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THE GOWER PENINSULA

from £429
Walk Wales' Gower Peninsula with arguably some of Britain's best coastal scenery from a base at Oxwich on Gower's southern coast.

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.

We 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. 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.

We take 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.

Your walks on this holiday will cover the best of the peninsula and explore sections of the Gower Coastal Path. 


Subject to availability, you can book this holiday followed by our Walking the Wye Valley holiday as a 10 night combined holiday (tour code 79710). 

Holiday Highlights

  • Walking in an ‘Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty’.
  • Visit Rhossili Village, a gateway for walkers and beach lovers.
  • Dramatic views of 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 
      Breakfasts and dinners are taken in the main hotel building
      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 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.

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.

  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.

  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. 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! 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

    After breakfast and check out of the Oxwich Bay 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. 

  6. Day 6

    Circular walk from Goodrich, to Coppett Hill and Welsh Bicknor. A coach takes us to the village of Goodrich and we take a walk along Coppett 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 Coppett Hill to meet our coach at Goodrich Castle. Probably there will be time for refreshments in the castle tea rooms and an optional visit to the impressive ruins. (English Heritage charges apply)

  7. Day 7

    Coleford to Newland along the Slade Brook to St Briavels. We take the local ‘bus to Coleford and walk the uplands above to the Wye and bordering the Forest of to visit Newland church, the “Cathedral of the Forest”. We drop down to walk alongside a petrifying stream and finish the day at the charming village of St. Briavels. Time to look at the church, another castle and a tea room.

  8. Day 8

    St Briavels to Tintern Abbey via the Devil's Pulpit. We take a short coach ride to St Briavels, our finishing point on Day 3, and set offthrough 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 via a long-forgotten railway line to Tintern where a visit to the abbey ruins (and another tea room) is a possibility.

  9. Day 9

    The Forest of Dean Industrial Heritage Trail. Today we walk from the hotel mainly in deciduous woodlands, past Cannop Ponds, occasionally catching a glimpse of the industrial past hidden in the forest. There are leafy quarries, old mine workings, tramways, tunnels, old railways, and even the remains an experimental iron works complex. We return on a circular route to the hotel.

  10. Day 10

    English Bicknor to Monmouth via Symonds Yat Rock and the Kymin. We are dropped off at the village of English Bicknor and walk to Symonds Yat Rock. Below we can see the path on the opposite bank of the Wye we took on day 2. We descend to the river and walk along peaceful sections before ascending to the Kymin viewpoint. From here we descend again to the historic town of Monmouth.

  11. Day 11

    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. 

Travel Details

  • Nearest railway station: Llanelli (18 miles)
  • Nearest bus stops: Oxwich
  • Taxis are available between Llanelli and Oxwich.

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Our Accommodation on this holiday

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday. If you are on a multi-centre holiday, these are highlights of the places where we stay. Please refer to your Holiday Information sheet (which can be found under View Departures & Book), for your departure date and for all your accommodation details.

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 each evening is taken in the hotel restaurant, which has views over the sea. You will have choice from an excellent three course set menu. The restaurant has a good reputation and the residents of Swansea often make the trip to dine here. Full English and Welsh breakfasts are served every morning. 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 however they can be purchased from the hotel or there will be opportunities each day to purchase supplies. Free internet is available in the hotel bar and main hotel bedrooms (not currently available in the cottage bedrooms).