Our group of 15 met at the Oxwich Bay Hotel on the Gower Peninsula, Wales, at 3 o’clock to stretch our legs on our first walk after our journey. The sun shone over the bay as clouds sped across the sky and we set off from the hotel heading west. We stopped to admire Oxwich Castle on our way to Oxwich Green, the sea shimmering below us. Our path took us through a farm and down an enclosed path lined with trees to reach the sea and the Coastal Path.
The Coastal Path here is wonderful, a grassy track just above the shoreline with stunning views along the coast. In one direction is the Bristol Channel; in the other, North Devon and Lundy Island.
Returning to the hotel for showers, welcome drinks and an excellent dinner, we enjoyed getting to know each other before retiring for a well earned night of rest.
After breakfast the next day, we gathered for our minibus transfer to Rhossili and our first sight of its breathtaking beach. Our 10 mile walk took us along the top of cliffs, up and down craggy inlets past quiet, sandy beaches. Following a picnic in the sun, we headed on above a surging sea towards Port Eynon. Here we enjoyed a welcome cup of tea before following the coastal path back to Oxwich – a wonderful day.
The following morning we left the village for a varied walk across fields, through woodland speckled with sunlight, parkland and onto moorland. Our path took us through contrasting landscapes as we gradually climbed to Cefn Bryn, the spine of the Gower peninsula. Throughout, we enjoyed wonderful views across Three Cliffs Bay, Oxwich Bay and across the estuary to Llanelli and beyond. A quick stop for lunch before starting our descent across farmland and on to the dunes at the far end of Oxwich Bay. A soft breeze brushed our faces as we headed back along the beach to the hotel for tea (and rugby for some!).
After breakfast and check out, some of the party started their journeys home. Nine of us drove to Parc Le Breos for our final walk. A light shower did not dampen our spirits as we headed off through the park and on to part of the Gower Way. Heading towards Three Cliffs Bay we enjoyed a coffee and Welsh cakes as we overlooked the bay from the top of the cliff. Our path took us back through the woods and finally towards the car park to finish our walk.
A great group, lovely hotel, fantastic weather and wonderful walks – perfect! We offer a self-guided version of this holiday staying at the highly-acclaimed Oxwich Bay Hotel.