Gower was named as Britain’s first area of outstanding natural beauty in 1956. The peninsula, just west of Swansea, Wales’ city by the sea, is only 70 sq miles in area: compact enough for you to take in all it has to offer.
It’s an ideal all-year location for families, walkers, surfers, golfers, birdwatchers – all those who love the outdoors. It boasts award-winning sandy beaches; dramatic limestone cliffs; upland common land dotted with ancient megaliths, acres of woodlands; an estuary on its northern side; ruined castles and Norman churches. It even has a coastal path that skirts the sea around the whole peninsula. This path connects to the Wales National Coastal Path that runs round the whole of Wales coast – the only one of its kind in the world.
Then again, if you want to do nothing but relax, just stay put at Bryn-y-mor and take in the views from inside or out. Perhaps venture a few steps to the decked viewing platform – perfect to watch the sunset over the sea. It’s up to you.
Foodies are well-catered for in Gower. Its produce is famous across the UK. Try its salt marsh lamb, laverbread and cockles at the host of top class restaurants and pubs just a short drive away. Walk to the famous village pub and soak up the home brewed ale, views and sunshine on the village green. It won’t take you long to be a local.
“Wonderfully comfortable, clean and well appointed cottage. Views to die for – very reluctant to leave.”
Al, Sophie, London
THINGS TO DO
Take in the incredible view from the patio with a ‘G&T’ or locally-brewed ale in hand
Walk through history – from Bryn-y-mor get acquainted with Llangennith: the old monastery on the tidal island of Burry Holms; the stone church of St Cennydd and its legends; the old abandoned village at Coity Green
Come full circle – stroll 5 minutes from the cottage to the beach at Broughton, walk to Blue Pool and on along the 3 mile expanse of Rhossili Bay and back along the burrows
Pop up the pub for a pint before supper. Or even stay there for supper if the mood takes you
Put on your wetsuit and go surfing, windsurfing or kiting. It’s never too late to learn and there are lessons available
Things to do
PJ’s Surf Shop
Welsh Surfing Federation Surf School
Llangennith Surf School
Gower Coast Adventures
Dryad Bush Craft
Perriswood Archery and Falconry
Gower Heritage Centre
National Waterfront Museum