The Gower Peninsula

 

The Gower Peninsula Beaches lie in some of Wales most stunning coastline. Most of them only a 15 minute drive from the centre of Swansea, the Gower Peninsula is home to around 50 unspoilt beaches, coves and bays. 

Around 70 square miles in area, The Gower is known for its coastline, popular with walkers and outdoor enthusiasts, especially surfers. Gower has many caves, including Paviland Cave and Minchin Hole Cave. The peninsula is bounded by the Loughor estuary to the north and Swansea Bay to the east. Gower Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty covers 188 km; including most of the peninsula west of Crofty, Three Crosses, Upper Killay, Blackpill and Bishopston. The highest point on the Gower peninsula is The Beacon at Rhossili Down at 193m/633ft overlooking Rhossili Bay The interior of Gower consists mainly of farmland and common land. The population resides mainly in small villages, though suburban development has made a number of communities in eastern Gower part of the Swansea Urban Area. The southern coast of the peninsula consists of a series of small, rocky or sandy bays like Langland and Three Cliffs, and a few larger beaches like Port Eynon, Rhossili and Oxwich Bay. On the north side of the peninsula there are fewer beaches, this section of the coast includes the famous cockle-beds of Penclawdd. Writer Wynford Vaughan Thomas called The Gower Peninsula “a secret that people hug to themselves”.

Mumbles Bay, The Gower Peninsula

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