Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.