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Summary

Welsh riviera Gower Coast walking holiday

No of Nights: 3

Stay: Hotel

Grade: Moderate

Information

Featured in The Telegraph’s, Guardian’s and Times’s Top UK Walks. Stunning routes around the Welsh riviera Gower Coast. Walk across beautiful and dramatic headlands, through deep wooded valleys and over open cliffs. Gower represents a microcosm of all that is finest in the Welsh landscape. Wynford Vaughan Thomas called it “a secret that people hug to themselves”. Designated Britain’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, today it remains wild and unspoilt, a land of lore and legend.

Enjoy

  • four spectacularly scenic walks on the Gower heritage coast
  • glorious sandy beaches, deep wooded valleys and high open moorland
  • views stretching as far as Devon and Somerset, Lundy and Pembroke
  • a Stone Age burial chamber, caves and a medieval castle
  • the most impressive cliffs on the Welsh coast
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Tour review scores and score breakdown

10 / 10

Based on 1 reviews

Guest reviews are written by our customers after their tour of Welsh riviera Gower Coast.

Guest reviews

  • We've just returned from a wonderful trip to the Gower with a lovely warm welcome from the hotel team. The walks were absolutely superb - it was all spectacular. We were very impressed with the Oxwich Bay Hotel and the food was outstanding. Thank you for another great break.
    - Stan & Beryl Moore, Sutton, Surrey

Itinerary

Day One: Arrival Day & Short Walk around Oxwich Bay - 5 miles/8 km
An afternoon walk straight from the hotel around Oxwich Point with wonderful views over the Bristol Channel. Pleasant woodland, a coastal path, an ancient castle and a pretty church complete the picture. We recommend dinner in the hotel’s scenic restaurant. (Grade moderate: 5 miles/8 km)

Day Two: Rhossili Bay to Oxwich Linear Walk - 10 miles/16 km
Today explore some of the best beaches of golden sand on the Gower heritage coast. Scenically, the cliffs between Rhossili and Port Eynon Point are among the finest in Wales. From cliff-top path the views across to south Pembrokeshire, Lundy, the Bristol Channel and into Somerset and Devon are spectacular. Deep wooded valleys and high open moorland further enhance this walkers’ paradise. And how about a refreshing dip in the sea at lunchtime! (Grade moderate: 10 miles/16 km)

Day Three: Oxwich Bay, Penrice & Three Cliffs - 9 miles/14.4 km
Straight from the hotel, you’ll cut inland and up through woodlands with just the sound of skylarks soaring overhead. Take in the spectacular views of Cefn Bryn and visit Arthur’s Stone, before dropping down through the beautiful Penrice estate. After exploring its grounds, stop for a relaxing picnic lunch while enjoying more stunning views. (Grade moderate: 9 miles/14.4 km)

Day Four: Parkmill, Penmaen & Three Cliffs Bay - 4 miles/6.4 km
A final scenic walk from the Heritage Centre featuring an ancient burial mound, Giant’s Grave, dating from 3,000 BC, and stunning views. This perfect walk finally ends on the sands of Oxwich Bay, reminiscent of the pacific coastline of California. The cliff tops on Gower offer splendid opportunities throughout for birdwatching too so bring your binoculars! (Grade moderate: 4 miles/6.4 km)

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Hotels

Oxwich Bay Hotel is renowned for its sweeping views of ‘Britain’s best beach’, said to be a favourite of Catherine Zeta-Jones!

The hotel is situated in the pretty village of Oxwich which has much to offer: thatched cottages, castles, a National Nature Reserve and a variety of bird and plant life. There’s a small shop and, of course, the bay with its glorious sand dunes, towering cliffs and shady woods. The hotel offers a variety of accommodation from luxury panoramic seaview rooms to rooms in nearby cottages to comfortable caravans.

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Grade of the walks

The walks are suitable for anyone of good walking fitness, able to walk up to 10 miles on varied terrain on two full days with a break for a picnic lunch. There are also two half day walks on the arrival and departure days.

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Tour price and costs

Price per person:

from £329 for standard cottage room for 3 nights B&B

Price includes:

      • En-suite accommodation and full English breakfasts
      • Two full-day and two half-day walks
      • Taxi to the start of the walk on one day
      • Commentaries on features of interest along the way
      • Comprehensive walks pack with detailed route directions
      • All the information you need for a relaxed walking break
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Flights

Rail Travel
Great Western Railways runs regular high-speed services to Swansea. The journey takes three hours from London Paddington.

Car Travel
Gower is only five miles from Swansea city centre, west along the bay. The distance from London is about 186 miles and the journey time from London to Swansea takes around 4 hours via M40 and M4

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