekend.
In a nutshell
- Guided walks along craggy headlands, over sand dunes and across beautiful bays, where sea birds nest, and where woodland and moor drop right down to the water’s edge.
- Staying in a the lovely coastal village of Port Eynon, literally on the beach.
- Getting to know a great bunch of people who all love the outdoors.
Gower Coast Walking Weekend Dates:
- Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd March 2020
- Friday 17th – Sunday 19th July 2020
With our Large Outdoors host welcoming you and introducing you to your fellow walking companions, easing into the weekend will be as easy as pie.
After dinner we’ll go over the plans for the next day and give you a choice of walks to sign up to. You have until the next day to decide, so there’s no rush. We’ll also be on hand to answer any questions about equipment, weather and food.
There are plenty of snacks provided to keep you going for the day, and a large range of sandwich ingredients, so don’t be shy!
Just some of the possible walk options:
Rhossili – Walking from the hostel, we’ll make out way west along the cliffs that lead to the village of Rhossili. On the way we’ll pass ancient forts, sheltered beaches and caves, and we can spend our time exploring as we go. On reaching Rhossili, we can wander along the beach, or aim for the high point of Rhossili Down, the highest point on the peninsula. From here we’ll be able to see for miles, over Gower, South Wales, Devon, and closer at hand the promontory of the Worm’s Head. From here we’ll make our way back to the hostel via inland paths. The walk is not difficult and is undulating; even the high point is only at 193 metres!
Oxwich Bay – A slightly shorter walk, we’ll head east to Oxwich Bay via the headland of Oxwich Point, following the cliff tops through woodlands and then dropping down to the beach to explore the dune systems around Oxwich Burrows. From here we’ll make our way back to the hostel via inland paths past Penrice Castle, a 12th century Norman stronghold. Hangman’s Cross, which we pass on the way back, gives us 360° views across the Gower Peninsula.
Whiteford Burrows – Heading to the northern edge of the peninsula, we could first ascend Llanmadoc hill before walking out to the Whiteford Sands and the nature reserve of Whiteford Burrows. Here, the land changes from open beach to dunes to grassy hillocks in quick succession, and we can look out over the expanses of the Llanrhidian sands and the great coastal marsh that is so important for wildlife. After completing a circuit of the Burrows, we can explore the village of Llanmadoc.
Late afternoon onwards
Once we’re back at the hostel, the evening is yours to relax, wander down to the beach again, or check out the local pub. Don’t stray too far though, as we’ll be serving a group meal at 7pm. After dinner we’ll go over the options for the next day.
After breakfast, it’s time to pack up and leave the hostel. It’s likely we’ll have a short drive west before splitting up into two groups for the day’s activities.
Worm’s Head – For non-surfers (and tide-permitting), we head out to the promontory of Worm’s Head off Rhossili, which is only accessible at low tide via a rocky causeway. Worm’s Head (from the Viking name ‘wurm’ meaning dragon) is spectacular with its large flat-topped summit, natural rock bridge called the Devil’s Bridge, blow hole and a headland that is teeming with birdlife, including the occasional appearance of puffins.
Broughton Burrows – If the tide times don’t favour us for a walk out to Worm’s Head, there are a number of walk options nearby, including Rhossili down and Whiteford Burrows if members of the group haven’t done them the day before. Alternatively, at the other end of Rhossili bay lies Broughton Burrows, where we can walk along the coast line with dunes on one side and the sea on the other, and take a paddle in Broughton Bay before heading back to Rhossili.
After the surfing and the walking has finished we’ll assemble in a nearby pub for Sunday lunch before saying our final farewells at around 3pm. Hopefully the sun and sea wind will leave you feeling totally refreshed as you say goodbye to this very special part of Wales.
About the location
The Gower Peninsula
At just over 70 square miles, the Gower peninsula in South Wales was the UK’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, protected for its wildlife and it’s dramatic scenery. The coastline fluctuates between cliffs, wide sandy beaches, and sand dunes. Beyond the shore there are woodlands and moorland hills which frequently drop straight down to the beach.
At the western end, on either side of Rhossili bay, are two headlands that become islands at high tide. The southern headland is the famous ‘Worm’s Head’, a sea-serpent like line of rock and earth that forms the most westerly point of Gower. The whole of the coast is accessible via public rights of way, and there are also many inland paths, making the area easy to explore for walkers.
Good to know:
We’ll be staying in a hostel on the south coast of Gower, surrounded by several nature reserves, cliffs and spectacular views. This is a great base to explore Gower, with some of the best routes accessible just by walking out of the door.
Port Eynon YHA
- 2 nights hostel accommodation, please note bedding is supplied but you will need a towel
- 2 days of guided day walks – please note any excursions or other extra activities will incur an additional charge.
- Welcome meal on the Friday plus Saturday night evening meal. Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday and then a packed lunch for Saturday.
- As well as meals, we also provide a variety of complimentary soft drinks and beverages – tea & coffee which includes herbal, fruit and decaffeinated options and fruit squashes.
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What our members have to say...
Well, for a non-walker it was certainly challenging but my word was it exhilarating! The feeling of achievement after every day, was just fabulous. The group we went with were all strangers on day one, but firm friends by the end of the week. The comradery on some of the tougher walks, helped me to the top…..and wow what views. Anyone thinking of doing it - don’t worry….just go for it!ClaireMember Since 2016
My first Large Outdoors and (Ulster & the Giant's Causeway Walking Weekend) Irish experience was absolutely fantastic. Everything was organised perfectly and Gareth is a joy to be around. I loved every minute and will definitely book myself onto another trip. #toldallmyfriendstheyhavetocomeVanessaMember Since 2018
“I didn’t really know what to expect on my first ever walking holiday and wasn’t very prepared if truth be known – lesson to all read the essential kit list especially waterproofs! It was great fun and what a lovely group of supportive and encouraging people, especially Gareth who did a great job looking after us all. I must admit at times I found it a bit challenging but what a great sense of achievement when we reached the top of the mountains (hills) I will definitely do this again.ElizabethMember Since 2016