FIVE OF THE BEST WALKS ON THE GOWER PENINSULA

The Gower Peninsula in South Wales is known for its stunning natural beauty, coastal landscapes, and picturesque walks. It is nestled on the southern coast of Wales, and is a natural paradise that effortlessly blends rugged coastal beauty, pristine sandy beaches, and rich historical heritage. It is one of the most beautiful places in the world, though, I am slightly biased as I grew up here.

Designated as the UK’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Gower Peninsula has some beautiful landscapes, ranging from dramatic limestone cliffs and idyllic bays to ancient woodlands and picturesque villages. With its diverse ecosystems, iconic landmarks it is honestly one blooming stunning place to hike. Pop these five walks on your walking Wales bucket list.

Here are five of my favourite walks you can enjoy on the Gower Peninsula:

1. Rhossili Bay and Worm’s Head Walk:

Worms head is probably one of the most unique view points in Gower. Begin your journey at Rhossili Bay, (a renowned UK beach that has won many awards in the past for the most beautiful beach). As you hike along the coastal path, you’ll be treated to awe-inspiring vistas of dramatic cliffs and the boundless sea. The highlight of this walk is the opportunity to cross the tidal causeway to Worm’s Head, a rocky island. Remember to verify tide times before attempting the causeway crossing to ensure a safe and unforgettable experience.

2. Three Cliffs Bay Walk:

Probably my (El’s) favourite view on the Gower Coast. Start your walk at the historic Pennard Castle ruins and here you can see out over the bay (see picture below). From this point, you can make your way towards the iconic Three Cliffs Bay. Traverse through charming woodlands, navigate sand dunes, and relish the breathtaking beauty of the three distinctive limestone cliffs that give the bay its name.

3. Langland to Caswell Walk:

This hidden gem along the Gower coast, just a stone’s throw from the lively Mumbles village, is a wildlife haven. It is also the easiest walk on this list, but no less impressive. You can do this walk either way round if you are happy for it to be an ‘out and back’. There is parking in both Langland and Caswell, as well as cafes and loos. Peregrine falcons, ravens, and a symphony of birdlife can be spotted here, while the waters might treat you to some grey seals and the occasional appearance of porpoises! On land, slow worms, lizards, and adders can all be spotted, and don’t miss the cliffs between Caswell and Langland – they’re like a natural masterpiece designated as a “Site of Special Scientific Interest.”

4. Whiteford Sands and Lighthouse Walk:

Starting at Cwm Ivy Woods, you’ll uncover a pristine beach and an iconic lighthouse. This is a bit of a hidden treasure on the Gower Peninsula, there are rarely many people on this walk (it does help it is quite a large wooded area and beach). This is the car park: Whiteford Beach Car Park, SA3 1DE, there is an honesty box there for payment so I would recommend taking some change. Turn right and head down the hill, until you reach the National Trust gate signed ‘Cwm Ivy’ – you are now on the route to head towards the woods and the beach. This place is extra special at sunset, and you might be lucky enough to spot some wild horses.

5. Port Eynon to Horton Walk:

Experience the coastal charm of the Gower Peninsula with the Port Eynon to Horton Walk. Start your journey at Port Eynon and get ready for a scenic trek along the shoreline. Sandy beaches, rocky coves, and incredible views – this walk really does have it all. As you traverse this route, you’ll encounter the historic Port Eynon lifeboat station and the charming village of Horton.

Before setting out on any of these walks, ensure you review local trail maps, check weather conditions, and confirm tide times, where applicable. The Gower Peninsula is as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which isn’t hard to see whilst you are there!

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Happy walking!

El x

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