Walking on the Gower

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9781852848217
Published
14 Oct 2015
Edition
Second
Pages
192
Size
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.1cm
Weight
220g

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The 30 circular routes in this guide to walking on the Gower peninsula, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in South Wales, cover the rugged coastline, beaches and inland valleys and ridges. The walks visit a variety of landscapes and range from 2½ to 14 miles long. Packed with historical and geological information.

Seasons Seasons
wild winter storms promise dramatic seascapes; in springtime cliffs and valleys are carpeted in flowers; summer months allow a refreshing dip along a coastal walk
Centres Centres
Mumbles is the largest village at the eastern end of Gower
Difficulty Difficulty
only short ascents but some of the footpaths are uneven in places; a variety of routes with differing lengths to suit every ability
Must See Must See
Gower is an exceptional area for coastal landscapes, wildlife and geology; scenic unspoilt beaches combine with a rich cultural history
Availability
Published
ISBN
9781852848217
Published
14 Oct 2015
Edition
Second
Pages
192
Size
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.1cm
Weight
220g
  • Overview

    This guidebook presents 30 circular day walks across the Gower Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, taking in the rich variety of landscapes across this beautiful area of South Wales. Ranging from 2½ to 14 miles long, there are walks to suit all abilities. The peninsula is famous for its spectacularly steep, rugged coastline and golden sandy beaches but this guide also takes walkers to the inland valleys, hills and ridges little explored by most holidaymakers.

    Routes are illustrated with OS mapping extracts and inspiring photography and accompanied by a route summary table to help you choose walks to suit your location and ability. Along the way, the author provides a wealth of information on plants, animals, geology, history and archaeology of a region. There is something for everyone, all within a compact area easily accessible from Swansea and Mumbles.

    Coastal areas such as those around Langland, Oxwich and Port Eynon are well frequented, but this guidebook concentrates on places where walkers can escape the crowds to find peace and solitude in this exceptionally beautiful and unspoilt countryside.

  • Contents

    Introduction
    Geology
    History
    Wildlife habitats
    Transport to and around Gower
    Staying in Gower
    Using this guide
    The Routes
    Walk 1 The Mumbles, Langland and Caswell
    Walk 2 Caswell, Pwlldu and Bishopston Valley
    Walk 3 Bishopston Valley
    Walk 4 Pwlldu Head and Bishopston Valley
    Walk 5 Pobbles, Three Cliffs Bay and Pennard Pill and Castle
    Walk 6 Three Cliffs Bay, Pennard Pill, Ilston Cwm and Bishopston Valley
    Walk 7 Pennard Pill, Three Cliffs Bay and Parc le Breos
    Walk 8 Cefn Bryn, Broad Pool and Parc le Breos
    Walk 9 Three Cliffs Bay, Tor Bay, Nicholaston Woods and Cefn Bryn
    Walk 10 Millwood, Cefn Bryn, Reynoldston and Berry Wood
    Walk 11 Penrice Castle, Cefn Bryn, Three Cliffs Bay and Oxwich NNR
    Walk 12 Oxwich National Nature Reserve
    Walk 13 Oxwich Point
    Walk 14 Oxwich, Horton and Millwood
    Walk 15 South Gower Cliffs and Port Eynon
    Walk 16 Thurba Head and South Gower Cliffs
    Walk 17 Rhossili Down, South Gower Cliffs and Port Eynon
    Walk 18 Rhossili Down and Bay, Fall Bay and Mewslade Bay
    Walk 19 Rhossili, Fall Bay and Mewslade Bay
    Walk 20 Rhossili Down, Llanmadoc Hill and Broughton Burrows
    Walk 21 Gower Coast NNR, Rhossili Down and Hardings Down
    Walk 22 Mewslade Bay, Fall Bay, Rhossili Down and Hardings Down
    Walk 23 Llanmadoc Hill, Llangennith, Burry Holms and Broughton Bay
    Walk 24 Llanmadoc Hill, Broughton Bay and Whiteford NNR
    Walk 25 Whiteford National Nature Reserve
    Walk 26 Landimore Marsh, Cheriton, Burry Pill and Weobley Castle
    Walk 27 Landimore Marsh, Arthur’s Stone, Llanrhidian and Weobley Castle
    Walk 28 Cefn Bryn, Llanrhidian and Weobley Castle
    Walk 29 Llanrhidian and Weobley Castle
    Walk 30 Llanrhidian, Cil Ifor Top, Parc le Breos and Cefn Bryn

    Appendix A Walk summary table
    Appendix B Index of information boxes
    Appendix C Useful websites

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  • Reviews

     

    "Really good book for walks on the Gower with loads of information."

     Amazon, 2015


    "The walks [in this guidebook], suitable for walkers of all abilities, are described in detail, with a little introduction to and summary of each walk, describing the distance, time required, ascent and places to take refreshments. The instructions are succinct and include maps, beautiful pictures and interesting local, historical and cultural information. This book is much more than a great walking guide to a very special place.

    Margaret O'Brien Hillwalker, member of Galway Walking Club, Irish Mountain Log, Winter 2015


    [this is a] compact, vibrant and well-researched volume... it's the ideal walking guide and companion to exploring the Gower on foot for both new and returning ramblers. Highly recommended.

    Walk Magazine

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Andrew Davies

Andy has been a professional photographer for over 20 years and specialises in wildlife and landscape photography. He moved to West Wales in 1999 to be immersed in the environment which inspires him and wrote and photographed Coastline Wales in 2008. He regularly takes his stills and video cameras underwater and is currently working on a number of new books and video projects. A former university lecturer, he now combines his love of photography and his passion for passing on skills to others in a series of photographic and video workshops in West Wales. He is also an external tutor for Aberystwyth University in outdoor and wildlife photography.

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