The Peninsula was Britain’s first Designated Area of Natural Beauty, and it is not difficult to see why. It is largely undeveloped and unspoilt, and its appeal lies mainly in its quiet remoteness and riches of natural beauty. The Gower Peninsula offers a diverse range of landscape, from 34 miles of coastline, with 50 beautiful beaches, dramatic cliffs, to picturesque villages and peaceful countryside. It is no suitable holiday center for the tourist who is in search of sophisticated pastimes and organized entertainment, and here lies its great charm.
Three Cliffs Bay, Gower
The South coast is the main delight of Gower, after a few popular bays, Limeslade, Bracelet, Langland & Caswell,
heading west the stunning Three Cliffs
and Oxwich Bay emerge. The coast becomes more rugged, the magnificence of its cliff scenery coming to a climax with the fantastically shaped promontory of worms head at Rhossili,
reputed to be the seventh most photographed sunset in the world.
Worms Head, Rhossili
At the foot of high limestone cliffs lie excellent bays and coves of fine yellow sand. Here we have the best surfing and water sport beaches in the UK. Year by year the coastline wins an array of awards from the Blue Flag to the Rural Seaside & Green coast awards all demonstrating quality beaches.
Rhossili down, Hillend Burrow and Worms Head, Gower
The National Trust ownes extensive areas in Rhossili, the cliffs, Worms Head, beach and the Down. The beautiful scenery & spectacular views are amongst the best in Wales. It is a walker’s paradise, the grassy cliff tops with carpets of bracken & yellow gorse provide memorable walks. The three mile crescent of Rhossili Bay is amongst 'The Times' newspaper’s 20 greatest walks. [June 2007].
Paragliding, Rhossili Down
Rhossili Down is the highest point in Gower, and it is well worth the walk for the exceptional views it affords. The down is also well known for its archaeology, with burial mounds, cairns & stone chambers. There are numerous caves in the limestone cliffs too. One of them is Paviland cave.
The North side of the Peninsula is very different in character. It is flatter and flanked by a river estuary. It is fairly desolate when the tide is low, showing a wide expanse of salt marshes. There are many estuarine villages sloping down to the salt marshes, some centered around the cockle industry, such as Llanmorlais, Llanrhidian & Penclawdd.
Cockles and the abundant produce of smallholders are still sold in Swansea Market.
Arthur's Stone near Cefn Bryn,Gower
The Ridge, separating South and North Gower, Cefn Bryn
rises to 600 feet at two points, and provides excellent long views of the Bristol Channel, Devon, Pembrokshire, Breconshire and Camarthenshire. The variety of landscapes makes it ideal for the walker, there are numerous footpaths, indeed there is a footpath right around the Gower, some 45 miles.
Bird life is rich and varied, and the botanist will find in this area almost every zone of vegetation. From every period, since prehistoric times, there are traces of human habitation. The countryside is dotted with menhirs, barrows and dolmens, such as Arthur’s Stone
near Cefn Bryn-in all some 1200 archaeological sites. These include Six Castles, Iron Age Fort and numerous churches.
Oxwich Castle, Gower
Christian worship has taken place in the Gower over a period of 1500 years, some of the churches are 700 years old, and probably stand where earlier, simpler structures of the Celtic period existed. For centuries these Gower churches were the focal point of small rural communities. Today, every village has an interesting feature, be it the church, cross, carvings or village green.
The peaks of Three cliffs and distant Great Tor
Gower is a popular tourist destination. Having “discovered” the Peninsula, they return time and time again to enjoy the delights of this unique part of Wales.