Nothing beats a brisk walk by the sea to energise yourself in the lull between Christmas and New Year! If you’ve had a few mince pies too many over recent days, then get yourself down to one of Gower’s spectacular beaches and blow the cobwebs away with a winter walk.
Here are our top 4 Gower strolls, guaranteed to stretch your legs and let you take in the breath-taking scenery.
1. Rhossili Downs
Park in the National Trust car park, and as a warm-up follow the track to catch a close-up of the Worms Head without crossing the causeway. Once you’re back in the car park you can either take yourself into the beachy haven that is The Bay Bistro for a pre-amble coffee, or get stuck into into action and make your way back towards the village, taking the path that leads you behind the church. Keep left and you’ll stumble upon the National Trust gate which sits in front of a stone building at the foot of the steep (and slightly daunting) Downs! Set-off up the somewhat long and winding path to the top, and you won’t be disappointed. Make your way to the top (the good news is it flattens out eventually) and you’ll be greeted by the bright white trig point which sits proudly at the summit. The rest is easy. Downhill whichever way you turn. Continue onwards to Hill End Caravan Park in Llangennith, and make your way back across the beach. Voted the 11th best beach in Europe this year, it is easy to see why this beauty of a beach retains its TripAdvisor top title year-on-year.
2. Mewslade to Fall Bay
If you haven't yet discover the gem that is Mewslade Bay, then take the signposted turning at Pitton, and follow the narrow road down into the farm car park. Take notice of the discrete signs as you make your way between the farm buildings and through the woodland and into the valley that leads you towards the sea. A tidal bay, Mewslade only gives up its sandy shore for part of the day, so be sure to check the tides before making a trip. That said, you can skirt around the shore and stay within the confines of the cliff-top path which leads you all the way to neighbouring Fall Bay a short distance away.
3. Pennard Castle
Turning right from the car park at Pennard Castle will bring you out onto the best vantage point for inhaling the awe-inspiring spectacle that is Three Cliffs Bay. Make you way down the valley and back up the other side which leads you up via a wooden walkway and you will gain a different perspective and notice Pennard Castle in the distance. The path will take you around the edge of Pennard Golf Course and past the water tower. Where Linkside Drive meets the road, take yourself through the kissing gate at the bottom of the school playing fields. Take this path alongside the houses and follow the hedgerow through three fields, woodland and a water treatment plant. Keep right and the lane will bring you out back at the car park.
4. Mumbles Front
If you're looking for an easy, comfort-laden walk with a splash of sea air, then park up at Verdi's and make your way along Mumbles front. Passing along this popular promenade, you'll definitely be in the company of a few of Santa's young bike enthusiasts and rows of colourful fishing boats, but this is an outing you can break-up with a pub lunch, coffee, a wander around the amusement arcade and top-off it with a Joe's Ice Cream - the only ice-cream to warm you up in winter!
And if you fancy bringing the outside in all year round, then why not choose a travel print from the Travel Prints Wales collection to hang in your home?