The Gower Peninsula should be up there with one of the top places for you to visit for a weekend away. Whether you’re looking for an activity-filled weekend or to simply relax and unwind, the Gower has something on offer for everyone. As the first place in Britain to be classed as an Area of Outstanding Beauty, the Gower boasts some of the best coastal pathways and the most breathtaking scenery.
Visit a beach
You’ll be well and truly spoilt for choice when visiting the Gower Peninsula, with its array of unspoilt, award-winning sandy beaches. Langland Bay, Caswell Bay, Three Cliffs Bay and Oxwich Bay are some of the most popular beach destinations in the Gower, but as many as twenty-five beaches lay along the coastline.
Get your walking boots out
If you’re looking for an opportunity to get the walking boots out during your weekend away at the Gower, you won’t be disappointed. Adored by walkers, there are a number of coastal paths and walking routes that will allow you to see the golden beaches, rugged cliff tops and hidden coves on foot. A popular route is that of the Rhossili & Worms Head Walk, a route that needs careful planning but if timed correctly around the tide, can take you to the Worms Head, one of the most prominent landmarks on the Gower and one that is protected by the National Trust.
Surf to your heart’s content
Whether you’re an experienced surfer or a novice, the Gower is an excellent place to catch some good surf. Llangennith and Caswell Bay offer some of the best surfing conditions for all abilities, but if you are looking to hit the waves for the first time, there are plenty of surf schools around to get you started!
Pitch up a tent
There are a number of fantastic campsites in the Gower where you can pitch-up a tent and enjoy some impressive coastal views and breathe in some salty fresh air. Three Cliffs Bay, Hillend and Skysea are a few of the best campsites. Failing this, you could always drive up the road and stay at Fairyhill, by Oldwalls, and spend the night in luxury.
Lunch with a view
There are plenty of places that allow you to enjoy a spot of lunch whilst taking in some of the breathtaking scenery that the Gower has to offer. The beach-front restaurant, Langland Bay Brasserie, has been noted as one of the go-to places in the Gower. With spectacular views that can be enjoyed from inside or outside on the terrace, the restaurant offers a contemporary dining experience and serves some of the most delicious, fresh local produce.
Treat yourself to something sweet
It wouldn’t be a trip to the Gower if you didn’t stop off for the famous Joe’s Ice Cream on your way through Swansea. Dating as far back as 1898, Joe’s Ice Cream Parlour was established on St Helen’s Road, Swansea, and is renowned for it’s deliciously creaminess that has customers queuing down the road, even during the Winter!
Stop off at Mumbles!
Make sure to squeeze in a visit to the gorgeous little village, Mumbles, during your weekend away at the Gower. Browse around some of the quirky boutiques, soak up some history at Oystermouth Castle or sink some pints along Wales’ most famous pub crawl, the ‘Mumbles Mile’.
I know its hard to imagine in this weather, but spring is just round the corner. Is it time to plan your trip to the Gower?