Rhossili Bay

Walking the Gower Peninsula

6 days
from
$1,449 USD
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5 / 5 from 2 reviews
Walking & Trekking
Activity level:
Moderate
Activity Rating - Moderate
Trip code: 
TDL
Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Private Group Adventures
Activity:
Walking & Trekking
Group size:
6–12
Ages:
16+

 

Known for beautiful beaches, heather-clad moors, and rugged southwest coastline, wander through the Whiteford Burrows Nature Reserve and the Llanrhidian Marsh SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest), where Oystercatchers and Turnstones nestle in rare flora of early marsh orchid and dune gentian. Continuing to Rhossili village, our route takes in the famous “Worm’s Head”, the most westerly point on the Gower Peninsula and the fascinating ruins of the Salt House. We explore the Oxwich Burrows National Nature Reserve on or way to the spectacular Three Cliffs Bay, where lizards come to sun themselves on warm days. The Mumbles lighthouse marks the end of our Welsh odyssey, an enduring symbol of this beautiful coastal landscape. 

Key information

  • 5 nights hotel
  • 4 days centre-based walking
  • Group normally 4 to 12, plus leader
  • Countries visited: United Kingdom, Europe

What's included

  • All breakfasts and one dinner
  • All accommodation
  • All transport and listed activities

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single supplement
  • Visas and vaccinations
Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for private group trips:
1 844 227 9087
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

4

Days of Walking & Trekking
Terrain:

 

Day by day breakdown
Day 219.0km/11.0miles
Day 318.0km/10.0miles
Day 415.0km/10.0miles
Day 512.0km/7.0miles

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Itinerary

Bishopston
to
Bishopston
  • Day 1

    Arrive Bishopston

    Our start point is a lovely boutique hotel in the heart of the Bishopston Valley just a short distance from The Mumbles.

    In the evening our guide will hold a welcome meeting to discuss the week ahead, give advice and answer any questions.

    We'll then have our first meal together.

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    Gower Coastal Path

    We begin with a transfer to Llanrhidian Salt Marsh, an area designated an Area of Special Scientific Interest. It is also covered by the sea at high tide so we'll start at a brisk pace! We also enjoy the Whiteford Burrows Nature Reserve, a protected area full of rare flora and numerous species of bird including wildfowl and waders. Our day continues with a traverse of the dunes of Rhossili Bay to see one of the UK's most beautiful beaches where we end our first day's walk.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Rhossili Bay to Port Eynon

    From Rhossili Bay, we set out for Worm's Head. This rocky promontory offers sweeping views of Rhossili Bay. If tides allow we'll explore the promontory itself. Looking back on the 5km stretch of Rhossili Bay's sands, few would argue it's not worth the detour. Back on the mainland, we enjoy a clifftop walk to Port Eynon. Again tide permitting, we may explore the ruins of the Salt House. We then transfer back to our base. 

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Follow the coastal path through Oxwich Burrows to Three Cliffs Bay

    Leaving behind sandy beaches as we head to the limestone cliffs, we walk through Oxwich Burrows National Nature Reserve. Here there is a rare mix of fresh and salt marshes, cliffs and woodland and another of the Welsh coast's beautiful beaches. We then come to Three Cliffs Bay where in summer lizards can be seen basking in the sun. There should also be visibility to Pennard Castle, originally built in the 12th century, though the stone ruins on show today are from a rebuild in the 13th and 14th centuries.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Southgate, Pwlldu Head, Mumbles Lighthouse

    The final section of the path leads from Southgate along high cliffs to Pwlldu Head. The bays and coves along the way are gloriously untouched and as we reach the end of the headland the Mumbles Lighthouse appears in the distance, standing proudly for over 200 years just off the coast on a small island. The seaside town of Mumbles itself lies just a little further on, marking the end of the Gower Coastal Path and a fitting way to end our journey.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    End Bishopston

    Time to say goodbye to this beautiful corner of Wales. 

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

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Essential Info

Visas

Vaccinations

United Kingdom

No vaccinations are obligatory.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts and one dinner are included. 

Breakfast is continental style with a choice of cereal, bread, pastries, yoghurt, orange juice and milk with an array of teas/coffee.

On some days we will stop for lunch at local pubs or eateries, on others we'll pick up provisions for a packed lunch in the morning from a local baker.

Dinners will typically be taken in local restaurants or gastro pubs well located to tie in with the end of a day's walk. 

Vegetarians can be catered for, please advise of any other specific dietary requirements at time of booking. 

Weather

As we are in a coastal area there will always be a degree of wind. Rain can come at any time of year however typically the temperatures rise from around 12 degrees in April to 20 in early September. Like much of the UK there have been hotter spells in recent years. Equally the odd bout of unpredictable weather can still occur. 

Is this trip for you?

This trip is rated moderate. There are 4 days of walking across varying terrain. Each day will include ascent as we walk up to clifftops and down to beaches. We will be walking for between 3 and 6 hours per day but will stop for lunch and to enjoy our surroundings. A reasonable level of fitness is required, and you must be prepared for some variable weather. 

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for private group trips:
1 844 227 9087
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

New Gower Hotel

Gower
Gower

The New Gower Hotel offers boutique, quality accommodation in a great location for accessing the beaches and coastline of the Gower Peninsula. 

Twin or double rooms offer comfort and style, while the bar and restaurant offer the chance to relax and unwind. 

Gower
Gower
Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for private group trips:
1 844 227 9087
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed September 2021

    Give the Gower a go!

    Really enjoyable short break walking the Gower Coastal path. The scenery is surprisingly varied - from salt marsh to rugged cliffs and vast sandy beaches. The walking is mainly on well defined paths with a few rocky sections. There are some steep ascents (rewarded by amazing views) and descents but they are relatively short. The Gower Hotel is a great base for the trip. The staff are really friendly and there is a nice bar and restaurant. We had an excellent local guide (Cari) who passed on lots of interesting info during the walks. She was also really helpful in arranging lunches and dinners for the nights we didn’t eat at the hotel. The visit to the Gower Gin distillery (which included a very generous gin tasting !) was an enjoyable addition to the itinerary.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Cari was great - extensive local knowledge and a real enthusiasm for showcasing the best the region has to offer.
  • Reviewed June 2021

    A spectacularly beautiful part of the country for a short break.

    We had such a good 4 days of walking, lucky enough to be blessed with a friendly, chatty group and perfect walking weather, dry, mostly sunshine but not too hot. The route has a surprising amount of variety, shaded woodland, marshes, glorious golden sandy beaches, cliffs, coves, rocky shores and seaside resorts. The itinerary was relaxed enough to enable several members of the group to have a brief swim each day. The unexpected opportunity to visit Gower Gin, a micro distillery, was thoroughly enjoyed by us all! Be aware that, unlike many Exodus trips, this is not an all-inclusive holiday. This did result in a few problems organising food.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Regularly being rewarded with such spectacular views after fairly modest climbs.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Cari was enthusiastic, endlessly cheerful and worked so hard to make sure we all had a good holiday. It was such an advantage to have an experienced (Welsh-speaking) local outdoor activity guide, with all her local knowledge. As this was a new Exodus trip, with all the extra complications that resulted from COVID19 (erratic opening times and added time for service in cafes etc etc), she and the two members of Exodus staff who joined us for a couple of days, Claire and Sarah, did a brilliant job trouble shooting. All three were a delight to holiday with.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Go! The Gower coast is beautiful and worth discovering. The walking is mostly gentle but with a few steep climbs and descents.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    In these troubled times, we felt perfectly confident in the COVID19 precautions. We breakfasted in our rooms, wore masks on the minibus, had to provide evidence of vaccinations or tests and had limited numbers at tables when indoors.

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