Our holiday begins in Oxwich Bay, Gower for the first four nights of this combined holiday. Jutting out from the South Wales coast the Gower Peninsula is a microcosm of the best that Wales has to offer. Your walks will take you to beautiful beaches, past cliffs where sea birds nest, to ancient castles and even more ancient 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 and gulleys, wildlife habitats, Norman castles and ancient churches, pretty villages and much more. For such a small area there is an amazing amount to be enjoyed.
You are based at a stone’s throw from the shore of Oxwich Bay on Gower’s southern coast, a lovely sandy beach, ideal for a paddle or swim. The ruined fortified manor house of Oxwich Castle sits on the headland above the bay. Your walks will cover the best of the peninsula and explore sections of the Gower Coastal Path. The crescent shaped Rhossili Beach at the western end of the peninsula is as fine as any in the country. Our walking offers sweeping views from the high land behind the beach to Pembroke.
You will then be transported 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