To quote Lonely Planet, “the tiny beach-rich, Gower Peninsula is one of Wales’ loveliest corners. Gorgeous sandy beaches, flower fringed limestone cliffs, and easy going coastal walks”. This in a nutshell, is what you will find on a visit to this area of South Wales, a 19 mile long peninsula seeped in history, popular with walkers and surfers, and home to some of the cleanest beaches in Wales.
These are not the only things the Gower Peninsula is known for though, delve deeper, and you will find 1200 points of archaeological interest, and the fact that it was the first area to be designated an Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty, means there is a varied landscape to explore.
Outdoor Leisure activities are the focus of many peoples time here, and if you visit, your itinerary could include walking, cycling, rock climbing, caving, and of course surfing. Beaches such as Llangennith Sands and Caswell Bay provide good opportunities to ride the waves, and participate in water sports. There are beaches to suit every taste along the Gower though, and there is more information on the hidden coves, and dog/family friendly beaches on the Gower Beaches Page. The South Wales Caving Club also has a lively presence in the area, and it’s from here that you can find out more about the cave systems near their headquarters, and the unique underground environment of the Llethryd Tooth Cave, which is also covered in more detail here.
If you’d prefer to find out more about the history of this area, then the built heritage is a good place to start. Although evidence of some buildings is little more than marked ditches, rubble and ruins, there are 3 well preserved castles open to visitors, including Oystermouth Castle, which thanks to investment, is well on its way to becoming a leading attraction in the area.
Although right in the middle of a beautiful area of unspoilt coastline, when you visit the Gower, you’re never far from the bright lights of Swansea, the second largest city in Wales. Here you can enjoy the cities position as a regional shopping hub, relish the lively nightlife, and visit attractions like The National Waterfront Museum or the large Swansea Market. If you’re looking for a contrast, then the seaside village of the Mumbles is just along the coast. Labelled as the gateway to the Gower, it prides itself on its mix of boutiques, cafes, galleries, and good quality restaurants.
As you can see, a trip to the Gower can offer the best of the great outdoors, a healthy dash of coastal living, and should you need it, a slice of urban culture. Why not find out more, or take a trip there yourself.