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The Gower Peninsula & Wye Valley

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

Guided Walking Holidays - The Gower Peninsula & Wye Valley

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 just a week in either: The Gower Peninsula or Walking the Wye Valley 

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.



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
      Complimentary transfer from The Oxwich Bay Hotel to The Speech House Hotel on Day 5



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.

  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.


    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 vua 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

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.

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

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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 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.

The Speech House Hotel, Coleford

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. Wifi is available in the public areas of the hotel.

The Verderer’s Court restaurant has beamed ceilings and offers modern European cuisine.