Stunning coastline, sandy beaches and easy trails to explore
FoodSome provided. Details below
Difficulty LevelsMultiple walk options available See itinerary below
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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 climb to admire views over the whole of the peninsula, and to the north are the eerily flat marshlands of Llanrhidian.
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.
- A chance to make the most of the waves with the chance to learn to surf (May – October trips)… or just go for a swim!
- Staying in a beautiful village, hopefully with a BBQ on the Saturday evening.
- Getting to know a great bunch of people who all love the outdoors.
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.
Getting the beach vibe won’t be difficult as you arrive, our home is right on the coast in the seaside hamlet of Port Eynon, on the southern tip of the Gower Peninsula.
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. You’re welcome to arrive from 5pm, and we’ll be serving dinner at 8pm.
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.
After a hearty 8am breakfast, we’ll all prepare our packed lunches and head out on the walks. 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!
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 (weather permitting) we’ll be getting the BBQ under way for dinner. Hopefully a burger or two at sunset will ease you into the beach-side mindset ready for another day in this stunning place. 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.
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.
For this weekend we provide the following meals: Friday evening meal, breakfasts, and a packed lunch for Saturday’s walk. On the Saturday night and Sunday, we usually head to a local pub or café for lunch which is not included in the price of the weekend.
Please note we are unable to accept dogs on this weekend, with the exception of registered guided dogs which are welcome on all of our trips.
Address: Port Eynon YHA, Old Lifeboat House, Port Eynon, Swansea. SA3 1NN
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I have been joining Large Outdoors on their outdoor adventures for many years now. I wasn’t always an active person and as a self-confessed city dweller I never thought I would appreciate so much of what is on offer when you leave the suburbs behind you. Large Outdoors has not only made me appreciate what natural beauty is on our door step, it has also given me the confidence to challenge myself and see things differently.Shad EverettMember since 2009
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