Autumn Break in the Gower
9 – 12 September
For Zena and I, this was our first walking holiday, having joined the Ramblers at the beginning of 2018 and what a wonderful introduction to a walking holiday we had on the Gower. Fantastic views and a fabulous walks programme organised by our walk leader Simon from Secret Hills. Twenty-nine of us travelled to Llangennith and were able to choose from three different walks on each full day, with an optional short walk to Rhossilli Bay on the Sunday afternoon. We certainly appreciated the picturesque landscape, with its stunning beaches; hills colourfully covered with heather & gorse, grazing sheep and Welsh ponies, together with woodland paths and sunken byways – a relic from the days when the drovers would take the flocks and herds to market.
On the first full day, all groups had a circular walk organised from the hotel, with coach transport provided on subsequent days to take us to our various start points for a wider variety of walks. All walks were graded to length but more importantly for some of the groups, the levels of ascent were also given. The next day’s programme was discussed in detail each evening before dinner, but being a holiday we were all just happy to enjoy the area. Most of us stayed with the same walking group during the holiday with the groups appearing quite evenly split.
All groups spent some time exploring parts of the Wales coastal path, but as Simon was keen to point out, the Gower is more than the coastal path. The wide variety of countryside we explored was testimony to this. Some of the walks took in the three peaks of the local area that provided the group with magnificent views of the peninsula and beyond. We also viewed Worms Head, Oxwich Bay, Port Eynon and Rhossilli beach with the remains of the Helvetia – a ship wrecked in 1887. All the walk leaders were helpful and knowledgeable, providing their groups with an array of local information about the area and surroundings. Group A was even treated to information on dry stone walling and lichen!
Our hotel, the 17th century Kings Head Inn at Llangennith, was comfortable and provided us with a plentiful supply of good food served by friendly staff.
A great few days spent in a lovely unspoilt part of Wales. Many thanks to David Bailey, for organising this trip.