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Highlights of the Gower Peninsula Walk

6 days
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£999
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Walking & Trekking
Activity level:
Leisurely / Moderate
Activity Rating - Leisurely/Moderate
Trip code: 
W05GW
Way to Travel:
Self-Guided Holidays
Activity:
New Walking Holidays

The Gower Peninsula was the UK's first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it was designated as such in 1956 and ranges from the south coast's limestone scenery at Worms Head and Oxwich Bay to the salt-marshes and dune systems in the north.

Our twin-centre walking holiday starts in Mumbles, a headland on the western edge of Swansea Bay. The walks take you along the coast path past pretty bays and coves towards the high cliffs of Three Cliffs Bay where you may spot lizards.You'll pass the ruins of the Norman Pennard Castle and enter Oxwich Burrows National Nature Reserve where over 600 species of plant have been identified, you may also spot reed warblers, sedge warblers and bitterns. Continue along the cliff tops above Rhossili beach with the possibility of crossing the rocky causeway to the tidal island of Worms Head, where grey seals can be seen lazing on the rocks below. Look out for orchids and dune gentians in Whiteford Burrows Nature Reserve and pintails and golden plovers in Llanrhidian Marsh. Towards the end of your route you can visit Weobley Castle, a 14th Century fortified manor house.

Highlights

  • Gower Peninsula - the UK's first AONB
  • Stay in The Mumbles, the gateway to the Gower on Swansea Bay
  • Explore two National Nature Reserves, salt marshes, freshwater pools and sand dunes
  • Discover diverse bird and plant life; Oystercatchers and Turnstones; early marsh orchid and dune gentian

Key information

  • 5 nights twin-centre accommodation in 4* hotels
  • All breakfasts
  • Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent
  • GPS route directions and maps - Headwater navigation app
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Walking transfers
  • Countries visited: United Kingdom

What's included

  • 5 nights twin-centre accommodation in 4* hotels
  • All breakfasts
  • Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent
  • GPS route directions and maps - Headwater navigation app
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Walking transfers

What's not included

  • Transfers from Swansea Train Station
  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request - compulsory supplement)
  • Solo traveller supplement (where only one person is travelling on a departure date)
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for private group trips:
020 3885 9103
Trip Notes

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4

Days of Walking & Trekking
Day by day breakdown
Day 215.0km/9.5miles
Day 317.0km/11.0miles
Day 418.0km/11.5miles
Day 517.0km/11.0miles

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Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here

Our local agent works with a carbon offset project (Forest Carbon) to create new native woodland within the UK, so all of their trips have some form of carbon offset (whilst recognising it's not a solution, they believe it's a positive step while they work on carbon reduction).

Itinerary

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Mumbles
to
Llangennith
  • Day 1

    Arrive in Mumbles

    Arrive in Mumbles, your base for the first three nights.

  • Day 2

    Mumbles to Southgate

    Leave behind the seaside town bustle of Mumbles and head out along the coast path. Enjoy the pretty bays and coves along the path as you head toward Pwlldu Head. From here the path heads slightly inland toward a small hamlet and the coastal road that takes you into Southgate, where you'll be collected by taxi for your transfer back to Mumbles.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Southgate to Port Eynon

    A transfer takes you back to where you left off yesterday to continue along the path towards the high cliffs of Three Cliffs Bay. Keep your eyes peeled for lizards basking in the sun as you pass through here. If the tide is out there is an optional short cut across the estuary, otherwise take the longer route around, passing the Norman ruins of Pennard Castle. Continue on through Oxwich Burrows National Nature Reserve, rich with wildlife. Leave the vast sandy beach behind as you climb up into Oxwich Woods. As you leave the woods the path flattens out to follow the headland to the village of Port Eynon.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Port Eynon to Llangennith

    Say goodbye to Mumbles as you're transferred to Port Eynon to pick up the coastal path where you left off yesterday. If the tide is out, explore the ruins of Salt House before heading out along the cliff tops towards Rhossili. Here you'll find the spectacular Worm's Head promontory jutting out into the sea. Careful timing with the tides does allow access to Worm's Head itself if you're prepared for a rocky scramble but, if you plan to do this, allow plenty of time to get back before the incoming tide. Continue on the path, high above the 3 mile expanse of the golden sands of Rhossili Beach, before turning inland for the final stretch to Llangennith.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Llangennith to Llanrhidian

    Walking from the door of your accommodation this morning, rejoin the coastal path and continue toward the rare flora of Whiteford Burrows Nature Reserve. As you pass through the Llanrhidian Marsh SSSI, home to Oystercatcher and Turnstone, it's worth a visit to Weobley Castle, a 14th Century fortified manor house. Complete your walk of the Gower coastal path at Llanrhidian village, from where you'll be transferred back to Llangennith for your final night.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Leave Llangennith

    Depart Llangennith after breakfast.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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

Essential Info

Visas

Vaccinations

United Kingdom

No vaccinations are obligatory.

Eating and Drinking

Full English/Welsh Breakfasts are included throughout.

Try out traditional local country pubs for lunch or enjoy a picnic in the countryside. Please note, if you order a picnic from the hotel, please do so the evening before.

Weather

Summers in South Wales tend to be slightly cooler than you might expect and winters can be milder, especially on the coast, while higher, upland areas have more chance of harsher (and colder) weather conditions. The warmest months to visit are from June through to August, although temperatures start to warm up around April and remain pleasant until October time. We advise you take waterproofs as rain / showers can occur at any time of year.

Is this trip for you?

Is This Trip for You?

The walks on this holiday highlight the very best of the Gower peninsula with walks along dramatic limestone cliffs and sandy beaches along the south coast to fragile dune and salt marsh in the north. There is nothing overly strenuous but some of the longer routes can take up to 5 hours to complete.

This is a self-guided tour, as such there will be no group or tour leader and you are free to complete the walks at your own pace. We have suggested that 8yrs is the minimum age for this trip, but as it is self-guided and you will be leading your own family we will ultimately leave this decision up to you.

For those wanting to travel on their own there is a single supplement for the accommodation and where there is only one "solo" traveller on a particular departure there is also a solo traveller supplement

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for private group trips:
020 3885 9103
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

Highlights of the Gower Peninsula Walk

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You stay in a Victorian guest house in Mumbles and a 17th Century Inn in Llangennith with transfers included to get you to the start, or from the end of your walk.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for private group trips:
020 3885 9103
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.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for private group trips:
020 3885 9103
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.

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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]