Discover wild Wales in the Gower Peninsula

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Discover wild Wales in the Gower Peninsula
Bluepool Corner & Culver Hole

One of the best rock pools in Wales, this is a deep tub into which you can leap from the rock ledges. It sits in the corner of a superb beach with the Three Chimneys rock arches and caves at the far end, said to contain gold coins from a Spanish shipwreck. Further on, the adventurous can scramble to the narrow slit-like entrance of Culver Hole (not the famous walled cave), opening into a large chamber that has yielded prehistoric finds.

Discover wild Wales in the Gower Peninsula
Pobbles Beach, Three Cliffs Bay

A wide sand beach is revealed at low tide below the famous three peaks. There are tidal pools and a sea arch. As the tide advances retreat via Pennard Pill river and stepping stones.

Discover wild Wales in the Gower Peninsula
Pwlldu Bay

Magical approach by stream and woodland to a remote shingle bay. At mid- to low tide a sand bay (Bantam Bay) also appears on the south-west side of Pwlldu, accessible over the sand. It’s also a lovely walk a mile east for Brandy Cove, returning in a loop via Pyle.

Discover wild Wales in the Gower Peninsula
Culver Hole, Port Eynon

This wild and spooky walled cave sits in a tall cliff recess, and is thought to have been used as a smugglers’ store, or for keeping pigeons. Vast rocky foreshore at low tide. Also find a large low-tide cave below Port Eynon point.

Discover wild Wales in the Gower Peninsula
Paviland Cave

In 1823 the red-stained bones of ‘The Red Lady of Paviland’ were discovered here. Actually a male, he lived around 33,000 years ago in the Palaeolithic era, when the sea was miles away and the cliffs overlooked vast plains, making this the oldest known ceremonial burial in western Europe.

Discover wild Wales in the Gower Peninsula
Worm’s Head

Looking like a dragon’s head rising from the ocean, this stunning, rocky, mile-long tidal island is only accessible for about 2½ hours either side of low tide. The Devil’s Bridge is an impressive rock arch to the Outer Head where you will find a cave-arch shelter, and may see the blowhole erupt below from the bottom of the cliff. On the very tip of the head, a steep and tricky scramble leads down to a secret cave near water level. No access to Outer Head March–August, to protect nesting birds. Great rock pooling on the causeway, and dolphins can often be seen offshore.

Discover wild Wales in the Gower Peninsula
Burry Holms, Rhossili Bay

At the far end of beautiful Rhossili Bay this tidal island connects to the mainland by a tiny isthmus of sand. It carries the remains of a ruined chapel to St Cenydd, abandoned to the sea as a baby and raised by seagulls and angels on Worm’s Head, a cairn at the western tip.

Discover wild Wales in the Gower Peninsula
Pennard Castle, Three Cliffs Bay

With sublime views down Pennard Pill to Threecliff Bay, this 13th-century Norman castle still sports a huge gatehouse and towers, and is perfect for sunsets.

Discover wild Wales in the Gower Peninsula
Rhossili Down Radar & Tomb

Walk these heather-clad downs for incredible sea views, and for the remains of the Second World War radar station and two Bronze Age burial chambers at Sweyne’s Howes. There’s not a lot left of either, but the grand vistas make it worthwhile.

Discover the awe-inspiring hidden gems of Gower thanks to a brand new book. Wild Guide Wales is the perfect inspiration for a wild Welsh adventure or secluded weekend escape.

The Gower peninsula has long been a magnet for adventure seekers drawn to its endless sandy beaches backed by rolling dunes, dramatic limestone cliffs pocked with caves and culverts, and ancient remains still standing proud and commanding the very best views. Swim through huge rock arches, explore ruined castles or plunge into Britain’s largest rock pool.

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