As I left work last night, I noticed that it’s started getting just that little bit lighter for longer already.Pretty soon I’ll be riding my bike home from work again, the wind in my hair and the sun on my face, but until then, I’ll be day-dreaming about the summer; beach BBQ’s and coastal camping trips, and spending as much time as possible in The Gower Peninsula.
This coastal area in South Wales is blessed with some of the most outstanding beaches, bays and coastal landscapes in the country. What’s more, it is just a 90 minute drive from the centre of Cardiff. To help me cope with the wait for summer, I’ve picked out a few of my favourite spots in this beautiful area that I’ll definitely be re-visiting in 2015:
- Rhossili Bay: Popular with surfers and those who like their beaches wild and undeveloped; Rhossili Bay is a three-mile (4km) stretch of white sand within an area designated as the first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the UK. Waking up at one of the nearby campsites, the experience of taking a flask of tea through the sand dunes and down to 11th best beach in Europe is pretty special.
- Worms Head: At the bottom of Rhossili Bay, you’ll find Worm’s Head, a small tidal island which is accessible to walkers at low tide only. If the risk of getting stranded on an island all seems a bit much, the view over Rhossili Bay from the Worms Head Hotel beer garden is absolutely not to be missed (see below).
- Three Cliffs Bay: One of the most photographed areas of the Gower, this area is popular with horse riders who can often be seen galloping along the beach and in the surf. Climbers who brave the steep hills and sand dunes in this area will be rewarded with spectacular views.
- Fall Bay: Finally, Fall Bay is one of the hardest to reach beaches in the Gower, and as a result it is never crowded, making is perfect for those seeking scenic solitude. At very low tide, it is possible to walk over from the beach to the lovely Mewslade Bay.
Where to stay: I always make a beeline for The Kings Head in Llangennith – it’s a lovely, little country pub just a twenty minute walk from the sand dunes of Llangennith beach, and they have a great selection of dog-friendly, purpose built, en-suite rooms with under-floor heating and big bath tubs. Prices start from £85 per night, including breakfast.