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Best of the Gower Peninsula

7 Days & 6 Nights
  • Walk the Gower Peninsula, home to some of Britain’s best coastal scenery
  • Dramatic promontory at Worm's Head and the award-winning Rhossili Beach
  • The fashionable and fun town of The Mumbles, gateway to the Gower
  • Charming and welcoming Welsh villages and local pubs
  • Salt marshes, freshwater pools, sand dunes and diverse bird and plant life
Walk the Gower Peninsula, Britain’s first designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Explore trails that take you along sand dunes and towering grassy cliff tops, through woods, charming villages and past hidden coves, Iron Age promontory forts and Medieval castles. Immerse yourself in the ancient history of the Gower Peninsula. The first inhabitants recorded here were pre-historic and the oldest modern human remains were discovered in a cave on the south side of the peninsula in 1823. The Normans invaded in the 12th century, leading to instability and troubled times. Nowadays the Gower offers serene and peaceful landscapes, with award-winning beaches, nature reserves and the friendly Welsh people, with their wonderful lilting accents!

What To Expect

If you love walking by the sea and through areas of great natural beauty, staying in welcoming B&B’s and learning about fascinating history, including intriguing tales of piracy and smuggling this tour is a great choice for you. This 7 day/6 night walk is rated moderate, due to the fact that there will be some significant elevation gains and losses as you walk up to the cliffs and down to the beaches and up various hills.

Trip Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active holiday.

Activity:

Multi Centre Walking | You will spend multiple nights in one or more of the locations on this walking holiday

Ideal if you have an interest in:

Coastal & Island

Grade & Terrain

This tour involves coastal walking, along dunes, beaches, through some wooded areas and on cliff tops and also offers some inland walking on footpaths and bridleways and small country lanes. Some of the walking will be quite flat but at other times there will be ups and downs as you will be walking from beaches up to cliff tops and vice versa, etc. The distances are not so far though, so this tour is walkable for those who have a good level of physical fitness. This tour is rated as moderate.

Please note that depending on where you spend the night, the distances at times may be more or less than listed every day. So please be prepared for longer or shorter walks when necessary.

Navigation

Quite often you will be walking on the Gower Coast Path which is quite well signposted. However at other times, you will be walking on public footpaths and bridleways, so you will have to rely on the detailed route notes that we provide to help you find your way. GPX tracks are also accessible on the Macs Smartphone App, so you can simply follow the route on your phone if you wish. We also provide detailed maps.

Accommodation Information

The accommodations on this tour are mainly comfortable B&B’s and guest houses with the occasional small hotel. They are all warm and welcoming and some may be quite simple, yet always comfortable.

On the Gower Peninsula, accommodation choices can be limited, so at times there are choices of 2 places to stay and we organise the walks so that you can walk from or to either place. Because of this, the walk distances may vary, depending on where you are staying.

Additional Nights

If you wish to add additional nights along the trail or at the beginning and end of your itinerary please contact us. You may choose to add some rest days or extra days where there is plenty of sightseeing.

Solo Walkers & Single Rooms

This holiday is available to solo walkers, although a solo supplement is payable.

If you require single rooms within your party we would be happy to accommodate your request, although it is not generally possible to secure more than three single rooms in a party. A single supplement is payable.

Included
  • 6 Nights in B&B’s, guesthouses and hotels
  • 6 Breakfasts
  • Luggage transfers
  • Transfers to walks as necessary
  • Detailed Information Pack, route notes, maps, access to the GPX tracks via the Macs Smartphone App
  • 24/7 telephone support from our UK office
Excluded
  • Travel to Gowerton
  • Travel from Mumbles
  • Lunches, dinners, snacks and drinks
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Equipment
Extras
  • Extra night(s)

When To Go

You can start your Gower Peninsula walk anytime between April and October. Please note that if you are planning on booking this tour it is better to do it as early as you can because the B&B’s tend to get full quickly, especially at the weekends, so some flexibility with your start date may be required. Please note that local buses are limited or non-existent on Sundays, if they run at all. When planning your journey please take this into consideration.

Getting to the Start

The closest airport to the start of the walk is Cardiff Airport. You can make your way from Cardiff by taking either a train or bus to Swansea (takes between 2H30and 3H30). From Swansea take a train to Gowerton and from here an included transfer (30 mins) brings you to Llanmadoc/Llangennith. Please let us know your train time arrival as soon as possible after booking so that we can plan your pick-up at the appropriate time. It is also possible to fly into any of the London Airports (Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted). Then make your way into the centre of London to Paddington Station. For further information on train or bus travel please visit the following websites, Trainline or National Rail, Traveline Cymru.

Getting from the End

The Mumbles is easily accessible by bus to Swansea. There are buses every 20 minutes and the journey takes 25 mins. From Swansea take a train to Cardiff. Again check out the websites above for more specific times and schedules.

Baggage Transfer

Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.

General Information

The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes.

Equipment

Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Llanmadoc/Llangennith and overnight Day 2 Walk from Crofty to Llanmadoc/Llangennith on Gower Coast Path 10 miles / 12 km Day 3 Loop Walk via Whiteford Nature Reserve and Llanmadoc Hill 10 miles / 16 km Day 4 Walk to Rhossili on Gower Coast Path 10 miles / 12 km Day 5 Gower Coast Path and Inland Loop Walk, via Oxwich Bay 10 miles / 16 km Day 6 Walk from Three Cliffs Bay to The Mumbles 10 miles / 16 km Day 7 Departing Point: The Mumbles

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