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THE GOWER PENINSULA

from £395
Walk Wales' Gower Peninsula with arguably some of Britain's best coastal scenery from a base at Oxwich on Gower's southern coast.
  • Product Code 79704
  • Holiday Type Walking Holiday
  • Grade Grade 5
  • Holiday Duration 4 Nights

Guided Walking Holidays The Gower Peninsula

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.

Another classic walk takes in Three Cliffs Bay with its triangular limestone crags cutting into the surf and the dramatic and beautifully located ruins of Pennard Church and Castle. Inland along the spine of the peninsula you come across plenty of evidence of human habitation dating back to ancient times. King Arthur’s stone, a Neolithic burial chamber, is thought to date back to 2,500 B.C.


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.
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Half board en-suite accommodation
      All transport necessary to and from the walks


Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised program, 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.

This departure: Grade 5

  1. Day 1

    Independent travel to the Oxwich Bay Hotel at Oxwich Bay on the Gower Peninsula. 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.

  2. Day 2

    Two Bays circular walk. We start today’s walk from the hotel, climbing through woodland to emerge opposite Oxwich Castle. We follow an old drover’s road and an inland series of lanes and paths to the charming coastal town of Port Eynon. After lunch and a visit to the ruins of the ancient salt works, we will return east along the undulating coastal path with views of Port Eynon Bay and Oxwich Bay. The walk finishes with a series of steps up the massive cliffs of Oxwich bay and then descends gently through woodland to our hotel. Distance is about 9½ miles and the day involves about 250 meters of ascent and descent.

  3. Day 3

    Walking the western beaches. A coach takes us further to the west to start a descending walk through a limestone valley to the cliff path. We head out towards the viewpoint above Worm’s Head, a sinuous promontory regularly cut off by the tides. Turning to the North we visit Rhossili village and climb the Downs to appreciate the spectacular views of Rhossili Beach. A ridge walk is followed by a descent along the far end of the beach to the island called Burry Holms with its church remains. The walk continues inland to the village of Llangennith with an interesting church and a welcoming pub. Transport will take us back to our hotel.  Distance is about 10 miles and 200 meters ascent, but with a shorter version possible of 8 miles.

  4. Day 4

    Castles and Cairns. This walk crosses the peninsula from north to south and visits two castles, an ancient burial chamber and the Gower Ridgeway. From the Ridgeway, which is like the spine of Gower, we will be able to see where we have already walked on Rhossili Downs and views of south Wales and as far as the Brecons. On a clear day the whole of Gower will be visible to us. We descend to our hotel through the grounds of Penrice Castle.  Distance today is about 9 miles and we climb up 180 meters to the ridge. We then descend 180 meters to the hotel.

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    A Hidden Valley and the Southern Coast. This walk is a bit longer than the others and explores the southeast of Gower. Transport will take us to the northern end of the Bishopston Valley, with its fascinating limestone geology, swallow holes and the sudden appearance of a tiny stream. We follow this stream as it develops into a broad flowing river down to the coast.  Here we join the coastal path and head west towards Three Cliffs Bay with its famous rock formations. A side trip is possible to Pennard Castle. We then head back along the coastal path via the Oxwich Bay nature reserve. Some walking is on the impressive coastal sand dunes and the loose sand can be quite tiring, but the experience is worth it!  The full walk is about 11 miles with 250 meters ascent and 350 meters of descent. A shorter version, not visiting Pennard castle will cut out a 2 mile stretch, and walkers can choose their preferred option on the day.

  5. Day 5

    Independent departure from the hotel after breakfast. Check out is by 11am.

Travel Details

All transport in conjunction with the walks and sightseeing excursions are, if necessary, is included.

Nearest railway station: Llanelli (18 miles)

Nearest bus stops: Oxwich

Taxis are available between Llanelli and Oxwich.

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Oxwich Bay Hotel, Oxwich Bay

We stay at the welcoming three-star Oxwich Bay Hotel beautifully situated above the bay and just a stone’s throw from the beach. It has recently been extensively updated and upgraded. Dinner is taken at the restaurant, which has views over the sea, from an excellent three course set menu. Such is the reputation of the restaurant; residents of Swansea often make the trip to dine here. A full English and Welsh breakfasts are is served every day. The hotel rooms are either in the main building or converted workers cottages a short walk away. All guest rooms are en-suite, with tea and coffee-making facilities, TVs, telephones and radios. Please note that picnic lunches are not included on this holiday. Free internet is available.


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