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The Gower Peninsula & Wye Valley

Walk Wales' Gower Peninsula with arguably some of Britain's best coastal scenery. Followed by perhaps the most unspoilt river valley in Britain, the Wye flows through breathtaking scenery rich in both Welsh and English history.

  • Wales

    England

  • 10 nights
  • Half Board
  • Apr

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    Sep

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Tour codes: 79710

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Our holiday walking grades

Moderate

Grade 5

Full day walks with moderate amounts of ascent and descent.

The paths are mostly good, but there may be some steep and rough ground.

Walks will last up to 6 hours and could involve as much as 750m of ascent and descent. Some walks will be less demanding.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Walk in one of Wales’ ‘Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty’
  • Visit the village of Rhossili, a gateway for walkers and beach lovers
  • Take in the views of dramatic coastline and cliffs
  • Admire the view from the top of Symonds Yat Rock
  • Explore the ruins of Tintern Abbey below the Devil’s Pulpit
  • Walk sections of long distance trails through the tranquil Wye Valley

Jutting out from the South Wales coast, the Gower Peninsula is a microcosm of the best that Wales has to offer. Beautiful beaches, cliff paths, ancient castles and pre-historic burial sites.

Gower was Britain’s first designated ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ and has some of Britain’s best coastal scenery. Spectacular beaches and coastal walks, golden sand, geological outcrops, sandy shores, caves, Norman castles, pretty villages and much more. 

In 2022 we are based in Morgan’s Hotel in Swansea. It is located close by the waterfront and revitalised marina. We use private hire transport each day. Our walks cover the best of the peninsula. We start on the Mumbles and walk a fine section of the coast path to Caswell Bay and beyond. We will discover Rhossili Bay and one of the finest beaches in the country. For views the Gower Ridge is hard to beat. It is hard to imagine a more diverse set of walks in such a small geographical area.

If you require, transport is offered to the second centre in Coleford for the final six nights to enjoy our Walking the Wye Valley holiday. Perhaps the most unspoilt river valley in Britain, the Wye flows though breathtaking scenery rich in both Welsh and English history. From the source of northern Wales down to the Bristol Channel, the river passes many evocative and famous sites – Symonds Yat, Kilvert country, Tintern Abbey – and conjures up vivid memories of the 19th century Wye-tourers in search of the ‘picturesque’.

The area enjoys a relatively mild climate and its vineyards continue the tradition of producing wines probably started by the Romans. Over 800 years ago an abbey was built at Tintern and its ruins still stand tall. Further downstream lies the historic border town of Chepstow with its early Norman, stone built castle.

We’ll follow sections of the Wye Valley Walk, the Offa’s Dyke Path and surrounding trails meandering along the hillsides high above the majestic River Wye often emerging at superb viewing points such as Symonds Yat Rock and the Eagle’s Nest. We can take in the area’s rich history and discover the myths and legends of these borderlands.

You might also be interested in our holidays spending time in either: The Gower Peninsula or Walking the Wye Valley

  • Half board en-suite accommodation
  • Private transport to and from the trailheads
  • Services of a dedicated leader
  • Complimentary transfer from Morgan's Hotel to The Speech House Hotel on Day 5
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance (you can add this when you book)

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we may unfortunately need to withdraw a tour that is currently confirmed to operate and we therefore reserve the right to cancel your booking. We would always do our utmost to give you plenty of notice should we have to do this. Selected elements of this tour, including local attractions and restaurants, may change at late notice. Please ensure you have valid insurance cover before you travel.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival day

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

Independent travel to Morgan's Hotel in Swansea. Depending on your room allocation, your room will be available between 2pm and 4pm. If you arrive and your room is not ready you may drop your bags off at reception and make yourself comfortable in the hotel lounge. Meet your tour leader at approximately 6.30pm in the hotel for a briefing before dinner. If time allows in is well worth taking a stroll around the marina, a short distance from the hotel. It makes a pleasant introduction to the city.

Day 2

Oystermouth Castle to Bishopston valley

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    6 hours

  • Distance

    10 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    420/350m

Transport takes us to start the walk on the seafront at The Mumbles and Oystermouth Castle. We start with a quick stroll through the castle grounds and then continue over Mumbles Hill Nature Reserve, with great views of Mumbles Head lighthouse. Turning west along the coastal path we head to sandy Caswell Bay for lunch and a quick paddle. This afternoon we continue along the Wales Coast Path before turning inland; passing through the impressive limestone geology of the Bishopston Valley to Kittle where we meet our transport back to the hotel.

Day 3

The Gower Ridge

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    6 hours

  • Distance

    10 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    300m

Transport takes us to start the walk on the seafront at The Mumbles and Oystermouth Castle. We start with a quick stroll through the castle grounds and then continue over Mumbles Hill Nature Reserve, with great views of Mumbles Head lighthouse. Turning west along the coastal path we head to sandy Caswell Bay for lunch and a quick paddle. This afternoon we continue along the Wales Coast Path before turning inland; passing through the impressive limestone geology of the Bishopston Valley to Kittle where we meet our transport back to the hotel.

Day 4

Rhossili Bay

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    6 hours

  • Distance

    10 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    400m

Today we take in one of the finest beaches in Wales. We start in the hamlet of Pitton and walk down Mewslade to meet the coastal path. The path takes us to the look-out station above Worms Head.  We then head north along the bay, over Rhossili Down to Rhosilli beach, 3 miles of golden sand. Look out for the surfers, this is one of the best surfing beaches in Britain. After exploring the islet of Burry Holms, tides permitting, we turn inland to Llangennith village to finish our walk.

Day 5

Free day - Swansea to Coleford

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

After breakfast and check out of Morgan's Hotel you can either make your way independently to the Speech House Hotel in Coleford or you can take our complimentary transfer. You then have some free time before your evening meal in the hotel restaurant.

*If arriving by public transport you may like to benefit from the complimentary transfer from Swansea to Coleford. If you decide to drive, you will be required to drive to the second centre as your vehicle cannot be left at Morgan's Hotel for the duration of this holiday*

Day 6

Circular walk from Goodrich, to Coppett Hill and Welsh Bicknor

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    9 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    500/480m

Our private coach takes us to the village of Goodrich and we take a walk along Coppet Hill and then beside the Wye looking up to the craggy heights of Coldwell Rocks; a nesting place for Peregrines in the spring and summer months. We return via the meadows of Welsh Bicknor over Coppet Hill to meet our coach at Goodrich Castle. There will probably be time for refreshments in the castle tea rooms and an optional visit to the impressive ruins. (English Heritage charges apply)

Day 7

St Briavels to Monmouth via the Kymin

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    9 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    430/600m

Our private coach takes us on the short journey to St Briavels for the start of our walk. We drop down to walk alongside a petrifying stream and walk the uplands above to the Wye and bordering the Forest of Dean to visit Newland church, the “Cathedral of the Forest”. Later we reach the Kymin viewpoint and descend to the market town of Monmouth.

Day 8

Symonds Yat Rock, the Seven Sisters and King Arthur’s Cave

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    8.75 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    500/450m

We are dropped off at Lower Lydbrook, beside the Wye and walk over farm-land to Coldwell Rocks where, below, we can see the path on the opposite bank of the Wye we took on our first walk. After visiting Symonds Yat Rock, we walk next to the Wye and visit some impressive geological features. We cross the Wye on a suspension bridge to visit the famous Seven Sisters viewpoint, a prehistoric cave and an iron-age fort before meeting our transport at Ganarew.

Day 9

St Briavels to Tintern Abbey via the Devil's Pulpit

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    10 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    600/800m

We take a short coach ride back to St Briavels, and set off through farmland and forest above the Wye, visiting some of the best-preserved parts of Offa’s Dyke. We reach the Devil’s Pulpit rock with views of Tintern Abbey far below. We return through coppiced woodland and a long-forgotten railway line to Tintern.

Day 10

The Angidy Valley and the Wye Valley Walk

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    9 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    450m

We start where we finished on day 5 at Tintern. Today there is an option to visit Tintern Abbey, (charges apply) then walk in the valley of the Angidy stream which used to be a power source for industry long ago. We visit the remains of Tintern Furnace then reach rolling uplands and Cleddon Falls, returning along Woodsworth’s path high above the Wye.

Day 11

Departure day

Meals

Breakfast

Depart the Speech House Hotel after breakfast. Check out is by 10.30am. We hope you have enjoyed your holiday and look forward to welcoming you on another soon.

From (GBP)£1,330

Departure dates for your selected tour

18th Apr 2022 - 28th Apr 2022 (10 Nights)

20th Jun 2022 - 30th Jun 2022 (10 Nights)

8th Aug 2022 - 18th Aug 2022 (10 Nights)

19th Sep 2022 - 29th Sep 2022 (10 Nights)

Travel Details

Private coach transport to and from the trailheads, if necessary, is included.

Nearest railway station: Swansea (1 mile)

Nearest bus stops: Swansea

Taxis are available between Swansea Train and bus stations to the hotel.

If arriving by public transport you may like to benefit from the complimentary transfer from Swansea to Coleford. If you decide to drive, you will be required to drive to the second centre as your vehicle cannot be left at Morgan's Hotel for the duration of this holiday.

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

Morgan's Hotel

Set in an ornate Harbour Trust building dating from 1902, Morgan’s Hotel is a 2-minute walk from the Swansea Museum and a 3-minute walk from the Dylan Thomas Theatre. Elegant rooms offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, DVD players and minifridges, plus tea & coffeemaking facilities. Full Welsh breakfast is served daily. There's also a traditional restaurant serving European fare in a glass-roofed atrium, along with a modern cocktail lounge and a sophisticated champagne bar.


The Speech House Hotel

Built in 1676 as a hunting lodge for King Charles II, the three star Speech House Hotel has been refurbished to offer modern facilities and comfortable rooms while retaining its period features.

The Speech House is located 5 miles from the Wye Valley in the heart of the Forest of Dean. Rooms are set in the main house or in the courtyard, with many offering forest views. All rooms are decorated in a traditional style and have TVs with Freeview and tea and coffee-making facilities. Wi-Fi is available in the public areas of the hotel. 

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

This is a Grade 5 moderate holiday which includes full day walks with moderate amounts of ascent and descent. The paths are mostly good, but there may be some steep and rough ground. Walks will last up to 6 hours and could involve as much as 750m of ascent and descent. Some walks will be less demanding but equally rewarding. See the 'Proposed Itinerary' for more information.

Walks & Excursions

Local Transport Costs

All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.

Optional Excursions

A range of local excursions and activities may be available to book at your destination through a local operator. We have no involvement in such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by us. Your contract will be with the local activity supplier and we accept no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, any meals not included in the holiday price, non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or additional services such as laundry. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.

Tipping

Although entirely at your own discretion, tipping is an important aspect of tourism and hospitality life and expectations are fairly high. In order to simplify tipping, we strongly recommend that you allow your leader to take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff and to local guides and drivers. This will be done using some funds provided by us together with, if you wish, a contribution from you, which he/she will collect during the holiday.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader makes the world of difference to your holiday and ours are as passionate about discovering the world on foot as you are. They're resourceful, organised and widely travelled. They will handle all the local administration and other needs that might arise to ensure that you don't have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday. Although leading group holidays, they won't forget that every group is made up of individuals. Each tour leader has their own individual style, talents and professional backgrounds and all are trained, qualified, experienced and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting and inspiring as possible.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day. This will be your opportunity to discuss the details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. If you have concerns on clothing or equipment, this can be discussed then also. If you do not wish to join the organised group programme, please let the leader know.

Your Travel Details

To reach the hotel:

by car: Leave the M4 at Junction 42, which will take you into Swansea. Follow the signs for the Gower and then South Gower. You will see Swansea Bay to the left of you, head towards Mumbles but keep following the signs for Gower. Take a right turning at the traffic lights for Singleton Hospital. Take a right at the next mini roundabout, straight through the next set of traffic lights and left at the 'T' Junction onto the South Gower Road. Follow this road through Killay, past Swansea Airport, until you see a sign for Oxwich on your left. Take a left at Oxwich Village cross roads. The hotel is by the beach at the end of the road. There is car parking at the hotel.

by rail / coach: The nearest railway station and coach station is Swansea. There are direct trains from London Paddington station and Cardiff Central amongst other places. A taxi from Swansea station to the hotel will take about 20 minutes and will cost around £35 each way. You may wish to phone Oyster Cabs (01792 367777) for a quote.

You may also wish to look at the following website for advice on the best way to travel to the hotel: www.rome2rio.com 

The AA and RAC both offer free and detailed on-line route planning facilities on their websites which may help you find our hotels. Details can be found at: www.theaa.co.uk and www.rac.co.uk

Meeting your tour leader and fellow walkers: Please check the time of dinner (approximately 7pm) on arrival at the hotel, and aim to be in the lounge bar half an hour before dinner for an introduction to your leader, an outline of the planned programme for your holiday and the chance to meet your walking companions.

Personal Details Check

To ensure that we can accurately administer your holiday arrangements, please confirm that the personal details we hold for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to properly manage your holiday booking. You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.ramblersholidays.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 331133. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.

Passports and Visas

Passport Information for United Kingdom

Any non UK or EU citizens may be subject to passport, identity card or visa requirements to enter the United Kingdom.

Meals

Half board en suite accommodation. Breakfasts and dinners are taken in the main hotel building. Please note that picnic lunches are not included on this holiday.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks. 

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Lightweight quick-drying trousers
  • Walking T-shirt/shirts
  • Walking socks
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun block
  • Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate)
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
  • Day sack liner
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity (more than 1 bottle may be required)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)
  • Sit mat

This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Holiday booking confirmation document
  • Travel insurance details (if applicable)
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Water To Go

An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

Maps, Guidebooks & More

Our intended route is covered by the following maps:

Ordnance Survey Outdoor Leisure series (1:25,000):
OL14 Wye Valley & The Forest of Dean

Ordnance Survey Explorer 1:25,000 Series 164 Gower / Gwyr

The Map Shop

If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:

The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
WR8 0HJ
England

Tel: 01684 593 146
Website: www.themapshop.co.uk
E-mail: [email protected]

If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before departure. Advice on vaccinations is available from your GP.

Health Advice for United Kingdom

No compulsory immunisations are required for holidays in the UK although you should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended for life in Britain. Tetanus immunisation is recommended.

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

Although not compulsory for British and EU citizens resident in the UK, we strongly recommend that you take out travel insurance to cover you in the event of eventualities such as unexpected cancellation, accident or illness before your holiday or the loss of personal possessions.

Visitors who are not British Citizens (or who are not EU citizens resident in the UK), must be adequately insured to join our holidays and will be unable to participate in our local walking and other activity programmes without being able to demonstrate that you have valid travel insurance.

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office provides up to date information on security and local laws for travellers, together with current passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Please take a few minutes to look at the current advice on your planned destination.

Please be aware of what's going on around you, take sensible precautions with your credit cards and passport and avoid displays of wealth such as wearing expensive jewellery or watches. Do not carry more cash on you than you will need for each day, and we recommend that a money belt is used.

Cultural Awareness

Responsible Travel

We're committed to ethical tourism in all our destinations. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.

The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust

Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel’s profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Please do provide us with a mobile phone contact number. We will only use this to contact you with important information relating to your holiday arrangements. 

Do keep your mobile phones switched on and readily available when travelling to the airport or if delayed in transit so that we can contact you with any last minute information relating to your travel arrangements.  

As a matter of courtesy, please switch off your mobile phone during walks, or endeavour to minimise its use. Please also try to minimise the use of mobile devices during group meals.

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