Rhossili Bay

Walking the Gower Peninsula

6 days
from
£899
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5 / 5 from 1 review
Walking & Trekking
Activity level:
Moderate
Activity Rating - Moderate
Trip code: 
TDL
Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Private Group Adventures
Activity:
Walking & Trekking
Group size:
6–12
Ages:
16+

 

Known for beautiful beaches, heather-clad moors, and rugged southwest coastline, wander through the Whiteford Burrows Nature Reserve and the Llanrhidian Marsh SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest), where Oystercatchers and Turnstones nestle in rare flora of early marsh orchid and dune gentian. Continuing to Rhossili village, our route takes in the famous “Worm’s Head”, the most westerly point on the Gower Peninsula and the fascinating ruins of the Salt House. We explore the Oxwich Burrows National Nature Reserve on or way to the spectacular Three Cliffs Bay, where lizards come to sun themselves on warm days. The Mumbles lighthouse marks the end of our Welsh odyssey, an enduring symbol of this beautiful coastal landscape. 

Key information

  • 5 nights hotel
  • 4 days centre-based walking
  • Group normally 4 to 12, plus leader
  • Countries visited: United Kingdom, Europe

What's included

  • All breakfasts and one dinner
  • All accommodation
  • All transport and listed activities

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single supplement
  • Visas and vaccinations
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3943
Call for private group trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

4

Days of Walking & Trekking
Terrain:

 

Day by day breakdown
Day 2 19.0km/11.0miles
Day 3 18.0km/10.0miles
Day 4 15.0km/10.0miles
Day 5 12.0km/7.0miles

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Itinerary

Bishopston
to
Bishopston
  • Day 1

    Arrive Bishopston

    Our start point is a lovely boutique hotel in the heart of the Bishopston Valley just a short distance from The Mumbles.

    In the evening our guide will hold a welcome meeting to discuss the week ahead, give advice and answer any questions.

    We'll then have our first meal together.

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    Gower Coastal Path

    We begin with a transfer to Crofty at the start of the Gower Peninsula section of the Wales Coast Path. Our route for the day takes us past the Llanrhidian Salt Marsh, an area designated an Area of Special Scientific Interest. It is also covered by the sea at high tide so we'll start at a brisk pace! We also enjoy the Whiteford Burrows Nature Reserve, a protected area full of rare flora and numerous species of bird including wildfowl and waders. Our day continues with a traverse of the dunes of Rhossili Bay to see one of the UK's most beautiful beaches as we head to today’s finish at Hill End.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Hill End to Port Eynon

    From Hill End, we set out for Worm's Head. This rocky promontory offers sweeping views of Rhossili Bay. If tides allow we'll explore the promontory itself. Looking back on the 5km stretch of Rhossili Bay's sands, few would argue it's not worth the detour. Back on the mainland, we enjoy a clifftop walk to Port Eynon. Again tide permitting, we may explore the ruins of the Salt House. We then transfer back to our base. 

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Follow the coastal path through Oxwich Burrows to Three Cliffs Bay

    Leaving behind sandy beaches as we head to the limestone cliffs, we walk through Oxwich Burrows National Nature Reserve. Here there is a rare mix of fresh and salt marshes, cliffs and woodland and another of the Welsh coast's beautiful beaches. We then come to Three Cliffs Bay where in summer lizards can be seen basking in the sun. There should also be visibility to Pennard Castle, originally built in the 12th century, though the stone ruins on show today are from a rebuild in the 13th and 14th centuries.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Southgate, Pwlldu Head, Mumbles Lighthouse

    The final section of the path leads from Southgate along high cliffs to Pwlldu Head. The bays and coves along the way are gloriously untouched and as we reach the end of the headland the Mumbles Lighthouse appears in the distance, standing proudly for over 200 years just off the coast on a small island. The seaside town of Mumbles itself lies just a little further on, marking the end of the Gower Coastal Path and a fitting way to end our journey.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    End Bishopston

    Time to say goodbye to this beautiful corner of Wales. 

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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Essential Info

Visas

Vaccinations

United Kingdom

No vaccinations are obligatory.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts and one dinner are included. 

Breakfast is continental style with a choice of cereal, bread, pastries, yoghurt, orange juice and milk with an array of teas/coffee.

On some days we will stop for lunch at local pubs or eateries, on others we'll pick up provisions for a packed lunch in the morning from a local baker.

Dinners will typically be taken in local restaurants or gastro pubs well located to tie in with the end of a day's walk. 

Vegetarians can be catered for, please advise of any other specific dietary requirements at time of booking. 

Weather

As we are in a coastal area there will always be a degree of wind. Rain can come at any time of year however typically the temperatures rise from around 12 degrees in April to 20 in early September. Like much of the UK there have been hotter spells in recent years. Equally the odd bout of unpredictable weather can still occur. 

Is this trip for you?

This trip is rated moderate. There are 4 days of walking across varying terrain. Each day will include ascent as we walk up to clifftops and down to beaches. We will be walking for between 3 and 6 hours per day but will stop for lunch and to enjoy our surroundings. A reasonable level of fitness is required, and you must be prepared for some variable weather. 

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3943
Call for private group trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

New Gower Hotel

The New Gower Hotel offers boutique, quality accommodation in a great location for accessing the beaches and coastline of the Gower Peninsula. 

Twin or double rooms offer comfort and style, while the bar and restaurant offer the chance to relax and unwind. 

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3943
Call for private group trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed June 2021

    A spectacularly beautiful part of the country for a short break.

    We had such a good 4 days of walking, lucky enough to be blessed with a friendly, chatty group and perfect walking weather, dry, mostly sunshine but not too hot. The route has a surprising amount of variety, shaded woodland, marshes, glorious golden sandy beaches, cliffs, coves, rocky shores and seaside resorts. The itinerary was relaxed enough to enable several members of the group to have a brief swim each day. The unexpected opportunity to visit Gower Gin, a micro distillery, was thoroughly enjoyed by us all! Be aware that, unlike many Exodus trips, this is not an all-inclusive holiday. This did result in a few problems organising food.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Regularly being rewarded with such spectacular views after fairly modest climbs.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Cari was enthusiastic, endlessly cheerful and worked so hard to make sure we all had a good holiday. It was such an advantage to have an experienced (Welsh-speaking) local outdoor activity guide, with all her local knowledge. As this was a new Exodus trip, with all the extra complications that resulted from COVID19 (erratic opening times and added time for service in cafes etc etc), she and the two members of Exodus staff who joined us for a couple of days, Claire and Sarah, did a brilliant job trouble shooting. All three were a delight to holiday with.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Go! The Gower coast is beautiful and worth discovering. The walking is mostly gentle but with a few steep climbs and descents.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    In these troubled times, we felt perfectly confident in the COVID19 precautions. We breakfasted in our rooms, wore masks on the minibus, had to provide evidence of vaccinations or tests and had limited numbers at tables when indoors.

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros  Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros  Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros  Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

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