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The Gower Peninsula juts westward into the Bristol Channel from the southern edge of Wales, separating the Loughor Estuary to the north from Swansea Bay to the south. It is a sight of special historical interest to archaeologists, as well as tourists looking for more up-to-date comforts, and in 1956 the peninsula became the first area in the United Kingdom to be designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Gower is therefore the perfect place to combine walking, relaxing and a bit of learning about the history of Wales, from your base in one of our excellent holiday cottages on the peninsula.
The nature and wildlife of the Gower Peninsula
Gower’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty covers 70 square miles, including most of the peninsula west of Crofty, Upper Killay and Bishopston. The peninsula is known for its coastline, which is very popular among walkers and outdoor enthusiasts, particularly surfers.
Gower has many caves, such as Paviland Cave and Minchin Hole, beloved among archaeologists. The highest point of Gower is The Beacon at Rhossili Down, overlooking Rhossili Bay on the west coast of the peninsula. The southern coast consists of a series of small, rocky and sandy bays, such as Langland and Three Cliffs, and larger beaches such as Port Eynon, Rhossili and Oxwich Bay.
Where to stay on the Gower Peninsula
The northern and western reaches of the Gower Peninsula are populated mainly by small farming communities, so probably the best area to stay on the peninsula is Mumbles, or The Mumbles. This is the name given to a rocky and sandy headland jutting out into Swansea Bay, on the south coast of Gower. The area has excellent beaches and opportunities for walking, and is the perfect place to spend a break in one of our holiday cottages if you are keen to experience the best of Welsh nature but also base yourself close to one of the biggest cities in the country, as Swansea is just a few miles around the coast.
The Mumbles headland is believed to be on the site of an ancient, now-submerged forest where the remains of wild creatures such as bears, wolves, hyenas, deer, rhinoceros and elephants have been discovered in the area. Mumbles therefore is, and feels like, an ancient land. Its extraordinary beaches are overlooked by rocky outcrops and battered cliffs that can take you back to the time of the earliest human settlers, as long as 5,000 years ago.
Just around Mumbles' head is the small, sandy beach of Bracelet Bay, next to the Mumbles lighthouse, backed by cliffs. It is very popular with tourists and has views across the Bristol Channel to Devon on a clear day.
During the summer months you can hop onto the Swansea Bay Rider, a 72-seater land train running along Swansea promenade, from Blackpill Lido in Swansea to Southend Gardens in Mumbles. It provides passengers with a spectacular view of the beautiful Swansea Bay as it trundles around the coast, and of course offers an easy option if you fancy a trip to Swansea itself.