The Gower

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 The Worm's Head, Gower peninsula  (Crown copyright 2018 / Visit Wales)

The Worm's Head, Gower peninsula (Crown copyright 2018 / Visit Wales)

Looking for some Great British adventure inspiration? You're in the right place. Here you'll get an independent, ad-free lowdown on Britain's top 50 adventure locations - the online yin to the paper yang of our Joyously Busy Great British Adventure Map.

Why Go To The Gower?

Because it's amazing and you should. Just some of things you can do on the Gower that you can't do anywhere else...

  • Enjoy some of the best surfing in Britain on this small but perfectly formed peninsula in easy reach of Cardiff and Swansea
  • Walk, swim and generally luxuriate on one of the country's most beautiful stretches of coastline, with legendary Worm's Head, Three Cliffs Bay and Llangennith Beach among the many to choose from.
  • Proudly tell people down the pub that you've been to somewhere so stunning it was designated Britain’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1956.

Want to find out more? Read on for great photos, articles, videos, top tips and other content to fire up your adventure appetite. Got a question? Ask away.


Tell Me More

Britain’s first AONB, the 19 mile-long peninsula starts at Mumbles and extends westwards. Famous for its beautiful coastline and beaches from vast Rhossili Bay to tiny, secluded Pwll Du, it's an impressive place. Inland there's sheltered woodland and some nice, grassy hills, but the highlights are pretty much the entire coast: Worm's Head, Three Cliffs Bay, Devil's Bridge, Bluepool Corner, Llangennith Beach, Slade Sands.

Not many pebbles on Pobbles Beach... 

The essential journey for walkers on the Gower is the coast path, which covers entire perimeter of the AONB (part of the Wales Coast Path if you're up for a proper lengthy hike).

A secret that people hug to themselves.
— Wynford Vaughan Thomas
 Beach fun on the Gower peninsula, Wales  (Crown copyright 2018 / Visit Wales)

Beach fun on the Gower peninsula, Wales (Crown copyright 2018 / Visit Wales)

Getting To The Gower, Maps & Guides

Getting there: Drive from Cardiff (1.5 hrs), or train (2 hrs). Drive from London (3.5 hrs), or train (4.5 hrs).

Travel times from where you are: See the Gower on Google Maps.

Maps: Find the right Ordnance Survey maps and / or get a month's free subscription to their excellent OS Maps app.

Guidebooks: No dedicated guidebooks - best bet is the Rough Guide to Wales or Lonely Planet's equivalent.

Walking route guidance: have a look at the Wales Coast Path's Gower sections.

Tourist board: dedicated pages on Visit Swansea or Visit Wales


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